Malik Muhammad Ashraf

  • The concept of the ombudsman evolved during the Swedish enlightenment in eighteenth century where democracy, humanitarianism and individual liberty were emphasized against state absolutism, injustice and abuse or misuse of public power. The surge of democratic values placed prime importance upon ...

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  • Continuing with its poverty alleviation and relief measures for the masses groaning under the impact of the hydra-headed inflation, the government announced yet another relief package of Rs.10 billion for the next five months-- which envisages to provide substantial subsidies on wheat, sugar, rice, ...

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  • Whether Pakistan will remain on the grey list for another extended period or get out of it will be decided by the FATF plenary meeting in Paris later this month. However, Pakistan delegation led by Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar seems to have successfully defended its compliance report ...

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  • The right of the people to self-determination is a cardinal principle in modern international law. The concept of self-determination evolved as a by-product of the doctrine of nationalism. It found expression in the French and American Revolutions. The allies accepted self-determination as an aim ...

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  • Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi talking to Fox News during his recent visit to USA while answering a question about Afghanistan was right on money to observe “the convergence between Pakistan and US stands as a unique opportunity for peace in Afghanistan, ultimately a shared ...

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  • An incisive appraisal of the developed countries reveals that their phenomenal economic growth was propelled by entrepreneurship, which is rightly regarded as a key to economic prosperity. Entrepreneurship is the capacity and willingness to start a new business venture and the hallmark of ...

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  • The outgoing year undoubtedly proved a tough period for the masses, owing to some harsh and much needed corrective measures taken by the government to stabilise the economy and putting it back on the path of sustained economic development. The burgeoning inflation not only was the inevitable result ...

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  • A few days ago US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper held bilateral talks with their Indian counter parts dubbed as two-plus-two ministerial dialogue and in the joint statement issued at the end of the parleys while reaffirming the growing strategic partnership ...

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  • On Wednesday 25th December the nation on celebrated birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the man who fought against all odds and severest opposition to the division of the sub-continent into two states and created our beloved Pakistan. He had a vision about the future of the country and the ...

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  • Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) passed by the Indian parliament has not only sparked violent demonstrations against it in the North-Eastern states of the country leading to the death of six protestors so far but the legislation has also drawn flak both within India as well at the international ...

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  • On the World Human Rights Day, Prime Minister Imran Khan in a tweet made an appeal to the world’s conscience and the upholders of the international law and to the UN Security Council to act against the illegal annexation of Indian Occupied Jummu and Kashmir. In yet another tweet he condemned ...

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  • Reportedly, 38 Kashmiris have been martyred since 5th of August out of which 7 were either killed in fake encounters or during custody. Consequently an atmosphere of fear and intimidation continues to prevail in the Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas in Jummu region. Schools and shops remain ...

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  • Environmental pollution, unhygienic practices and surroundings, inadequate and inappropriate arrangements for disposal of waste, lack of cleanliness and poor sanitation are the major problems confronting the third world countries including Pakistan which not only affect health of the citizens but ...

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  • Prime Minister Imran Khan has claimed that after a gap of four years country’s economy is heading in the right direction as the current account deficit has turned into surplus during October for the first time in four years registering a decrease of 73.5 % as compared to the same period last ...

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  • At a solemn and impressive ceremony attended by Sikhs from India and all over the world, high profile personalities from Pakistan and India including Navjot Singh Sidhu, Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor on last Saturday allowing unhindered access to the Sikhs to their ...

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  • As the sit-in by the followers of JUI (F) continues and the interaction between the negotiating teams of the government and the Rahbar committee of the opposition has failed to produce any positive results so far in regards to defusing the situation, the chances of a clash between the law enforcing ...

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  • Reportedly Deputy Director General for Policy Planning of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Yao Wen talking to the visiting Pakistani journalists categorically stated that China did not want the FATF forum to be politicized as some countries were pursuing their political agenda in a bid to ...

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  • In the backdrop of heavy gun fire and shelling across the LOC last Sunday by the Indian troops which martyred one soldier and claimed six civilian lives and the retaliatory action by Pakistan army in which nine Indian soldier were killed and two bunkers were destroyed, the Indian top military ...

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  • Prime Minister Imran Khan currently is on a mission to defuse tensions between US-Iran and Iran-Saudi Arabia which have heightened the prospects of an armed conflict in the region, in the backdrop of a missile attack on Saudi oil installations and an Iranian Oil tanker. Though the relations between ...

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  • A weekly newspaper in its editorial while trying to belittle the importance and credit earned by Prime Minister Imran Khan for his speech at the UN---in which he espoused the cause of Kashmir, unmasked the fascist countenance of Modi, sounded a warning to the world of the likely humanitarian crisis ...

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  • Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat talking to an Indian media outlet alleged that Pakistan had reactivated terror facility at Balakot and in a threatening tone said “ India will not allow Pakistan to vitiate the atmosphere in IOK any longer. Pakistan controls the terrorists, who act as its ...

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  • In the lead up to his address to the General Assembly, Prime Minister Imran Khan has met President Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Turkish President Tayyab Erdogan, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, US lawmakers ...

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  • Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing a press conference after inaugurating round the clock facility at Torkham border on Wednesday rightly condemned the Ghotki incident and termed it a conspiracy to sabotage his coming visit to USA and his address to the UN General Assembly. One tends to ...

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  • In the backdrop of sudden pulling the plug on US Taliban talks by President Trump, which has brought the things to square one at least for now, Pakistan has rightly urged the stakeholder to re-engage maintaining that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan looked ...

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  • Wars have been part of the history of mankind and in spite of their destructive nature they have been fought between nations without refrain and still continue to happen with all their diabolical repercussions, notwithstanding the efforts of the international community through United Nations to ...

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  • Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing the nation on 26yh August said “ Pakistan will go to any extent in support of the people of occupied Kashmir and will stay with them till the last breath whether any country stands with us or not.” His remarks exhibited the irrefutable reality ...

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  • While one year is not long enough a period to evaluate impact of the policies of any government because of the time-lag required in the completion of the projects initiated for socio-economic development and the inherited challenges, but the exercise can give a fair idea of the trends set and the ...

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  • The scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A of the Indian constitution which granted special status to IOK and forbade buying of property by the outsiders in the valley respectively, was very much on the cards since Modi became Prime Minister of India in 2014 as it was part of his election manifesto. ...

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  • Modi government and the believers in the Hindutva philosophy might be rejoicing the scrapping of article 370 paving the way for making Jummu and Kashmir part of the Indian Union not realizing that this dangerous and wrong move would have very serious consequences for the regional as well as Indian ...

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  • The prime duty of the state and the governments running the state affairs is to promote the well being of the people by pursuing policies aimed at poverty alleviation and providing safety nets for the vulnerable sections of the society in conformity with the modern concept of a welfare state. ...

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