Najma Minhas

  • TIf I am from a poor family and my mother did not eat nutritious food when she was pregnant with me; there are good chances that I will be suffering from stunting or wasting. Over 46 percent of Pakistan’s children suffer from malnutrition, the third highest number in the world. It ...

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  • TA child, more than all other gifts That earth can offer to declining man, Brings hope with it, and forward-looking thoughts –Wordsworth   These beautiful words by Wordsworth ring hollow in Pakistan where according to the government’s own statistics, over one‐third of children are ...

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  • TTrump in his inauguration speech declared that “We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones” with such words he has given hopes to Pakistani strategists, that his arrival has ushered in a new era in Pakistani-US relations. The new Presidential website announces: “The world ...

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  • TDonald Trump, the bombastic, alleged women groper, becomes the forty-fifth President of the United States of America. The liberal elites of the East and West coast, the Republican, Democrat and media establishments are in shock and awe. It makes for interesting times ahead for the US, Pakistan and ...

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  • TIndia’s right wing BJP Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in his speech at Kerala, talked of ‘one country’, implying Pakistan, which was stopping Asia from being the dynamo it could be in the 21st century. On the other hand, his recent actions belie these words and point out that the ...

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  • TThe visit of President Obama to Saudi Arabia last week came at a time when it is becoming clear that this continental relationship is in a realignment mode. For decades Saudi Arabia has been an inimitable Arab ally for United States in the Middle East. It has been a marriage of convenience that has ...

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  • TOne head has rolled and many more are spinning as those in the limelight try to deal with the implications of the Panama leaks. An Alice in Wonderland world has opened before us. Every day we learn more about the crafty world of lawyers and accountants, used by the ultra-rich who siphon out their ...

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  • TThe Quadilateral Coordination Group (QCG) was set up during the Heart of Asia summit held in Islamabad, Pakistan in December 2015 to kick-start talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The talks collapsed in July 2015 after it was discovered that Mullah Omar, leader of the Taliban, had ...

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  • TMy blood boiled when I heard the Council of Islamic Ideology’s denunciation of increasing the age that girls were married to 18 as being ‘unislamic’ and ‘blasphemous’. Why I had expected any rationality from them is beyond me. We all know that Ijtihad has ended in the ...

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  • TThe past week has seen both the Saudi Arabian foreign minister and defense ministers visiting Pakistan. As the second largest Muslim country in the world, and one that has a sizeable Shia population, with a large professionally trained army, Pakistan has to manage its relations with both Saudi ...

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  • TThe sad deaths from the two events that happened last week in the USA and differing responses shown by the officials, media and policymakers indicate how above all else Americans are not willing to accept that whatever may be the underlying motive for the killers, it is clear that the majority of ...

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  • TOne side effect of the recent barbaric attack in Paris has been that EU countries that were already feeling deluged with refugees, arriving on their doorsteps, have garnered strong support to tighten their borders. Austria and Slovenia are talking about setting up border fences and Hungary has ...

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  • TSo, why is the Pakistani media going gaga over the Chinese President’s visit, the sack of goodies he brought with him amounting to $46bn and the 53 MOUs signed between the two countries? Well generally, Pakistan doesn’t have too many international leaders coming to the country and ...

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  • TIn the Martin Scorsese blockbuster ‘Gangs of New York’, set in mid nineteenth century New York, a territorial fight is taking place between two rivals – led by the local US born Bill “the Butcher” Cutting versus Amsterdam Vallon an immigrant Irishman. In this fight to ...

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  • TOn Wednesday, Balochistan conducted the final phase of local government elections and have elected their Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Quetta. This is a great achievement for a province which is suffering at the hands of terrorists who brought the country to a standstill a few days prior, by ...

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  • TInterestingly, if there is one segment of the population which has complete freedom of expression in Pakistan, it is the Muslim religious theocracy – they can say whatever they like - there is no curtailment, there is no retribution and there is no blowback to them from the state. The rest of ...

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  • TSo finally the new Chief Election Commissioner has been sworn in, has found his desk and chair in his impressive office in the election commission based on Constitution Avenue, made friends with the tea boy and now reality hits home. Justice Sardar Raza Muhammad Khan has accepted a job where the ...

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  • TThe Pakistani Rosa Park moment occurred on September 16th when Arjumand Azhar and fellow passengers on the PIA flight from Karachi to Islamabad threw out a VIP from entering the airplane. The follow up story with Rosa Parks losing her job is also happening with Gerry’s firing of Arjumand. ...

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  • TIt is shameful, having to use a phrase as tattered as ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,’ to describe an elected Prime Minister in one’s own country. Unfortunately, every time Nawaz Sharif has been in power with his parliamentary majorities, he has taken the ...

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  • TThe recent Herald/SDPI survey on how Pakistanis are thinking about political parties and issues one year after the 2013 elections has many provocative findings. For instance, it claims that if elections are held tomorrow, then ‘33 percent of people surveyed’ would vote for PTI, 19 ...

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  • TKhursheed Shah has set the cat amongst the pigeons with his suggestion that the elected government term be four and not five years. According to him, “this change will end all conflicts.” But why stop there? Why stop at four and not three years, and while we are at it; why not restrict ...

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  • TOn 17th June, the day of the Model Town massacre, then Law Minister, Rana Sanaullah participated in prominent journalist, Mujeebur Rehman Shami’s program, Nuqta-e-Nazar on Dunya TV. Not only was Rana characteristically unapologetic about the whole tragedy, but his comments about the hapless ...

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