Rameeza Majid Nizami

  • TLAHORE - We’re on our own. Nobody will help. Nobody will hurt. They throw up their hands and say, “The Pakistani Taliban are home-grown, there is no interest in taking them on. It is a problem for Pakistan to solve.” The argument that the insurgency found footing in Pakistan with ...

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  • TAttempting an op-ed on this week’s events is a bit like slicing fugu. One wrong move and your delicious little piece may be the end of you. Property barons, a Chief Justice looked upon as a hero, gleeful chortles muffled under solemn condemnations up on the Hill, bickering anchors and a ...

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  • TLONDON - Rehman Malik did his best to heat up an unseasonably chilly London in May, yesterday.“Mian Nawaz Sharif is playing into someone else’s hands. He has gone from Nawaz Sharif to Baby Nawaz Sharif. His desire to become third time PM has meant a departure from his principles and ...

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  • TONBOARD PAK 002 - Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s wish is to be “wicket out, not caught out”. Speaking on board the special plane to London, he elaborated that while all political leaders made their “dying declarations” once they were out of power, he would be the ...

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  • TSEOUL - The Nuclear Security Summit concluded yesterday, with the announcement of the Seoul Communique, by South Korean host, President Lee. Pakistan’s role in fulfilling its security responsibilities was lauded by all participants of the conference and the Prime Minister was requested to ...

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  • TSEOUL - Between motorcades, conference rooms and security details, 44 world leaders (from the 53 countries attending), followed by 5,000 delegates and closely watched by 3,700 journalists, entered into three days of hectic scheduling, starting Sunday and extending to Tuesday. The Nuclear Security ...

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  • TIt is always a learning experience when you have the chance to sit amongst, listen to and talk with people from different countries. I was lucky enough to have such an opportunity recently, at the Going Global Conference, arranged by the British Council in London. While the British Council is ...

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  • T Women's Day has come and gone, and women in Pakistan and all over the world are, probably, no better off. This, sadly, is the un-chocolate-boxy reality. The Day has been important in that it has helped people come together on various platforms to discuss and propagate different ideas on how the ...

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  • TAmid a perception of isolation among the international community, fuelled by censure and unflattering portrayals of Pakistan in the international press, the average Pakistani would assume that the mood at the Foreign Office would be equally glum. I am happy to report here, that it is not so. ...

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  • T "What's New Pussycat?"Mr Mansoor Ijaz, after fussing over security arrange to set foot in the country, finally deigned to make himself available via videolink, to record his testimony before the Commission. Although, it was predictable that his testimony would make headlines, it was more of a fait ...

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  • T It is a commonly held view that future wars in the world will be fought over that most basic of necessities, which is fast becoming scarce: Water. Only 2.75 percent of the world’s water is fresh - and soon to be the most sought after (and fought after) commodity in the world. The last ...

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  • T Chances are that if you stood still for too long on a Karachi road yesterday, you would have been painted over as a wall chalking advertisement for the Difa-e-Pakistan Council. Karachi sported advertising for the Sunday conference at Mazar-i-Quaid, worth millions easily, with not a single wall ...

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  • T Pakistan’s 180 million people make up an exciting market. Looking at the way markets and services in Pakistan have expanded in the last few years, it is safe to say that the provision of variety and efficiency appeals to Pakistanis, as much as any other country.Where businesses cater to ...

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  • T It’s been relatively quiet after the crazy-making last few weeks. Keeping up with the news about Pakistani politics is like suffering a bipolar episode. One day you’re expecting the overthrow of the government, babbling to anyone who will listen that you will accept another military ...

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  • T On Thursday, for only the second time in history, a Prime Minister of Pakistan presented himself to the Supreme Court. Summoned to show cause as to why he should not be charged with contempt, the PM must have spent the last few days uncomfortably; listening to doomsday predictions on television, ...

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  • T Have you been watching the news this week? Are you scared out of your wits by the stomp of boots? Do you think institutions within our country are close to pointing the nukes at each other? Have you spoken to your therapist about how confused you feel when Mom and Dad and their lawyers have a ...

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  • T Between the judiciary, government, army, and others in the news these days, there are some fascinating examples on how to walk a tightrope. Observe the memogate proceedings. While the army and judiciary continue to emphasise the need to investigate the anonymously authored paper that saw Mr ...

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  • T Rameeza Majid Nizami It’s the end of the year and with the inexplicable excitement and anticipation of a new year, Pakistan’s charming optimism at seeing a new beginning every time there is the slightest opportunity, has plenty of inspiration. Mian Nawaz Sharif has stepped out onto the ...

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  • T Ever a study in confusion, Pakistan continues to deliver. On the very same ground, that drew a crowd of hundreds of thousands for Imran Khan’s jalsa, with pop stars, hijabs, jeans and skull caps all thrown into the mix, a few weeks later a similarly massive crowd summoned by an alliance of ...

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  • TYoure never a day away from a headline. In Pakistan, youre never more than a few hours away from 'Breaking News that really does deserve that description. Nato attacks.suspension of the supply line.re-evaluation of the US-Pakistan relationship.Memogatethe resignation of Pakistans Ambassador to the ...

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  • TMr Mansoor Ijaz just doesn't give up, does he? This time he's come out with an analysis on the news item he himself created in the first place - by a previous comment (or ambush disguised as an op-ed) in the Financial Times. In the inception-like quality that the Memogate has acquired, it's ...

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  • TThe resignation of Mr Hussain Haqqani as Pakistans ambassador to Washington marks another turn in Pakistans memogate scandal. Mr Haqqanis resignation, tendered to the Prime Minister instead of the Foreign Minister, will be misinterpreted as an admission of guilt - which it is not. Mr Haqqani has ...

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  • TFriday, this week, saw the conclusion of the 17th SAARC Smmit, held in Addu City in the Maldives. Addu citys resorts have probably never seen so many suits in its equatorial climate before and probably never will, unless a convention of undertakers comes to town. The reason for the selection of ...

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  • TADDU ATOLL - In the picture-perfect setting of a courtyard in the Shangri-La island resort in Addu Atoll, hordes of press persons gathered under the hot sun for what was presumably the highlight of the SAARC session a much-anticipated meeting on the sidelines between Pakistani Prime Minister Syed ...

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  • TADDU ATOLL - The 17th summit of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation kicks off today in Addu City, Maldives, with 'Building Bridges as its central theme. The conference will stretch over two days. However, as with all such conferences, much of the work has already been done behind ...

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  • TUNITED NATIONS Friday was the day of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who went ahead with formally requesting the Security Council to grant full UN membership as a path toward Palestinian statehood, despite fierce opposition from Israel and her few supporters, and a clearly stated US threat of ...

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  • TYesterday for the first time in Pakistans often dotted history regarding the minorities, a minority minister belonging to a center right party presented the budget of the richest province of Pakistan. Yesterday, in that regard at least, we got it right. Bishop Alexander John Malik who was in ...

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  • TYesterdays presentation of the federal budget for the year 2011-12 started with the realisation in the press gallery that the speech would be presented almost an hour later than planned most likely because several sections of it were undergoing a hurried rewrite in the chambers of the PM. This was ...

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  • TSpecial Envoy Marc Grossman in his efforts to improve strained ties between Pakistan and the United States, post Abbottabad, would do well to listen to former Special Envoy Richard Holbrookes advice from beyond the grave, in the form of his diary entries and jottings, now with his spouse, Kati ...

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  • TLAHORE - Sources disclose that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) investigative commission formed on the orders of Air Chief Rao Qamar Suleman is in the final stages of compiling its report of the investigation of the Abbottabad incident. The report will contain information gathered as a result of the ...

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