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  • TPakistan’s efforts of pursuing peace have been spurned by Indian leadership using various self created incidents as excuse for scuttling the reconciliation process. Such antagonistic behaviour leaves no option for Pakistan but to construe that India is not sincere in endorsing Pak-India peace ...

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  • TMullah Fazlullah, born as Fazal Hayat, has humble origins. He was a ski-lift operator, who abducted and later married the daughter of Maulana Sufi Muhammad, the founder of Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM), which was banned by the Government of Pakistan. Not having received formal ...

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  • THussain Haqqani, formerly member of Jamaat–e-Islami, part time journalist and alleged originating godfather of “Lifafa” journalism (accepting gratification for promoting other peoples’ heinous agenda through media), renowned for his political flip-flops for self ...

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  • TKashmiris, forced to be living around the world, because their homeland is under illegal occupation, observe October 27 as “Black Day” because on this iniquitous day in 1947, India had forcibly occupied Kashmir instead of granting them their right to self determination as inscribed in ...

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  • TBJP is desperate to woo Hindu voters to its cause of attaining victory in the forthcoming Indian elections. Since it has little to show in the realm of development during its last tenure of government (1998-2004) and was rejected by the voters, this time around, it is appealing to the Hindu ...

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  • TFormer Indian Army Chief (2010-2012), General Vijay Kumar Singh’s admission of operating the TSD (Technical Services Division) and the surreptitious use of Secret Service (SS) funds to bribe Jammu & Kashmir Minister of Agriculture Ghulam Hasan Mir to engineer a change in the State ...

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  • TThe ghosts of Sikhs massacred in the riots following Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984 have come to haunt All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi, who is visiting New York to seek medical attention at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New ...

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  • TThe All Parties Conference (APC) organized by the current political dispensation at Islamabad, reposed its confidence in the government to take commerce dialogue with the miscreants. This is a bold step to bring relief to the people of Pakistan, including civilians and members of the law enforcing ...

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  • TMost political murders in history have remained unsolved even in the most advanced countries.  John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy et-al to name a few. In Pakistan too after six decades, we are still in the dark about the real perpetrators of the assassination of our first ...

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  • TTill recently, in Pakistan’s rural sector, the mode of transfer of funds was limited to the traditional method of money order via Pakistan Post. Smaller towns, where bank branches existed, provided an option but the illiterate and below poverty line strata of society were in awe of banks ...

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  • TActing upon its election campaign pronouncement, PML-N is keen to hold peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban-Pakistan (TTP) to bring relief to the people from terror attacks. Unfortunately, an incessant barrage of attacks by various assailants has shaken the resolve of the current incumbent in the ...

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  • TOn the eve of India’s Independence Day, against the backdrop of the proclamations of a number of naval achievements, like the reactor of its first nuclear submarine Arihant going critical, the indigenously-built aircraft carrier Vikrant commencing sea trials, Vikramaditya beginning air trials ...

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  • TThe mushroom growth of the electronic media, since the advent of granting operating licences to private TV channels more than a decade ago, has offered the viewers a wide spectrum of news coverage, but also added to their woes by - at times - presenting uncorroborated news as fact.The electronic ...

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  • TGreek Dramatist Euripides’ maxim: “Those, whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad” may be applicable to our eastern neighbour; but the Indian fits of insanity is seasonal. Its recent outburst alleging Pakistani incursion across the LoC, is attributable to "monsoon ...

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  • TJohn Kerry’s first visit to Pakistan as US Secretary of State, and after the establishment of the new government led by PML-N, finally took place last week amidst murky conditions. On a historical note, relations between the two countries have been strained since the Raymond Davis affair, ...

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  • TThe Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a Eurasian security organisation, which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Except for Uzbekistan, the other countries had been members of ...

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  • TThe former Soviet Navy “Kiev” class aircraft carrier “Baku”, later called “Admiral Gorshkov” in the Russian navy, was purchased by India on January 20, 2004. Renamed the “INS Vikramaditya” and refitted at a cost of $2.35 billion, but plagued by ...

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  • TThe Pakistani media has termed the six-day visit of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to China as successful. Prior to the visit, hype was created about its importance and resolving Pakistan’s two major problems: energy shortage and dwindling economy. The PM, to the satisfaction of the people, ...

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  • TKashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observe "Kashmir Martyrs' Day" on July 13, every year. The day is commemorated in memory of the 21 Kashmiris who were shot dead, one after the other, outside the Srinagar Central Jail by the troops of Dogra Maharaja, where they had ...

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  • TMian Nawaz Sharif is heading towards China after assuming the mantle of Prime Minister for the third time. It is commendable that he selected Beijing as his first port of call. Conceivably, the serious turn of events in Pakistan, especially pertaining to the security of Chinese citizens in ...

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  • TIndia’s defence planners have been obsessed with enhancing its force levels at the cost of starving its teeming millions. The Indian penchant for force is turning it into a bully towards its neighbours. India, for instance, has gone to war with Pakistan on three occasions, invading ...

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  • TJune 15, 2013, will go down as one of the blackest days in Pakistan’s history. In the wee hours of the morning, miscreants targeted the Ziarat Residency, where the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, spent his last days. Jinnah was one of the most respected and ...

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  • TChina’s progress and development has been colossal. In the last 30 years, it has leapfrogged to become the world’s second largest economy and within a decade, it is poised to overtake the number one economy, the USA.A remarkable feature of China’s economic planners is taking its ...

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  • TA new administration is taking up the mantle of governing Pakistan and has expressed the desire to improve relations with India but on its part, the Indian media has never missed an opportunity of maligning Pakistan on one pretext or the other. The most recent example is the issue of migration of ...

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  • TMay 28, 1998 is observed as a red letter day because on this auspicious day, Pakistan responded to Indian nuclear tests on May 11th and 13th by calling its bluff and conducting its own reciprocal tests at Chaghai, Balochistan. Of course Pakistan had to pay a heavy price for its audacity since harsh ...

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  • TTerrorism is likened to the Hydra of Greek mythology, which was an ancient serpent-like chthonic water beast, with reptilian traits, that possessed numerous heads - and for each head cut off it grew two more - and poisonous breath so virulent even its tracks were ...

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  • TThe Sarabjit Singh/Sanaullah Haq entanglement brought out one fact: Indians are bigger nationalists than us. Take the case of the Sarabjit Singh; Indian civil society, politicians and military men reacted furiously on his death with one voice. Their outrage was visible in both print and electronic ...

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  • TWomen comprise more than 50 percent of Pakistan’s total population. Despite this, on an average, the situation of Pakistani women vis-à-vis men is one of systemic gender subordination, although there have been attempts by the government and enlightened groups to elevate their ...

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  • TLast month, the Information Office of the State Council, China's cabinet, published a white paper on its armed forces. The document scrutinises the latest situation, fresh challenges and new missions; examines building and development of China's armed forces; reflects on defending national ...

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  • TEver since China’s new President Xi Jinping coined the term “the Chinese Dream”, people both within the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and outside have been asking for a definition of the expression. In a visit to the “Road to Revival” exhibit at the National ...

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