Senator Sehar Kamran

  • T“The debate on the process of mainstreaming must be initiated from the Parliament. All issues ranging from madrasah, Charter of Peace and Reconciliation, De-radicalisation of these organisations must be addressed to avoid splintering and resurfacing of violent groups with new names. Political ...

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  • T‘BB ka wada nibhana hai Pakistan bachana hai’ “We represent the underprivileged, the peasants, women, young people, the minorities, all those who have been neglected by elite governments”: Mohtarma Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, 9th September 2007   Peace, Progress and ...

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  • T‘Reliance on kinetic measures to intercept non-linear threats is no longer an option, and modern statecraft in the country must absolutely familiarise itself – and quickly – with alternate tools to tackle the emerging complex and unpredictable internal and external security ...

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  • T‘Today, peace means the ascent from simple coexistence to cooperation and common creativity among countries and nations.’ Mikhail Gorbachev, Former President of the USSR 2018 marks seventy years of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and the Russian Federation. On this propitious occasion, ...

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  • T“Jammu and Kashmir is part of Pakistan, in blood, in flesh, in culture, in history, in geography. In every way and in every form.” – Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s speech at the United Nations There are few words that can judiciously describe the sentiments of the Pakistani people ...

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  • T“I put my life in danger and came here because I feel this country is in danger. People are worried. We will bring the country out of this crisis.” Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Laiquat Bagh, 27th December, 2007. Astute words from what was to be Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s ...

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  • T“You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea” – Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto  Today marks a full 50 years of the steadfast determination and indefeasible struggle by what is now Pakistan’s biggest ...

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  • T‘Non-proliferation will only work if all states are willing to cooperate, and that will only happen if all feel they are being treated fairly.’ John Bruton, Former EU Ambassador to the US. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is once again featuring in headlines ...

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  • T“Foreign policy cannot be reactional, incidental or occasional; clearly defined goals have to be followed with consistency to achieve tangible results.” Over the past few weeks, Pakistan has once again been at the receiving end of controversial statements – from President ...

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  • T“The law must be gender-blind. Democracy cannot work if women are subjugated, uneducated and unable to be independent.” –Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, in ‘Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West’.   In the aftermath of the recent disqualification of ...

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  • T“No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you” –Muhammad Ali Jinnah The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is an extraordinary and unique regional organisation. Its recent expansion is undoubtedly a historic moment, and a ...

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  • T“Control of the sea by maritime commerce and naval supremacy means predominant influence in the world … (and) is the chief among the merely material elements in the power and prosperity of nations.” –Alfred Thayer Mahan   The seas have always been gateways to the ...

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  • T“A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.” –James Freeman Clarke They say darkest hour can bring out the truth within people. Today, Pakistan is in the midst of a crisis, and we are being forced to reckon with truths we have hitherto chosen to ...

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  • T“Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.”   Theodore Roosevelt 2016 has been a year marked by upheaval and radical change in every sphere – and not ...

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  • T“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” –Prof Dr Howard Zinn   Historians agree that major underlying causes, which resulted in the outbreak of the First World War, were ‘nationalism, imperialism, arms race and an alliance system ...

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  • TTo a state where many still prescribe to the Kautilyan ideal of a single sub-continental Indian State, and revere his tenets for statecraft and foreign policy, deception and misdirection come as naturally as the involuntary function of breathing. In fact, India has mastered these arts to such ...

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  • TPakistan has recently applied for the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Much has been written on the subject, but as is always the case with matters of such complexity, much more remains unsaid. In the context of the upcoming plenary session of the group, it has become exceedingly ...

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  • TI am writing this open letter to you as a concerned member of Senate of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan – I am writing to express our gravest misgivings over the discriminatory behaviour that we fear is being demonstrated towards Pakistan by some members of the prestigious organisation ...

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  • T‘We are aware that regional economic development is a necessary prerequisite to peace and stability. [..] I have no doubt in my mind that our region is capable of taking a quantum leap into an unchartered future – a future of unlimited opportunity, a future of infinite ...

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  • T“All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”–Article 2(4), United Nations ...

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  • TAs the final Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) approaches this week, all eyes will be trained on not only the outcomes of the Washington Summit, but also on an appraisal of what the process has achieved over the course of the four summits. The laudable initiative by President Obama has been a subject ...

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  • T“Terrorism can never be accepted. We must fight it together, with methods that do not compromise our respect for the rule of law and human rights, or are used as an excuse for others to do so.”Anna Lindh Former Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs. Terrorism has now long been recognised ...

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  • TMein anay wala kal hoon, woh mujhe kyun aaj maray ga?Ye us ka weham ho ga ke woh aisay khwaab maray ga These verses reflect not only the message of hope and strength that resonated across the faces of the survivors of the Army Public School tragedy, but also the resilience that has been ...

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  • T“Missiles may kill terrorists. But, I am convinced that good governance is what will kill terrorism.”–UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki MoonAddressing the General Assembly Thematic Debate, April 2015 Six years after its initiation, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) ...

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  • T“No foreign policy - no matter how ingenious - has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none.” –Henry A. Kissinger This week Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has embarked upon his much-anticipated visit to ...

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  • T“All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.”–Benjamin Franklin The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) ...

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  • T“War against terrorism and extremism is being fought for future generations.”– General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army StaffCommand and Staff College, Quetta, 21st May, 2015 Contemporaneously, violent extremism has emerged not only as one of the most daunting challenges faced by ...

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  • TAccording to Amnesty International on July 1, 2015, “India has martyred one lakh (100,000) people in Kashmir. More than 8,000 disappeared (while) in the custody of army and state police. No one has returned so far.” Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) has been in the news off and on since ...

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  • TPakistan’s defence budget proposal for the year 2015-2016, was announced on 5th June, 2015, with the budget standing at PKR 781 billion, and the allocation for defence increased by 11.6 percent. Unsurprisingly, in the typically cavalier fashion of its critics, this increase has come under ...

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  • T“We fought for Bangladesh’s ‘swabhimaan’ (honor)... alongside Mukti Jodhas (Mukti Bahani)... for Bangladesh.”–Narindra Modi, Indian Prime MinisterAddress at the University of Dhaka7th June 2015 Once again, in the contentious history of the post-colonial ...

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