Shamshad Ahmad

  • TIn a message to All-Pakistan Educational Conference at Karachi on November 27, 1947, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah said: ““There is no doubt that the future of our State will and must greatly depend upon the type of education and the way in which we bring up our children as the ...

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  • TThe whole world is looking at Pakistan as a crucial factor of peace and stability not only in Afghanistan but also the larger region from China’s Western border to Central Asia and Southwest Asia to including Iran and the GCC countries. The region itself is bracing for the change beyond 2014. ...

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  • TDespite Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s renewed overtures for peace between India and Pakistan, the two nuclear-armed neighbours remain inextricably locked together in a straightjacket with each looking in the opposite direction while crying hoarse at each other. They just cannot unbuckle ...

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  • TOn this independence anniversary again, many of us who belong to the first generation that saw and experienced the formative phase of Pakistan and its creation as a dream of its founding fathers, are indeed agonized over the thought of what Quaid-i-Azam had envisioned this country to be and where ...

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  • TPrime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s back-channel initiative has given rise to a flurry of speculations and anxiety in the country. The media on both sides of the border is running wild with assumptions of all sorts. With a narrow tunnel-vision overview of the India-Pakistan relation’s history ...

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  • TTwo years ago, with the so-called Arab Spring, a moment of reckoning seemed to have arrived for autocratic rulers and dictators in the Arab world from the Maghreb to the Arabian Peninsula. For the first time in Arab history, a dictator in Tunis was ousted in a peaceful popular revolution. The ...

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  • TFor a change, our federal ministers seem to be doing their homework and, unlike their predecessors, are speaking the truth in describing the gravity of crisis left behind by the last two outgoing regimes. It is a huge legacy of the past 14 years of dictatorship and kleptocracy that, perhaps, no ...

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  • TThe first budget of the new government brings no surprises. It was expected to be a difficult budget given the gravity and magnitude of the crisis of governance and economy inherited by this government as a legacy of the past 14 years of dictatorship and kleptocracy. It has been a terrible legacy ...

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  • TOur media last week over blew President Barack Obama’s statement after a meeting with Nato Secretary General in Washington that Nato will hold a summit next year on the “final chapter” in its Afghan war and on a new “training mission” after the scheduled combat troops ...

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  • TChina’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang arrives in Islamabad tomorrow on a two-day visit to Pakistan. A traditionally warm welcome awaits Premier Li on his first visit to Pakistan after he assumed his office in March this year. The visit takes place immediately after the elections in Pakistan in ...

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  • TNothing goes off suddenly; even the earthquakes set in motion from the depth of the earth to the rooftops of villages." This line from a poem written two decades ago by a renowned Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti was quoted in the American media two years ago to explain the long-brewing ...

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  • T“…....The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty. Force is a physical power, and I fail to see what moral effect it can have........Let us then admit that force does not create right, and that we are ...

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  • TDemocracy is known for its revenge. In the year 2008, it struck in two places to take its revenge. It struck in America to crush the race "barrier" and installing in the White House the first-ever non-white President in US history. Democracy also struck in Pakistan with elections in February 2008 ...

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  • TJustice Markandey Katju, a former judge of the Indian Supreme Court who also served as Chief Justice of three high courts and who is currently Chairman of India’s statutory media regulatory body, the Press Council of India, is known for making stunning statements and has lately been in the ...

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  • TIn an unlettered society where one rarely comes across people genuinely into writing or reading and where books are sold not by content but by weight as a waste paper commodity and where book stores are disappearing fast getting converted into video shops or burger stands, the arrival of every ...

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  • TJustice Markandey Katju, a former judge of the Indian Supreme Court who also served as Chief Justice of three high courts and who is currently Chairman of India’s statutory media regulatory body, the Press Council of India, is known for making stunning statements and has lately been in the ...

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  • TThis year’s Kashmir Day was special. It was observed all over Pakistan with renewed if not recharged fervour and commitment on the part of both the government and the people, reaffirming their full solidarity with the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for their inalienable right to ...

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  • TMore than two millennia after his death, Socrates remains as relevant as ever. The Greeks have already been getting nostalgic of their old wise man who doled out self-help tips, while railing against the hypocrisies of society and the state - and whose lessons live on more than 2,400 years after ...

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  • TDr Mohammad Tahirul Qadri’s appearance in Pakistan is likened to a figurative example of “setting the cat among the pigeons”, but the question is who has set this angry cat among Pakistan’s political pigeons causing a commotion that has never been seen before in our history. ...

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  • TPakistan, a newly elected non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, is beginning its two-year term today by assuming its month-long alphabetically rotating presidency for the month of January. Reportedly, under its presidency, Pakistan is planning to hold couple of ‘open’ debates ...

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  • T South Asia was globally important during the Cold War era and remains relevant to world’s peace and security in today’s troubled environment. The policy of containment, in its final phase, was enacted on the soil and rugged mountains of this region with Pakistan and Afghanistan ...

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  • TOurs is the story of a society that has been going round and round in aimless circles for 65 years. We have still not been able to define our national identity and evolve a political system needed for a multi-ethnic and multi-linguistic population. Our quest for survival has been as compelling as ...

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  • TAs if already we didn’t have enough governance worries at home, here comes the Punjab government’s ill-conceived decision on renaming of Lahore’s Shadman Chowk as Bhagat Singh Chowk to spark a new controversy involving distortions of history. There are many reasons for this ...

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  • TSharmila Faruqui Although the apex court's decision acquitting five persons went against Mukhtaran Mai, yet she remains victorious. To many it would seem strange, but the way in which Mai raised her voice throughout the world to get justice has no parallel. In fact, she can be called the Rosa Parks ...

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  • TAt last week's session of the Geneva-based 65-member Conference on Disarmament (CD), Pakistan had no choice but to ensure its vital national interests were not jeopardised. It had earlier in May this year joined in a consensus adopting the CD's "programme of work" which everyone hailed as a ...

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  • TThe current global trends in nuclear security are not very encouraging as the world loses momentum towards "general and complete disarmament" as envisaged in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). There has been a progressive erosion of genuine moves toward this overarching goal as witnessed in ...

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  • TIndia has introduced yet another ominous element into the already volatile security environment of South Asia, a region which is today considered the most dangerous place on earth. Indeed, the world today is in turmoil, and South Asia is at the root of most of its problems ranging from inter-state ...

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  • TWe just celebrated 62 years of our independence. We should have used this occasion to reflect over what the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had envisioned this country to be and where we actually stand today as a nation and as a state. Alas, the Quaid did not live long to ...

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  • TPerhaps we are ready to reverse the tide of our history. This time, the infamous "doctrine of necessity" is about to be buried forever. The free and independent Judiciary is bracing itself to repay some of the old debts that it owes to the nation since the 1950s. No precedents of validation should ...

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  • TExactly one month after Zardari-Manmohan Singh meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit at Yekaterinburg in Russia in June, the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan have met in Egypt's resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh on the sidelines of NAM Summit agreeing in ...

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