Yasmeen Aftab Ali

  • TThere are so many meaningful ways each of us can contribute towards having our children more grounded to Pakistan and inculcate in them the desire to give rather than to take from their motherland. Unfortunately our leaders are not investing in our biggest asset: our children. There is a lack of ...

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  • TOnce again, uttering the right words, both US and Pakistan have ignored the ground reality in the recent US Pakistan strategic dialogue. Interests of both countries in the evolving dynamics of the region, with US on the eve of pulling out its combat forces from Afghanistan can be different on many ...

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  • TThat Pakistan has failed to strengthen institutions to produce good leadership is obvious. Robert I. Rotberg in his book “Transformative Political Leadership” states, “Accomplished political leaders have a clear strategy for turning political visions into reality. Through ...

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  • TIn a report published by Al-Jazeera (Oct 7, 2013) “Pakistan — one of only three countries where polio is endemic — reported nearly 200 confirmed cases of the disease in 2011, the most for any country that year. Pakistan was able to bring that number down through a vaccination ...

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  • TThe major from the Artillery, stood leaning against the wall, slightly stooped, the walking stick in one hand, his hand slightly shaking. His bearing; still upright for his age, gave him away as an Army man that he was. This was the National Defense Saving Center in DHA Lahore. The major had been ...

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  • TI could almost hate India for many steps it is taking for her people that I would like to see Pakistan taking. First, India showed maturity towards implementing a system democratic in spirit with the Supreme Court’s epic judgment in September 2013, allowed casting of “negative ...

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  • THis Nibs is at it again. Foreign jaunts, show of extravaganza on visiting dignitaries, but for the common man; no electricity. Come to think of it why would the common man need electricity in the first place? To watch TV? One can do without it. Trust me; I stopped watching it many months ago. At ...

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  • TIran, losing patience with Pakistan has finally snapped the gas umbilical cord annulling the gas supply contract entered upon with Pakistan. Not that Pakistan did much once the understanding was reached. Dragging its feet, Pakistan was happy to just rest on its haunches, pleased at having reached ...

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  • TMedia reported the hanging of Abdul Quader Molla in Bangladesh, a leading Jamaat-i-Islami leader; the first person to go to gallows for the alleged massacre of 1971. A leading newspaper reported, “Molla’s lawyers had protested the original order, saying the death penalty was awarded ...

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  • TQuestion: will an understanding between P5+1 and Iran that eased off restrictions on Iran resulting from an interim deal signed in Geneva in which Iran decided to accept restrictions on its nuclear development programme, bring peace to the region and a slacking off of the proxy wars? According to ...

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  • TIf you wish to know how it feels to be disowned by the country of your birth and the birth of your forefathers in the most literal sense one can be disowned; the right people to ask would be the Rohingya of Mynmar, once Burma.Their status is officially of being “stateless” courtesy the ...

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  • TTighten your belts; hold on to the bag of popcorn and coffee you just got for yourself. The lights are about to be dimmed for the show to start. The story revolves around Article 6 under which Musharraf is to be tried. What? Get serious! You do not know what Article 6 is? I need to lay it out for ...

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  • TA semi-autonomous tribal region in northwestern Pakistan, bordering Pakistan’s provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to the east and south, and Afghanistan’s provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar, Paktia, Khost and Paktika to the west and north, FATA comprise seven tribal agencies ...

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  • TDr Gareth Porter, an independent investigative journalist and historian who specializes in U.S. national security policy in his latest piece on killing of Hakimullah Mehsud writes, “Three different Taliban commanders told Reuters Nov. 3 they had been preparing for the talks but after the ...

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  • TSaira turned nine year old this year. She wants to go in the police. Fixing her eyes earnestly on my face, eyes that are too big for her thin, under nourished face, she tells me why she wants to join the police, “I will lock up all men who beat their wives and their little girls.” Her ...

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  • TThe latest revelations come amid anger and fury; allegations that United States had tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and that NSA had also monitored the Brazilian and Mexican leaders’ communications according to a local report.The National Security Agency monitored ...

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  • TA relationship spanning over 65 years, both partners have sustained it, sometimes happily, other times not so happily. Many in the U.S. government and quite a number of independent analysts continue to express the view that U.S. strategic interests are inextricably linked with a stable Pakistan ...

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  • TOne year prior to his death in 1895, Nobel finalized his will. The relevant portion of the will, stating the criteria for what has later become known as the Nobel Peace Prize is:"och en del åt den som har verkat mest eller best för folkens förbrödrande och afskaffande eller ...

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  • TPeace has eluded Afghanistan. The country has been the backyard for powers that have invaded her, plundered her and in the end abandoned her-much like one would an aged mistress! In anticipation of the withdrawal of US combat forces from Afghanistan; without a peace plan to offer a suitable ...

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  • TEven before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s “loud-thinking” the idea of making Gwadar into a free port- India moved in May this year to counter China, upgrading Iran’s Chahbahar port that gives a transit route to land-locked Afghanistan. An investment of $100 million is ...

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  • TI have always felt that the use of the term, “Endgame Afghanistan” by political pundits for exit of the US combat forces from Afghanistan as taking a very narrow view of the issue- more a parroting of a term picked up from the western media looking at it completely from America’s ...

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  • TThere is a very real possibility of US and her NATO allies going in for “zero option” ie leaving no troops behind as the forces withdraw in 2014 from Afghanistan, if the significant complications of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) are not resolved. Although an obvious desire and ...

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  • TIt is easier to start wars than to end them. It is easier to blame others than to look inward, to see what is different about someone than to find the things we share. But we should choose the right path, not just the easy path”. Excerpt from speech in Cairo, June 2009 by Obama.In the first ...

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  • TThe plot has gone stale: a bad government, the saviors and an ultimate invasion of sorts by US and her allies bringing down the “bad government” to install a “good government”. I would think by now, people would be fed up of the wars sprung; Iraq War, the Libyan War, Afghan ...

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  • TThe five-hour drama enacted in Islamabad at the central Jinnah Avenue neighbourhood à la Sultan Rahi style and the subsequent television coverage once again exposed the core issue of the private television channels. First, the lack of a cogent, workable editorial policy devised by each ...

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  • TI do not want to talk about the statement of the Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in The Washington Post on January 20, 2013, accusing the Hindu nationalists of promoting terrorism and blaming it on Muslims. I also do not want to talk about the statement of Raj Thackeray, stating that the ...

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  • TThe vibrant hues; the reds, blues, yellows, sundown orange, turquoise, marigold yellow are all mixed up on an artist’s palette to form a muddy indiscriminate colour one cannot fathom . Though each colour in itself and separate will be clear, vibrant, soft or luminous portraying a mood of its ...

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  • TDating back to the pre-Islamic era, Pashtunwali is the code of conduct every proud Pashtun follows, may he live in Afghanistan, Pakistan, or as a refugee anywhere in the world. The native Pashtun is fiercely independent and loyal.  Against the backdrop of the importance of Fata, owing to its ...

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  • TDefining peaceful coexistence, in an interesting article by Mr Khrushchev carried by Foreign Affairs, signifies, in essence, the repudiation of war as a means of solving controversial issues. It presupposes an obligation to refrain from every form of violation of the territorial integrity and ...

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  • TThere is a myth that speaks about the Muslim supremacy. It talks of the ancient Khurasan that will be the cradle for the theatre of war and will cinch for Muslims a complete supremacy in the war over the infidels. The ancient Khurasan includes modern-day parts of Iran, Afghanistan, the Central ...

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