Syed Ali Zafar

  • TMany of the worlds leading nations well known for their economic development had long ago implemented policies to optimise the use of their water and land. Construction of dams is one of the methods by which water resource can be utilised to the maximum. Since dams are instrumental not only in the ...

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  • TWhether we approve it or not, judiciary too, along with army, politicians and bureaucracy, has played an extremely important role in shaping Pakistan's history and almost all political matters have ultimately come before the Supreme Court for decision in one form or the other. Whether it was a ...

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  • TDo you, fellow countrymen, sometimes feel helpless to change what is going on in our beloved country? Do you also sometimes think that our elected governments are (i) moving on the wrong path (ii) not doing enough (iii) acting too slowly or (iv) all of the above? If so, do you feel frustrated? Do ...

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  • TThe war with Talibans has begun. Our soldiers are involved in a pitched battle. They are laying down their lives for our security in the call of duty. The All Parties Conference (APC) has been called to deliberate. The message that APC needs to send across the nation is that there is no question of ...

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  • TThe Swat 'Peace Accord', as many have been consistently writing, was bound to fail in controlling the Talibans. Having been successful in physically forcing the government to recognise their authority in Swat, it was only a matter of time before the Talibans would try and capture other areas of ...

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  • TAn old Moorish proverb brings to mind a great truth "He who is afraid of a thing gives it power over him." Sufi Muhammad threatened to cancel Swat Accord unless the president signed it immediately. Instead of being fearful, the right thing was to bring the matter before Parliament for debate and ...

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  • TThe cry in the streets is "Peoples' chief justice is back; now justice shall prevail." There is genuine jubilation all over the country. Pictures of lawyers dancing with police and children waving Pakistan's flag are inspiring. No doubt the unthinkable has happened and everyone is justified in ...

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  • TFor a long time Pakistanis have had their eyes wide shut to the plight of the brave people inhabiting Swat, Dir, Chitral and other areas of Malakand Division and ignored the ominous signs that Taliban militants were steadily increasing their power. Talibans do not have any hidden agenda - their ...

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  • TSyed Ali ZafarThere is certainly a plan afoot against Pakistan and we all seem to be helping. Pakistan participated in War On Terror without any strategy and in spite of being victims of worst terrorist attacks ever faced by any country Pakistanis were blamed for not doing enough. Many even hold us ...

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  • TUS "Pakistan Policy" is one of the top and most complex priorities on Obama's political agenda. Indeed next US initiatives in the region are critical not only for Pakistan but for the success or failure of War On Terror and ultimately effectiveness of Obama's presidency. Whatever needs to be done ...

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  • TStates are formed for promoting the economic, social and environmental well being of its citizens. The most effective means to achieving this end is through democracy at all levels. Pakistan, a federation, is today a constitutional democracy in full bloom - every citizen is represented at federal ...

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  • TPakistan faces serious multi-dimensional crises - War On Terror, issues of law, order and economics, and threats to its territorial security - to name a few. Who in a democracy is to formulate and implement strategies and policies, and then coordinate between the many state institutions to counter ...

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  • TA hero is someone who is writ large, larger than life. According to Webster it is a figure "endowed with great strength or ability; man admired for his achievements and noble qualities; one that shows great courage, a central figure of an event, period or movement; object of extreme admiration and ...

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  • TObama's election as president and Bush's exit from the world scene may be cause for rejoicing for many, but it does not change the grim reality in Pakistan which, like most of world's economies, is going through a financial crises. The fact is that since Pakistan's 'friends' have this time not been ...

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  • TPost cold war era has opened the possibility of making disagreement work for the good of society rather than against it. This is so even when there are acute divisions and some fierce conflict raging in various parts of the world and even within an otherwise apparently cohesive society. In the ...

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  • TPresident of Pakistan is spot on when he says that War On Terror is now Pakistan's war. We do not need threats of attack from US presidential candidate, Barack Obama, because we know that Pakistan is the victim and not perpetuator of terrorism and it is Pakistanis and Pakistanis alone, who have to ...

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  • TPakistan has recently achieved a great deal in terms of strengthening its democratic structure - transparent and fair elections have been held, majority parties/coalition partners have peacefully formed their governments at the centre and in provinces, the prime minister and chief ministers took ...

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  • TWar is defined in international law as the "use of armed forces by a state against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of another state" and this is also the meaning of "aggression" as adopted by the UN. The attack of September 2008 when to the ...

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  • TAugust 18, 2008 was indeed a historic day in Pakistan's history - the strong man of Pakistan bowed before public opinion and resigned. Pakistan completed yet another step towards true democracy and the nation showed to the world that we too can resolve our issues wisely and maturely, without ...

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  • TPakistan was the first Muslim state to recognize China in 1950 and hence began an era of mutual trust and understanding for which often colorful metaphors like "time tested" and "all whether" friendship have been often aptly used. The relationship went from strength to strength primarily because ...

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  • TIn my previous article I wrote that in order to gain confidence of people, the government must immediately begin to implement reform packages to meet the urgent economic needs of Pakistan. Instead the nation has been greeted with a sorry declaration that "Kalabagh Dam stands shelved for ...

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  • TNot all people will be satisfied with all policies of the government all the time, and ultimately, in a democracy, people have a choice to change it in the next elections. It is part of the political process that the new government will inherit a mixed bag of good and bad programmes from the past ...

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  • TFrom the Charter of Democracy via Murree Declaration to Dubai negotiations and London talks the split between PPP and PML(N), predicted by many early on, has finally taken place. Who is to blame is not relevant. Nor should it be of any concern that this has happened - it is but a part of ...

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  • TA new constitutional package is evidently to be introduced soon in parliament which may contain provisions curtailing the powers of the president, incorporating a package of judicial reforms and strengthening provincial autonomy. Some are even advocating that this parliament should change the basic ...

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