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The American Juggernaut

The US strategic design to neutralise the Russo-Chinese challenge to its undisputed global hegemony continues to emerge steadily. Its intent to tackle them piecemeal is becoming more evident as events unfold in Europe and Asia/South-Central Asia Region (SCAR). This multidimensional US juggernaut, encompassing military, diplomatic, economic,…

How Sri Lanka fell

In this day and age, people are less or more resistant towards injustice. A recent example of the Sri Lankan chaos can be referred to in this case. There are many reasons due to which Sri Lanka is suffering today. In 2018, Sri Lanka was one of the world’s top destinations for tourism. 12-13 percent of Sri Lankan economy was derived from tourism. In…

Can passion make a nation rise?

Arif you must stop reading fiction, and learn philosophy”, said my mother taking away Harold Robbin’s novel ‘The Carpetbaggers’ from my desk while handing me ‘The Republic’, which is a Socratic dialogue written by Plato about the order and character of a ‘just’ city state. In a discussion with his young companion Glaucon, Socrates describes that…

Past in Perspective

The Mona Lisa was originally intended to be a portrait but over the course of time, the meanings associated to it has shifted. She has become an icon of the Renassance and one of the most famous paintings across the world. She was in all likelihood the wife of a merchant who ordered a portrait but for some reason, it was never delivered and was…

Intra-Party Elections

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday issued a show-cause notice to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif over his failure to conduct intra-party elections of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), which he himself heads. Similarly, the commission issued a final notice to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to hold the polls within…

Balochistan Fires

The fire raging in the Sherani region of Balochistan started five days ago. Thankfully, the armed forces, the provincial government and the federal government are all working together to counter it. But the changing climate, increasing water shortages and unpredictable droughts entail a rethink in our approach to forest fires and how to stop them.…

Another Weekend Of Chaos

Given that the Punjab Assembly session was rescheduled at a day’s notice on Saturday, yesterday’s proceedings at the provincial assembly were expectedly chaotic and inconclusive. From the province’s governor to Speaker Pervaiz Elahi’s actions in the last month—calling a session for the assembly and then proroguing it whenever the numbers look to be…

Dadu fire

The lack of rescue and fire-fighting facilities is mostly ignored until a tragedy strikes. On Tuesday, in a devastating inferno in Dadu, Sindh several children including adults were burnt to death and around two dozen men and women suffered severe burns. According to reports, the fire was triggered in a village about 30 kilometres from the town of…

Our ruling elite

It is time that the paid and elected ruling elite of this country, who aspire to hold public office, must be seen to have all their stakes in this country, no conflicts of interest, and lead by example in their total commitment to Pakistan. This country was created by politicians with integrity and character, who were not smitten by greed for…

Pak-Russian relations

Pakistan’s objective national interests are best served by retaining its recently improved relations with Russia while simultaneously improving its troubled ties with the US. Neither should occur at the expense of the other since a balance between them is the most optimal scenario. The two latest developments suggest that the new authorities are…

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