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Is Pakistan moving forward or backwards?

The opposition parties are planning to organise an All Parties Conference (APC) after Eid-ul-Azha to plan the way forward. Those who have taken the...
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Time for Indo-Pakistan Talks: Rejoinder to Praveen Swami

Praveen Swami in his apparently innocent and well-meaning article titled ‘The Time might have come for India and Pakistan to talk’ has made designed...
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Who is responsible for India’s democratic downfall?

Democracy is in decline across the world. Freedom House reported that democracy around the world was ‘under assault and in retreat around the globe’. Michael J....
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Kashmir: India’s Bleeding Wound

Kashmir is the real theatre of unspeakable violence and moral corrosion that can spin us into violence and nuclear war at any moment. To prevent...
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Another Cold War at the Gates: A Strategic Calculus for National Security of Pakistan

Doklaam and Ladakh incidents are nothing less than a chapter break in the strategic landscape between India and China. They are a fundamental redefinition...
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Kashmir, Gurdaspur & Mountbatten?

Alan Campbell Johnson, in his famous book, “Mission with Mountbatten” writes – while trying to explain why Kashmir, amongst the princely states, represented a...
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Assessing the Unjust Kashmir Annexation on its Anniversary

Today is the first anniversary of India’s single-handed introduction of the way they think the Kashmir problem would be solved. On 5 August 2019,...
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5 August 2019: A Defining Moment In Indo-Sino Relations

Most observers at the time regarded India's de-facto annexation of Jammu & Kashmir on 5 August 2019 as being a defining moment for either...
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Erdogan’s Moment of Glory: Reinventing Turkey’s Islamic Past

Friday, July 24, 2020, would be long remembered in Turkey. On this day the iconic Hagia Sophia was opened for Friday prayers after a...
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Hagia Sophia: Reclaiming One’s Islamic Identity

Beautifully situated on the shores of the Bosphorus straits connecting the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea and regarded as the border between Europe...
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Simmering Cauldron of South China Sea: Trump’s bullying antics

Washington especially with Trump, has a long record of bullying nations to meet its demands, changing regimes and of engaging in illegal wars of...
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Article 35A: Who created it, why and how they have turned against it?

Article 35A of the constitution of India (abrogated on August 5, 2019, by Hindutva Govt) was the culmination of the long-standing rights movement of...
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Ease of Doing Business: Real Reforms are still to come

The Ease of doing business index ranks countries against each other based on how much the regulatory environment is conducive to business operations in...
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CPEC & the Greater Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

Southern Asia’s politics is being intensely driven by the varying dynamics and developments of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Even a single project’s take-off in Pakistan...
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Will China collapse for lack of inclusive institutions?

In his book 'The Age of the Economist', Daniel R. Fusfeld tells how economics governs our life today. In today’s market or quasi-market economies,...
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My Fulbright Journey: The Story of an Old Burglar

It was my second attempt for a Fulbright Scholarship when I was called for the selection interview. I was not sure whether I would...
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Is bureaucracy stalling change?

The civil service must be reformed Bureaucracy is defined as “the art of making the possible impossible“. Indeed bureaucrats are the biggest impediment to change....
Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia Mosque: Resonating the Revival of Islamic Identity

Beautifully situated on the shores of the Bosphorus straits connecting the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea and regarded as the border between Europe...
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Designing police reforms: The latest police reforms in the US

Designing police reforms is a challenge. Most often than not, the tendency is to appoint a group of people claiming to have know how...
Pakistan Cold War

Self-sufficiency in defence production: Pakistan Army introduces indigenous Al-Khalid-1 tank

Pakistan handed over an improved version Tuesday of its indigenously developed main battle tank to the army.Islamabad's joint venture with China and Ukraine was...
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Breaking with the past: China hints at greater political engagement in the Middle East

China is contemplating greater political engagement in the Middle East in what would constitute a break with its longstanding effort to avoid being sucked...
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COVID-19 and Ehsaas Emergency

From the very beginning, COVID-19 has been affecting people in the worst way around the world. It has engulfed lives more than that of...
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Golden opportunity under PTI rule: Ensuring complete freedom of citizens

It was early 1971, I was preparing for my FSc exams. We went to visit our extended family living on Shalimar Road, where I...
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Berke Khan: The Savior of the Muslim Civilization

Waters of river Tigris (Dajla) had become red with the blood of slaughtered Muslims of Baghdad. Nearly all residents of the city were either...
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Rise of social media is fuelling interest in cyber warfare

The rapid evolution of the global world has given rise to the IoT (Internet of Things) where every common individual has gained access to...
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While celebrating Nuclear Security Index improvement, Pakistan needs to act cautiously

The 2020 Nuclear Security Index by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) revealed that the progress on Global Nuclear Security had slowed significantly during the...
Mangroves

Reaping the economic dividends of Mangrove conservation

Zeeshan ShahPakistan is losing its natural resources and its wildlife. Deforestation and pollution within its rivers and oceans are leaving an underlying impact on...
indo-iran relationship

Indo-Iran Relationship: Pleasant, Bitter, Apathetic

Ridges in the Indo-Iran relationship have ascended to the surface again, driving the topic of whether India's strategy and responsibility towards the advancement of...
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How COVID-19 exposed a vulnerable education system in Pakistan

Pakistan had slowly, but gradually, made improvements in its academic structure. COVID-19, however, disrupted the momentum. With a  14% decrease in out of school children since...
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China-Iran strategic nexus: Implications for Pakistan

China and Iran are reportedly mulling over striking a strategic-cum-economic deal worth $400 billion. The yet-to-conclude deal is reportedly dropping India out of the key...

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Once upon a Virus: Chinese state media makes fun of US

Chinese state media network, has released a video that mocks the United States' coronavirus response. It tries to 'expose' and belittle Trump Administration's claims...

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