October 2015

Where is the State of Pakistan?

The National Interest

Raison d’état of a country’s goals and ambitions “If citizens are to support the government which prosecutes it, soldiers are to die for it, and foreign policies are to conform to it, what could be more appropriate than to ask: What is national interest?” (Charles A. Beard, The Idea of National Interest) The concept of “National Interest” is one of …

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Political Accountability, An Islamic viewpoint

Governance in Islam

The question of “accountability” has for long been one of the major issues in politics and administration. In the Western literature, two groups of theorists — the Marxists and the Liberals — have given basically contradictory opinions on this issue. However, both groups have serious weaknesses which have led many others to think of alternative approaches to this concept. Today, …

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Mind your Language

Students should learn to write correct English. Here are some sentences with grammatical and linguistic errors. Read them carefully to understand the errors in them and their correct version. 1. Japan is very interested to invest in Pakistan. (incorrect)Japan is much interested in investing in Pakistan. (correct) 2. He is the best and more deserving candidate. (incorrect)He is the best …

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Vocabulary in News

arraign: charge, prosecute, indict, incriminateHe was arraigned for criminally abetting a traitor. besiege: surround, enclose, encircle, close in on, hem inThe main part of the army moved to besiege the town. brandish: wave, display, exhibit, flauntHe appeared in the lounge brandishing a knife. brouhaha: hubbub, uproar, commotion, turbulenceThe brouhaha of the crowd startled even the players. callousness: heartlessness, insensitivity, coldnessI …

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The Art Of Précis Writing

Précis is the presentation of ideas with succinctness and brevity. Utility of the art of précis writing is universally accepted in administrative affairs. In CSS preparation, learning of the précis writing art wields momentous importance because the passing of the Précis and Composition paper is highly dependent on it. The process of précis writing involves three parts: (1) comprehending the …

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Looking into the Eyes of Adversity

“I can’t, it is impossible,” said a foiled lieutenant, to Alexander. “Begone,” shouted the conquering Macedonian, “there is nothing impossible to him who will try.” Indeed, nothing is impossible before the resolute strength of the indomitable will. It is this will and tenacity of the purpose alone that help men extract freedom from subservience, accomplishments from failures, successes from misfortunes, …

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Judicial Remedies Against

Administrative Excesses & Quasi-Judicial Proceedings One often comes across seasoned bureaucrats having vast knowledge and experience of running public affairs at their credit, with their words exuding a pride of being honest and dedicated to service delivery and bringing significant changes in improving public service. I often seek guidance from them and also try to benefit from their knowledge and …

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The Montreal Protocol

Montreal Protocol

Celebrating the Best Climate Treaty of All Time Not so long ago, humanity stood on the brink of a self-inflicted catastrophe. Our use of ozone-depleting substances, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), had torn a hole in the ozone layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. But, we tackled this challenge. Thirty years ago, the international community signed the …

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