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CPEC will define Pakistan’s future


Recently, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Summit and Expo concluded successfully. The two-day event,held in Islamabad on Sep 6th , enhanced awareness about business opportunities in Pakistan among local and foreign businessmen. The event was welcomed and approved by all the attendees. To elaborate the advantages of the CPEC extensively and shed light on the much-discussed benefits of the project, …

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Right to Information and freedom of speech


As the world celebrates the 14th International Right to Know day today, it is appropriate to discuss the role of legislation, political parties, regulatory bodies and international best practices in protecting the right to information, freedom of expression and other human rights both off-line and in digital spaces. The significance of correlation between the right to information and freedom of …

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Why the U.S.-Israel Military Aid Package Matters


Despite record levels of U.S. military assistance to Israel under the Obama administration, the state of U.S.-Israel relations has worsened, not strengthened, in recent years. Chen Kane    –    W. Seth Carus      –  Nima Gerami After months of tense and drawn-out negotiations, on September 14 the United States and Israel signed the largest U.S. military aid package given to any country, …

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A polio-free Pakistan


IN recent times, Pakistan’s polio eradication efforts have witnessed much improvement. From more than 300 reported polio virus cases in 2014 to 54 in 2015, and only 14 this year so far, the decrease is attributed to coordinated national immunisation programmes and the surveillance of high-risk populations. On Monday, a three-day nationwide polio vaccination campaign began. The goal: immunising 37m …

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KP Police Powers


THE Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly was witness to an unusual spectacle on Friday a meeting of minds between the treasury and opposition benches. Legislators across the aisle expressed their reservations about the provincial police force that, according to them, was abusing the powers it has recently acquired under an ordinance and committing excesses against `innocent` people. The heated discussion came …

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Why Arab States Have Failed


The recent killing of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, ISIS’s propaganda chief, has been touted as a great success by the countries trying to decimate ISIS capabilities. It was seen as such a great achievement that both the United States and Russia claimed that their air attacks were responsible for his death. The forces ranged against ISIS—the United States, Turkey, the Iraqi …

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India’s Armed Forces, Guns and ghee

India’s Armed Forces, Guns and ghee

To many Indians, their country’s strategic position looks alarming. Its two biggest neighbours are China and Pakistan. It has fought wars with both, and border issues still fester. Both are nuclear-armed, and are allies with one another to boot. China, a rising superpower with five times India’s GDP, is quietly encroaching on India’s traditional sphere of influence, tying a “string …

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Will there be war?


Will there be a war between India and Pakistan due to attacks by non-state actors on an Indian Army installation at Uri? The question begs an answer due to the strident response of the Indian media. The war clouds obscure the fact that the death knell of conventional wars between the nuclear armed adversaries has already been sounded due to …

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Functions and powers of UN General Assembly


LAHORE: During its 71-year old history, the 193-member United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has had only one Pakistani as its President in 1962, when the country’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Chaudhary Muhammad Zafarullah Khan (1893-1985) was elected for this prestigious slot. Zafarullah Khan had earlier served as Pakistan’s first foreign minister between 1947 and 1954. A devout Ahmedi by …

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Few paths to planet-saving climate goal


OXFORD: The global target to prevent climate catastrophe, crafted at a landmark summit last year in Paris, will be very difficult if not impossible to hit, said some of the world`s top scientists meeting this week in Oxford. The first-ever climate pact to enjoin all nations vows to cap global warming at `well below` two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) …

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