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The Nadiya story

Syed Talat Hussain It is alright if you have not heard of Nadiya Savchenko. Ukraine is a country located at a bird-fly distance of 2,356 miles from here and in a region almost totally removed from our geographic orientation maps. Moreover, it is a place pulled apart by global and …

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Obfuscating Balochistan

Tahir Mehdi THE southern border of NA-272 Gwadar-cum-Lasbela, in the newly delimitated electoral constituencies, comprises the entire 800-kilometre-long coastline of Balochistan, starting from Karachi and stretching up to Iran at the western end of Gwadar district. The geographical area of NA-270, encompassing four central Balochistan districts, Panjgur, Washuk, Kharan and Awaran, …

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Serious crisis waiting to happen on the eve of 2018 general elections in Pakistan

Zahid Hussain THE countdown has begun. Just two months are left to the end of the five-year term of the National Assembly, and the ensuing elections may well lead to the second democratic transition from one elected government to another. It would certainly be a milestone in the country’s rocky …

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Trump administration weighing unprecedented political penalties on Pakistan: Report

WASHINGTON: The Trumpadministration is considering “unprecedented political penalties” on Pakistan for harbouring Afghan militants waging war on the US-backed Afghan government, a media report said on Monday. While the report by Foreign Policy news portal gives no timeline for such an action, it says there is growing frustration among lawmakers, and …

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Re-centralisation

Cyril Almeida  THE danger is greater when the goal is bigger, the aim wider. And the goal just became a whole lot bigger. It started with Nawaz, but now it’s out there — the boys want more. A whole lot more. Chicken or egg — did the get-Nawaz plan spawn …

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From Bajwa doctrine, judicial activism to executive’s shrinking domain in Pakistan

Ansar Abbasi ISLAMABAD: Bajwa doctrine goes beyond the military’s constitutional mandate, and at times so does the judicial activism of Hon’ble Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. Both overstep the civil government’s domain, yet it becomes difficult to defend the latter’s case convincingly when the executive too failed to deliver and …

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Paradoxes of an ‘abnormal state’

Imtiaz Alam Pakistan is not a ‘normal country’ due to its paradoxes and fault-lines, particularly when an impression to this effect comes from defenders of our frontiers, at a time when everything is imploding – from the balance of payments to the balance of the constitutional division of power. Conflicts …

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Provincial autonomy in Pakistan and the army

Khurram Husain   THE recent remarks attributed to the army chief in a widely read newspaper report saying that the 18th Amendment presents a serious problem bigger than the six points of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman deserve some reflection. The remarks were never officially disowned by the army itself, attesting to their authenticity. Many …

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Pakistan attempts to allay concerns over Chinese influence

REUTERS ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expects net foreign direct investment (FDI) to jump about 60 percent in 2017/2018, the chairman of Pakistan’s Board of Investment said, but some Western investors appear to be put off by China’s growing influence in the South Asian nation. Chinese companies are building roads, power stations and …

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Is it the chief’s ‘doctrine’?

Zahid Hussain MYTHS are often woven around men in power. Now we hear about a ‘Bajwa doctrine’ — a term used by some media circles and, indeed, by the ISPR chief himself in an interview with a TV channel. Going by this so-called doctrine, it would seem that the army chief has a grand …

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