Opinion

NAP gap analysis

Faisal Ali Raja The National Action Plan (NAP) focuses on four major areas, namely: capacity building of institutions, counter terrorism actions, regulation & registration and strengthening cooperation for effective communication. All twenty points of NAP can be bracketed under these four areas. For the purpose of this article, we shall restrict our analysis to Punjab and try to determine emerging …

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Agni-5: India’s drive for ICBM-I

Dr Zafar Nawaz Jaspal INDIA conducted a successful Agni-5 ballistic missile test on December 26, 2016. The successful test of Agni-5 is a great relief for the Indian scientific establishment and leadership, especially after Nirbhay Cruise missile’s test failure. Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated: “Successful test firing of Agni V makes every Indian very proud. It will add tremendous strength …

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Rajnath blames Pakistan for nothing

Kuldip Nayar HOME Minister Rajnath Singh has said that Pakistan is again trying to divide India on the basis of religion. He conveniently forgets history. Pakistan was a consequence, not the cause. The society was divided and both Hindus and Muslims had reached a point of no return. Consequently, they had marshaled themselves in two separate camps with little contacts …

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Kurds can’t be ignored in post-war Syria

Manish Rai The start of the Syrian civil war in 2011 gave the historically marginalised Kurds their first real chance to assert their autonomy and to become a political powerhouse. Syrian Kurdish society now strongly feels that they can reverse the last half-century of assimilationist pressures and revive their cultural heritage and get their political rights. Before the conflict erupted, …

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The Indus Water Treaty and the World Bank

Malik Muhammad Ashraf Pakistan and India have been involved in intractable discussions to resolve the dispute regarding construction of two hydro electric power plants namely Kishenganga and Ralte being built by the latter in violation of the provisions of the Indus Water Treaty. So in view of the stalemate on the issue Pakistan requested the World Bank which had brokered …

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Fake Indian operations in J&K exposed

Afshain Afzal THE Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers Commandant level flag meeting was held in Suchetgarh sector on Dec 14, 2016, in order to maintain peace and tranquility along international border. The meeting concluded with smiles and good gestures from both sides. It is interesting to note that Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu, who was appointed as new General …

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Trum’s ERA

Raja Mansoor Khan The invisible quarters of power are more important than the visible ones. Memories of the eventful US elections of 4th Nov 2008 are vividly alive in my mind. It was a watershed event which apparently promised hope, equality, justice and spoke of how perseverance, determination and long struggles yield fruit. In a place like the USA, where …

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M A Jinnah – Leadership Redefined

M Zafar Khan Safdar When frustration and despondency envelop a period of history like blinding fog, there arises at times a genius among his people, whose confidence in himself and the cause he advocates become the solid foundation on which is built the magnificent mansion of immortal achievement. The first half of the 20th century was one such period confronting …

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Worsening it further

Er Rashid  New Delhi rewarded Kashmiris with hanging Afzal Guru against 2010 mass uprising, and now in 2016 while hoping against hope, many were under the illusion that New Delhi would understand the significance of resolving dispute but it yet again stabbed by forcing its puppet regime to issue domicile certificates to West Pakistani Refugees. New Delhi is following the …

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Preventive Diplomacy: Successes and Failures

Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai It is also true that there is no peace and sustainable development without respect for human rights.” Antonio Guterres, Secretary General- elect of the United Nations “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” President John F. Kennedy. It has always been a challenge to exchange views on conflict …

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