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Murky political waters

Malik Muhammad Ashraf True that democracy has not been able to find its roots in Pakistan due to the shenanigans of the military dictators but it is also true that our political parties and political leaders were equally guilty of shattering the vision of the founding father. During the civilian rule that interspersed the martial…

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Panama looming over next polls

M Ziauddin It seems Pakistan has entered the election mode with the poll date still more than a year away. The two major opposition parties, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have already begun their respective mobilization efforts by launching country-wide public meeting programs. Understandably, the two are using ‘corruption’ as the main…

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Finding people

Muhammad Hamid Zaman As we go through the important and long-overdue exercise of the national census, I am reminded of Mukhtar Masood’s poignant words in his book Awaz-e-dost, “when we do census, we find plenty; but when we seek real souls, we return empty-handed.” Masood died last week. In many ways, it was a deep…

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CPEC misgivings and reality

Dr Miftah Ismail There has been a spate of articles by journalists and statements by business leaders expressing reservations both about CPEC-related industrial zones and also our nation’s ability to meet its sovereign obligations vis-a-vis various projects undertaken by the Chinese and other investors. Whereas most of the reservations expressed are out of sincere concern,…

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The ‘mother’ of all judgements

Wajid Shamsul Hasan Mother of all judgments seems to be an appropriate description for the split verdict in the mega corruption case involving Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his immediate family members. The verdict will have wide-ranging ramifications and can lead to several ominous possibilities. Two senior most Supreme Court judges, who are in line…

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Kulbushan’s Death sentence: Success of ISI and Pakistani security agencies

Maemuna Sadaf India is so much anxious about Kulbhshan because he was not an ordinary spy. He has a strong family back ground. He is relative of Ajeet Doval, who is famous for his strong intelligence operations. Kulbushan’s father served as Mumbai Police Commissioner. He joined National Defense Academy (India) in 1987. In 1991, he…

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Sino-Indian tensions

Umar Waqar As reported by Economic Times , China has for the first time announced “standardised” official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, days after it lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama’s visit to the frontier state. The move was aimed at reaffirming China’s claim over the state. China claims the…