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Politics over murder

December 30, 2017

The 2014 Model Town incident where 14 unarmed people including women were gunned down by Punjab police is one of the worst incidents of police brutality in the country. What was worse is that the incident happened right in the center of Lahore, capital of the province governed by the self-professed ‘Servant...

An appropriate reply

December 29, 2017

Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor remarked on Thursday while addressing a press briefing that Pakistan has done enough and now it is the time for Afghanistan and the Unites States to do more for Pakistan. While commenting on the demand of US to take action against alleged presence of militants inside Pakistan, particularly...

Tripartite talks

December 28, 2017

The first round of tripartite talks between Foreign Ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan have concluded with a number of positive messages emerging from the meeting. The talks were result of the initiative undertaken by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi who had visited both Afghanistan and Pakistan earlier this year. The joint press release issued after the talks...

A goodwill gesture

December 27, 2017

On humanitarian grounds Pakistan arranged meeting of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife and mother at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Monday. Jadhav’s mother, Avanti, and wife, Chetankul arrived in Islamabad on the same day and went to Indian High Commission prior to meeting with Jadhav. It was commendable gesture by Pakistan, on...

US Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan, where in an apparent warning to Pakistan he said that days to shelter terrorists have gone and Pakistan has much to lose by continuing to harbor terrorism. He further said Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with peace efforts in Afghanistan. “For too long Pakistan has provided safe haven...

Inclusive Pakistan

December 25, 2017

Seventy years on, the debate whether Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had envisioned a secular or religious country still rages on. Many individuals and parties claim that they want to resurrect what they describe as Jinnah’s Pakistan. As Christmas and Jinnah’s birthday coincide today it is an ideal time to look at what Jinnah really wanted for Pakistan and more importantly...

Unsafe drinking water

December 24, 2017

Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Saqib Nisar remarked on Saturday that the provision of clean drinking water is the responsibility of Sindh government, while hearing the water pollution case at the Karachi registry. Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah was summoned to the court to give a timeframe for resolving the water pollution crisis in the province. It is saddening...

U.S. in a fix

December 23, 2017

By voting by a huge majority (128-9) to reject the U.S. move on Jerusalem, the United Nations general assembly has delivered a clear message to Donald Trump that this adventurism and illegal and unjustified actions won’t be tolerated and the world won’t hush up at his threats. The U.S. administration had tried to keep away nations from voting by issuing threatening...

Decision of army chief General Qamar Bajwa to accept invitation of the Senate to visit parliament and deliver a briefing on wide range of issues is a welcoming development. Along with Chief of Army Staff (COAS), DG ISI, DG MI and DGMO were also present in in-camera meeting as military leadership briefed the house over national security policy. Military leadership briefed...

Pemra chairman

December 21, 2017

Absar Alam on Monday stepped down from his post as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) shortly after the Lahore High Court declared his appointment illegal. Announcing verdict on a petition which had raised questions on Alam’s appointment, the high court declared Alam’s appointment illegal. A citizen, Munir Ahmad filed petition...

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