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SC declares Nawaz Sharif ineligible to head party

by Sohail Khan ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday declared former prime minister Nawaz Sharif ineligible to continue as president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for being a disqualified person declared by a court of law and declared null and void all actions taken by the former prime minister ...

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Fighting elections without faith in democracy

By Samuel Baid In May 1988 then Prime Minister of Pakistan Mohammad Khan Junejo was returning home from East Asia. He was happy with himself for having told by his hosts that democracy had taken root in his country. But, alas, when he got close from the plane at Islamabad ...

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This Kashmir Day, who will stand up for Azad Kashmiris?

By Anam Zakaria (The writer is the author of Footprints of Partition: Narratives of Four Generations of Pakistanis and Indians and an upcoming book on Azad Jammu and Kashmir) Posters of wailing mothers and battered children, of Indian officials attacking the ‘honour’ of Muslim women, of beatings and thrashing of ...

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Myanmar is just a game for China

by Tom Harper The writer is a Doctoral Researcher in Politics, University of Surrey As the Myanmar government’s violent policy towards its Rohingya Muslims drew increasing international condemnation in 2016, the country’s sometime icon of democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, declined to speak out for the persecuted minority. And in ...

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Beijing for China-Russia-Pakistan alliance in the region

By Samuel Baid                              China seems to be calculating how shrewdly it can exploit United States President Donald Trump’s New Year’s 4 AM tweet accusing Pakistan of paying his country in “lies and deceit” in return for US $ 33 billion, Pakistan has received from the US in the past ...

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The right moment

Cyril Almeida IF you think you’re crazy and imagining things, you’re not. A moment of stability quickly yields to instability and confusion and the threat of chaos. But there’s a pattern all right. Nawaz and Maryam go quiet, the system goes quiet. Nawaz and Maryam switch the megaphone back on, ...

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Rethinking the war on terror

I don’t have anything to offer in terms of advice on how to combat terrorism. Heck, I don’t even know who to call a terrorist. Is it someone who resists abusive foreign occupation or a person who avenges the rape, murder and excruciating torture at the hands of those supposed ...

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Sharif’s ‘oblivion’ to Balochistan crisis raises eyebrows

By Sardar Sikander ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif’s decision to stay away from the unfolding political crisis in Balochistan and avoid visiting the provincial capital on the eve of the no-confidence motion against Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri has raised many an eyebrow. This gives impetus to the rumours that ...

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US BLOW-HOT-BLOW-COLD POLICY TOWARDS PAKISTAN

By Samuel Baid US President Donald Trump’s blow-hot-blow-cold policy towards his country’s past most allied ally, Pakistan, reflects his administration’s acute dilemma about it.  The US longstanding demand is that Pakistan stop giving safe havens to the Haqqani network and other terrorists. After Trump became the US President this demand ...

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