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Opinion

At NAB’s Discretion

As the Supreme Court ordered National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) investigation into ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his children and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar comes to an end, questions hang over the future course of action that will be taken by the body. Chief among them is whether arrest warrant will be issued for the references filed against them. Normally, the …

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Chasing Altaf Again

Yet another investigation has been launched against the leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, in London. The British’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has sent the International Letter of Request to the Pakistani government, asking for assistance in Hussain’s case. This time the charges relate to the violence associated with speeches given by Mr Hussain on March 11, …

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On Its Own Terms

After the damaging concluding remarks of the emerging BRICS powers on Monday against Pakistan; the Foreign Office and the military seems to have finally gotten on same page regarding Pakistan’s position in relation to Afghanistan and the extremist threat. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Bajwa, while addressing a function at the Defence and Martyrs Day said that …

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Myanmar Stance Unchanged

The current global refugee crisis is one of the worse of its kind. Refugees from different conflict regions are seeking shelter in various countries. However, the overall global attitude towards refugees is not a welcoming one. For instance, Rohingya Muslims, the most persecuted ethnic group in the world, has caught little attention of the world and Aung San Suu Kyi. …

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Is Bhutto alive in Punjab?

As political parties in the Punjab prepare for one of the most decisive and intense elections of the year – the election to replace disqualified Nawaz Sharif’s NA seat – one major political party is noticeably absent from the mainstream. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in its time had a voter bank of 50,000-plus votes in most national constituencies in Lahore, …

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Troubled transition

By Dr Maleeha Lodhi President Hamid Karzai’s mercurial behaviour and exit antics have thrown Afghanistan’s looming transitions into confusion even as the presidential election campaign has got underway in his country. The Afghan leader has refused to sign the bilateral security agreement (BSA) that the US has long sought to allow a residual Nato presence after December 2014. Karzai has …

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If NATO gets globalized

By Imran Chouhdary (imransaqib5@gmail.com) Brusels. The opportunity to visit the NATO Defense College in Rome was a learning experience in many regards. It was interesting to see how the biggest peace keeping “military” force gets educated and how its goals, methodologies and activities are evolved. I already knew that NATO constitute upon 28 members whereas, other 22 countries are working …

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Politicians and journalists should stop issuing charged statements

By Muhammad Wasim Chaudhry Baroness Warsi is Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office & the UK’s first Minister for Faith. Perhaps it is her first and the last chance of becoming a minister as she has gone beyond limits criticising the so-called deplorable conditions regarding religious harmony and peace. She is getting sentimental and losing control …

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LORD AHMED: A SIGN OF BRILLIANCE

By Dr.Shahid Qureshi About a decade ago I called Lord Nazir Ahmed and requested for an interview. We agreed a time and there he was on time waiting for me in the Houses of Parliament. Since then we have developed this relationship of mutual respect. He is sharp, articulate, concise, and solution focused. After the brief interview he invited me …

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Gulf allies losing faith in the US

By Abdullah Al Shayji Last week was a week to remember in the testy relationship between the Gulf states and the US. I was in Washington and witnessed the drama unfold live; something is amiss nowadays, between the US and its allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). We see a non-committal, wavering, fatigued US. A dysfunctional and stalemated Washington, …

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