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Reflections At 70

Sixty nine years after independence, Pakistan is a nuclear state, the only Muslim country to have the potential. It’s powerful and professionally battle hardened military is fully capable of defending land, air and sea frontiers. Pakistan appears in several global and regional organisations including International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and as recently as ...


Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor While discussing the budget, we need to look at the limitations of our veteran Finance MinisterPakistan is enmeshed in debt over head and ears. Every yearthe country has to pay a heavy amount in foreign currency to the donors. Regrettably the amount of loans, in-spite of debt servicing, is rapidly increasing instead of reducing. In fact, the major reason for increasing the debt burden every ...


Taxation In Pakistan

It is highly irrational to fix the blame only at FBR. In fact, the lack of political will to collect taxes and the absence of taxation culture in Pakistan is equally responsible for low tax to GDP ratio

The traditional concept of sovereignty is being replaced by responsible sovereign whereby the rulers must have the authority and the will to collect the taxes from the people. These, ta...


The Vicious Cycle

Commercialism, in its worst form, has taken over our lives and values. Pre-paid laughter, post-paid love, easy-loaded smiles, hallow talks, shallow jokes, discomfited appearances, unfamiliar dances and show-off on every step invite me to think about the people living below the poverty line

22 years ago, I found some topics quite 'orphan'. Most of the columnists did not like to touch th...


Border Management: Monitoring the Pak-Afghan Border

Good relations with neighbors result in efficient border management whereas enmity and rivalries leads to the insecurity and inefficient border management

With the increase in globalization and drastic development in trade activities in post-cold war era, international borders which were once a symbol of sovereignty have started becoming porous. The flow of goods, services and people a...


Brexit, Camerexit and Frangexit

From the perspective of the United Kingdom itself, the outcome has for the first time in past five centuries—since the War of Roses—posed serious existential threat to its territorial integrity as a single entity

Human world is unpredictable, and within it, politics is a strange phenomenon indeed. If one needed a proof, the British referendum on leaving the European Union has more than...


Chilcot Report: An Assessment

International newspapers such as “The Independent” and “The Guardian” are already of the view that Blair should be tried under war crimes for his role in the destruction of Iraq

July 2016 has truly been an eventful month. Whether it was acts of terrorism committed in various cities around the world, the failed coup attempt in Turkey or the deterioration of the crisis in Indian-Occupied...


Nuclear Suppliers Group

As far as China and Pakistan are concerned, both states have expressed dissatisfaction to India becoming a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)

The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) meeting in Seoul last month ended with no decision on India's application to join the group as a full member. China took a public stand against a nonsignatory country to the Nuclear Non- Proliferation T...


Pakistan From Dream To Hope

Pakistan- a model ideologically driven experiment for the Muslims of Colonial India- emerged on 14th August 1947. It was a country deriving its bonding mechanism from a faith based ideology which was unique at the time of Independence. The Muslims of India had shown their political awareness in supporting this idea despite heavy odds. There was love for even Pakistan before there was a land of Pakistan ...


Interview With Justice (retd) Nasira Javed Iqbal

GAMagazine: PAKISTAN HAS COME ALONGWAY SINCE ITS INCEPTION; HOWEVER, WOMEN ARE NOT FREE TO PLAY THEIR ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PAKISTAN, WHAT ARE THE REASONS?

Justice Nasira Iqbal: There was no such thing like the role of women to play 68-years ago since the Muslims were already marginalized part of the society during the colonial rule. The society was under the influence of the Hind...


Kashmir: A Heaven on Fire

The provocation began immediately after his demise, rapidly spreading widely in the region. The districts around the Srinagar became volatile and clashes took place between the protesters and the paramilitary forces

8th July was a tragic day for the Kashmiris in Indian held Kashmir. The Indian forces killed Burhan Wani, the chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir’s largest fr...


An Uneasy Alliance

By all indications, the next US Administration might not be as indulgent or as understanding as the current one is. Sooner rather than later, the onus to convince an increasingly skeptical American leadership about its sincerity and commitment to peace would fall on Pakistan rather than the other way round

Since Pakistan’s emergence on the world map, Pak-US ties have been characterised...


Pride of Balochistan Shaheed Abdul Mansoor Khan

Ausual hot day of mid-June; and the usual rut of routine office work. In fact, there was nothing unusual until I received a panic call from my wife, Sara, about a big terrorist attack in Quetta, Balochistan. She had just watched live scenes from the aftermath of a terrorist attack on Bahadur Khan Women University. In those days, even news of terrorist attacks was no unusual either. But this one that had...


Diplomacy and Regional Politics

Pakistan took a prudent foreign policy decision by flatly refusing to join the Saudi-led coalition against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in war-torn Yemen in April 2015

Diplomacy is an adroit art employed to manage relations with other countries for the attainment of core national interests. In this dexterous art, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has nimbly played his diplomatic card...


Because The Doctor Said So

I am going to take up walking because "angels whisper to you when you walk." I want to write since I am retired and have nothing productive to do and need angels help there badly for inspiration and interesting ideas

Visit to a doctor’s clinic is never a fun experience. We prefer to try out various herbal concoctions prescribed by our all-knowing friends until a minor ailment, like nag...


Interview with Mehreen Baloch

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MEHREEN BALOCH: I got my early school education from District Public School and Inter College Khushab, and did matriculation from Siddeeq Public School Rawalpindi. Later I got admission in Islamabad Model College for Girls F-7/...


The Important Events Taking Place In June & July, 2016 Timeline: 16th June - 15th July

June 16

The US Senate did not endorse an amendment attached to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have recognized India as a “strategic defense partner”.

Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen requested to the UN to name the sources of information that led to its blacklisting.

June 17

United Nations members obse...


Abdul Sattar Edhi A Man Larger Than Life

Kindness is as fire, shared from between spirits. Kindness is as water, finding a way, seen through, to extinguish dismay. Kindness is as wind, that guides the largest sail, invincible to day and night, larger than the largest whale. Who Abdul Sattar Edhi was? A living legend? A great humanitarian? Most beloved man of Pakistan?

These words don’t suffice who he was. Edhi was an institut...


Health and Fitness Tips

CURB YOUR SWEET TOOTH Got a late-night sugar craving that you just won’t quit? To satisfy your sweet tooth without pushing yourself over the calorie edge, even in the late night hours, think fruit first, so resist that chocolate cake siren, and instead enjoy a sliced apple with a tablespoon of nut butter (like peanut or almond) or fresh fig halves spread with ricotta. Then sleep sweet, knowing you’re st...