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Finding Scapegoats?

It is often said that with rank or position goes responsibility and with both goes accountability. This cliché seems to be alien to the ruling elite in Pakistan. The recent upsurge in child abduction cases, mostly reported in Punjab is reflection of the country’s frightful law and order situation. It is in no small measure a testimony to the plummeting levels of governance as well. But what has been par...


Letters To The Editor

COMMANDER LEADING FROM THE FRONT

Dr. Shahid Wazir Khan has painted a true picture of taxation system in Pakistan in his wonderful article titled ‘TAXATION IN PAKISTAN’ like that of a commander leading from the front. Contrary to the popular belief, the article reveals that “it is highly irrational to fix the blame only at FBR. In fact the lack of political will to collect taxes and t...


Militarization of Space

The military utilization of space is now expanding globally, with various European countries, China, India and others, also devoting energy to acquire military satellites and dual-use satellites

Significance of space has been increasing immensely for commercial, scientific, technical, navigational, surveillance and economic activities. The satellites were originally launched by the Uni...


There's No Place Like Home

We need to know that the iron rods, cement, bricks, furniture and fixture do not make a home. They make a building. It is said, "Home is where you hang your heart." In the same way, "Houses are built of bricks and stone, but the homes are built of love alone"

In a society where food streets start sprawling and book shops start shrinking, the readers become valued and respectable. For s...


21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Economic Belt (One Belt One Road)

In the contemporary era of complex and intricate interplay of a host of the factors, there are two important trends that underpin current geostrategic milieu. Firstly, the globalization of the world economies have intensified resulting in greater inter dependencies and shared objectives for development (save Brexit). Secondly, multiple power centres have emerged along with the shift in global economic a...


Governance Conundrum in Pakistan

People evaluate state performance by the way government offices function. Governance service delivery becomes a function of the working of state organizations although many factors encroach on it behind the scene

Government is a formal body invested with the authority to make decisions in a given political system. The word government is used to refer to the collective group of people t...


Turkey's Failed Coup Gift from God?

Was it bad time management on part of the rebels or simply a stroke of luck for the President?

Turkish President Erdogan has always been a survivor, but this time his life and government were saved by a hair’s breadth. On the night between 15th and 16th July, a botched coup attempt led to the death of 270 persons, including two President’s confidantes and 41 loyalist troops. An equal ...


No Honour In Honour Killing

The worst makeover in the society has been the dangerously rising trend of violence against women. Over the past two decades "honour killings" have increased at a phenomenal rate

We are six siblings. Two eldest sisters followed by two brothers, I’m the fifth in line with one more brother younger to me. Coming from a humble military background and growing up in Lahore in mid 60s was a r...


Interview with Mr. Akram Zaki

GAMagazine: WHAT ARE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF PAKISTAN ON THE FRONT OF FOREIGN POLICY?

AKRAM ZAKI: Since its inception, there have been internal and external efforts to divide Pakistan into parts. All such attempts have been foiled with the exception of one. Keeping in view the efforts to disintegrate Pakistan, the survival of the country in itself is an achievement.

GAMa...


The Clash of Civilizations And The Remaking Of World Order

IS CHINA A THREAT?

Huntington portrays China as an imminent threat to the West. Huntington describes a scenario where China would threaten the world peace in 2010. His concerns about China, however, seem overstated and premature. While in the long run China may emerge as a pre-eminent power, in the medium term it is unlikely that China could reach a level of development that would en...


Bad Governance And Consequential Security Issues

Once again terrorists capitalised on the country’s inherent bad governance by targeting lawyers in Quetta’s Sandeman Provincial Hospital on 8th August 2016, killing 70 and wounding 130. The deadly attack was claimed by both the Islamic State-Khorasan and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a splinter group of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The relentless terrorist strikes with such impunity manifestly exh...


Higher Education in Pakistan

Pakistan's revolution in the field of higher education began with the start of the new millennium, when Higher Education Commission (HEC) replaced a sleepy and dormant Universities Grants Commission

In this age of knowledge economy, it is not just literacy but higher education that is needed to fuel the engine of socio-economic development. Literacy is now more generally equated with s...


Flying Home

Patriotism demands that we fly by PIA, because no one else does. The airline must be doing fantastic business since all its flights are always fully booked regardless of a date or destination

I have lived overseas, off and on, for about thirty years of my adult life. Despite the obvious advantages of civic order and opportunities that the western hemisphere holds, nostalgic memories of...


Interview with Shehla Qureshi SP-City Division, Karachi CSS-2010

JOINING KIPS KARACHI HAS CONTRIBUTED GREATLY TO MY SUCCESS. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE WHO IS GENUINELY INTERESTED IN APPEARING IN THE CSS/PMS EXAMINATION

GAMagazine: OUR READERS WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND, KINDLY THROW SOME LIGHT ON IT.

SHEHLA QURESHI: I hail from “Mini-Pakistan” called Karachi. I did matriculation from Government Gi...


An Interview with Mehdi Maloof 12TH POSITION CSS 2015

GAMagazine: READERS OF GAMagazine WOULD LIKE TO KNOWABOUT YOUR ACADEMIC BACKGROUND.

MEHDI MALOOF: I did my bachelors in business administration from IBA, Karachi.

GAMagazine: WHAT REALLY INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A PART OF PAKISTAN ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE (PAS)?

MM: I wanted to be in a role where I can make as much impact as my capacity allows. PAS wo...


The Important Events Taking Place in July & August, 2016 Timeline: 16th July — 15th August

16th July

Turkish forces loyal to President Tayyip Erdogan crushed an attempted military coup after crowds answered his call to take to the streets in support of the government and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks.

Social media celebrity, Qandeel Baloch, was strangled to death in her house in Karimabad area, by her younger brother in the name of honour.