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ACCESSION TO SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANISATION (SCO)

Pakistan and India have joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as full members during the Summit 2017 held at Astana, Kazakhstan on 9 June, 2017. It is customary to pin hopes on the entry of Pakistan in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. In retrospect, we have been extolling and terming our memberships into the world organizations as great success but all our tall claims have been en...


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PAKISTAN’S BUDGET 2017

Pakistan’s Budget does not represent the common man’s plight across the board. There are no two opinions in this regard. Without addressing major issues of the people, the budget becomes a document mentioning figures. The same is the case with Pakistan’s bud...


Qatar and the Shakespearean Drama: Unraveling the Islamic Military Alliance

Frictions between Qatar and its Saudi-led Arab neighbors were simmering for two decades over the former's fiercelyindependent media empire a.k.a Al Jazeera network

The siege of Qatar—a tiny Arab emirate in the Gulf— started unfolding early on the dawn of June 5, 2017, when apparently out of the blue, five Arab countries, notably Saudi Arabia and Egypt, announced a number of measure...


GULLIVER AMONG THE LILLIPUTIANS

The historian of the future would be forced to scribble down there was an era in which people did not have bread and butter to eat and clean water to drink but they enjoyed local travel by luxurious metro buses as well as orange trains

I t is the most probable that we as a nation shall be remembered in history books due to our true but practical jokes conceived by our leaders knowing...


Iran-Saudi Dispute

A cool thinking is needed to plan and act against the rising tide of terrorism, which is recoiling back....

The dispute between the two strands of Islam has existed for the last fourteen hundred years, yet they have learnt to live peacefully with traditional grace and there is no fear that the present dispute “will grow something like the murderous religious wars of Catholics and...


Pakistan and Riyadh Summit

The Riyadh Summit, which otherwise could have been a rallying point for Islamic heads of state, has however added to the complexity of choices for Pakistan

The Arab-Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on May 21 against terrorism and extremism, which some regard as anti-Iran show, was a success for many but it has posed stark foreign policy predicaments for Pakistan. As the developments...


QATAR BETWEEN TWO EXTREMES

Qatar's solidarity with Saudi Arabia is on a lower scale while Iran and Qatar seem to be on good terms with one another again — This is irritating Riyadh, which has become increasingly more intolerant of Iranian meddling in the region, especially in Yemen

Qatar’s solidarity with Saudi Arabia is on a lower scale while Iran and Qatar seem to be on good terms with one another again. Thi...


Free from Commotion; A Day at the Hiran Minar

Water seems to be an integral and increasingly important element of the artist's oeuvre. The composition of the painting in question testifies to this, with water taking up more than half of the canvas, subtly reminding the viewer of the rice paddy fields one sees when zooming through the Punjabi heartlands. The artist has, for the first time, chosen the Hinar Minar as the subject of his painting, p...


Look East Policy and Strategic Diplomacy: Pak-Russia Reapproachment

Despite the ongoing interest-collisions in Afghanistan, both Islamabad and Moscow have used Pakistan's strategic 'look East policy' as a means to improve bilateral relations

Permanent friends and enemies are not found in international politics because the state interests, which do not allow space for personal relations, mark friendships and animosity. It is true of the Pak-Russia...


Pakistan and Riyadh Summit

The Riyadh Summit, which otherwise could have been a rallying point for Islamic heads of state, has however added to the complexity of choices for Pakistan

The Arab-Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on May 21 against terrorism and extremism, which some regard as anti-Iran show, was a success for many but it has posed stark foreign policy predicaments for Pakistan. As the developments...


Fifty Shades of Arrogance

"The true measure of a man,"says Samuel Johnson, "is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." A truly magnanimous man will treat his fellow human beings with appropriate dignity be they beggars or billionaires

All religious texts, without exception, have condemned hubris, pride and arrogance; while eulogizing humbleness. Islam goes much farther than any other fai...


INTERVIEW WITH SARDAR NAWAB GHOUS BAKHSH BAROZAI FORMER CHIEF MINISTER OF BALOCHISTAN

Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Barozai is the Chieftain of his tribe Barozai who got politics as a legacy. His father Sardar Nawab Muhammad Khan Barozai was a veteran political leader from Baluchistan and was elected Speaker Baluchistan Provincial Assembly and Chief Minister of the Province twice. He suffered hardships during General Zia era due to his affiliation with Pakistan People's Party. He rose to promin...


Afghanistan: behind the curtain

Women are condemned as troublesome, evil, ghosts and even half humans in Afghan society. Thousands of Afghan women are experiencing domestic violence, in which their bodies are mutilated; organs are removed; particularly ears, noses and hands are cut off

The year 2016 was a terrible year for Afghan women, girls and young children who were brutally raped, killed, kidnapped and tortured ...


The United Nations Geared for Change?

For I dipp'd into the future, far as human eye could see, Saw the vision of the world, and all the wonders that would be; Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails Pilots of the purple twilight, dropping down with costly bales; Heard the heavens filled with shouting, and there rain'd a ghastly dew, From the nations' airy navies grappling in the central blue, Till the war drums thro...


Projects: Experiences, Results and Opportunities

In urban areas, a hospital functions only when the industrial-technological preconditions are met; i.e. personnel, training, patient care, air-conditioning, etc., must be adjusted. A problem in other cultures, for example, is the patient care by relatives, which often leads to difficulties in the recovery process and brings new health risks with it

Three different project are described...


DECISION MAKING IN ENERGY CRISIS MANAGEMENT

Energy crisis in our country is the not the fault of one Government but it is the continuous negligence of the successive governments of not taking timely decisions

Crisis does not appear abruptly but it take time starting from malfunctioning of factors and components of any process or system and it appears in the form of symptoms which we ignore and then the it becomes crisis an...


Are we a nation or a crowd

To bring awareness to students of different subjects and areas of education FAIDA has organised a series of sessions in different universities with mind changing topics. On these platforms intellectuals' from different unites of life come and brainstorm their views

Pakistan is a country with a lot of potential youth which if guided properly can bring a positive change in the regi...


The Liberal-Conservative Crack

In the already deeply divided world of Pakistani Muslims, a different kind of rift is showing signs of friction. This division though is not conventional, that is, among sects, sub-sects, and sub-sub-sects. This time, it is the widening crack between liberal and conservative Muslims which may become a pitfall for our society

True, this divide is nothing new. But, here's the thing. Ne...


The Fear of Falling Faulty Fluid Flow...

Fortunately, fluids differ in color, texture, and smell (This depends on manufacturers). Once you know what to look for, finding the source of your leak is much easier

When you see the telltale signs of any leak, don't ignore it. Except for oil and windshield wiper solution, the fluids in your car shouldn't get used up or go anywhere. If you notice that any are low, there's a good po...


Cooperation and Competition in the Pacific Ocean

The chapter has been taken from the book titled CURRENT AFFAIRS for CSS, PMS and other competitive exams by Dr. Shahid Wazir Khan, Former Civil Servant (PAAS), Director KIPS CSS.

INTRODUCTION

The arenas of dispute here are South China Sea and East China Sea. South China Sea (SCS) is the largest marginal sea in the West Pacific region. It covers an area of 3.5 millio...


Interview with MALEEHA IESAR CSS 2016 1ST POSITION HOLDER PAKISTAN ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

HOW MUCH TIME DID YOU DAILY GIVE TO YOUR STUDIES? I joined KIPSCSS on June, 2015 and started my own preparation from August. I used to give 8 to 9 hours daily to my studies but ALSO it varies for every student.

HOW OFTEN DID YOU PRACTISE YOUR PRECIS AND ESSAY?

I used to practise precis almost every one day and essay on weekly basis. Since, papers of English precis a...


Essay Writing Specimen Thesis Statements

CAUSES OF ISLAMIC MILITANCY

The principle causes of rise in Islamic extremism and militancy are the political suppression of Muslims around the world, socio-economic injustice in Muslim societies, politicization and misinterpretation of religion,and role of the West. It is widening the sectarian rift, destroying the fabric of Muslim societies and fuelling islamophobia in the West. Deal...


FACTS REMAIN FACTS

ECONOMY

World Bank will provide $ 433 million to support Pakistan for the support of financial sector and social protection.

Pakistan's FDI amounted to $1.28 billion during first eight months of2016-17 i.e. 6% higher than the same period in the previous year. Netherlands tops the list of foreign investors with net FDI of $467.8m. Fifty seven per cent of the FDI from ...


GENERAL KNOWLEDGEIN PICTURES

THE ENDLESS WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan has remained an imbalanced state from the era of Cold War. Moreover, it has strained relationship with Pakistan as it does not recognize British-demarcated Durand Line as an international border with its neighbor Pakistan. Although, Pakistan is a home to millions of Afghan refugees since 2001 when the then-US President Bush declared war on ter...


THE IMPORTANT EVENTS TAKING PLACE in may 2017 to jun 2017

May 17

Two Pakistani staffers at the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul were detained for hours under unclear circumstances by the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the premier intelligence agency of Afghanistan.

The government announced it was going to miss the economic growth target for 2016-17 because of an underperformance by the industrial and services sectors. <...


GENERAL SCIENCE AND ABILITY - Human Liver

HUMAN LIVER

Assorted by: Hafsa Rafaqat, MSc. Statistics (University of Punjab, College of Statistical & Actuarial Sciences)

FUNCTIONS OF THE LIVER

Liver acts as a body purifier. It provides body with energy, strength to fight off infections and toxins, helps in clotting the blood and regulating hormones. It also provides essential proteins, ...


AVOIDING ARMAGEDDON - America, India and Pakistan to the Brink and Back

Anticipating references in the recent scholarly literature, as well as critical comments on triangular relationship between India, Pakistan and the US brought about high expectations of “Avoiding Armageddon”, all of which are amply satisfied with a few suggested corrections.

In this book, Bruce Riedel, a long time CIA official and present day director of the Brookings Institution Inte...


MCQs

ISLAMIYAT

1. THE SURAH IN QURAN THAT STARTS WITHOUT BISMILLA IS:

a) Al-Taubah

b) Al-Ikhlas

c) Al-Baqara

d) Al-Nisa

2. WHAT IS MEANT BY SAHIHAIN?

a) Bukhari

b) IbneMajah

c) Mishkat

d) Bukhari and Muslim

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AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOTES OF A CELEBRATED LEG SPINNER/ALL ROUNDER AND FORMER CAPTAIN OF PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM ABDUL QADIR

An idea flashed on my mind. Despite my typical reticence, I made a request to him for my entry into team. I assured him that I would not let him down if I was given a chance. Such were my words due to which God granted a player called Abdul Qadir

I was lost in such thoughts when I found Abdur Raqeeb, Captain, Habib Bank team, coming towards me. I used to call him Sir. He had intended...