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PAKISTAN ON THE GREY LIST

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • July, 2018
  • Editorial

Now Pakistan has officially been placed on a terrorism financing watchdog’s grey list despite the efforts made by diplomatic circles.  It is said that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) took this decision during a plenary meeting in Paris. That blamed that the country had not met the required limits to curb the terror financing on its soil. For some, this act is a conspiracy agains...


FATA MERGER: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • June, 2018
  • Editorial

The 31st May, 2018 will be remembered in the history of Pakistan as a day when historic merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took place during a simple ceremony held at the Aiwan-e- Sadr with the signature of  President Mamnoon Hussain on  the 31st Constitutional Amendment. In this way, a long overdue process was completed and the people of tr...


BUDGET 2018-19: PUSHED TO THE LIMIT

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • May, 2018
  • Editorial

Of all the most salient features of budget for the year 2018-2019 one important feature is that it was presented sixth time in a five years tenure of the present government. Amid hue and cry, Mr. Miftah Ismael, newly appointed Federal Minister, as expected, presented a deficit budget on 27th April 2018. A budget should reflect the values and priorities of our nation and its people. But it reflected ...


PAKISTAN: THE HAPPIEST NATION IN THE REGION

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Apr, 2018
  • Editorial

Surprisingly, Pakistanis have been considered as the happiest nation in the region which includes China, India, Iran, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal. It has been revealed in a United Nations’ report titled, “Science of measuring and understanding subjective well-being” released in 2018. It is interesting to survey that Pakistanis as well as Pakistan, at present, are under pressure from ...


PARADIGM SHIFT: “THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US”

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Mar, 2018
  • Editorial

Contrary to the reports of Indian media, Pakistan had a narrow escape from being incorporated into terror financing list of The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body which monitors the progress of its members in implementing necessary measures, reviews money laundering and terrorist financing techniques and counter-measures and so on. Prior to the announcement, Indian media ...


A GOOD MOVE IN BAD TIMES

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Feb, 2018
  • Editorial

At a time when Line of Control between Pakistan and India in Kashmir region is in spotlight due to exchange of fire, the United Nations’ Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres’s statement is judicious and well-timed.  As a matter of fact, it is Pakistan that asked the United Nations Secretary General to contact India directly on the Pak-India talk proposal as New Delhi had never responded ...


IS A NEW WORLD ORDER IN THE MAKING?

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Jan, 2018
  • Editorial

For a pessimist, there are strong reasons to be worried as far as latest developments in our world are concerned. For an optimist, on the other hand, the reasons to rejoice are even more. The year 2018 opened with US defeat in United Nations General Assembly on the issue of shifting its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in Israel despite the fact that USA has not yet surrendered its status of sole Supe...


WRIT OF THE STATE: COMPROMISED

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Dec, 2017
  • Editorial

Tolerance breeds tolerance while intolerance breeds violence. So is the case of Faizabad Sit-in (Dharna) in Islamabad where intolerance of government towards the dharnawalas led to the unprecedented violence. Frankly speaking, the government had two options to proceed: use of force or the negotiations. The wisdom required choosing the best option but the government opted for the worst. Happened what...


HORROR VACUI (NATURE ABHORS A VACUUM)

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Nov, 2017
  • Editorial

Aristotle is believed to have said, ‘horror vacui’ which stands for nature abhors a vacuum and so the international politics is. A political vacuum appears to be created in South Asia due to the USA’s tilt towards India, that’s laying deep impact on the regional politics. South Asia is the most thin-skinned region where nuclear states border with one another. A glance on world map suffices to reveal tha...


THEWORLD’S MEA CULPA

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Oct, 2017
  • Editorial

Hats off to Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May who liked to turn the tide being gathered against Pakistan in the shape of alleged support of militant groups in or around Pakistan. The Prime Minister reminded the world leaders at the 72nd UN General Assembly on 22nd September 2017 that no country had suffered more at the hands of terrorists than Pakistan. By any explanation of events unfolded last mont...


PAK-US RELATIONS IN TROUBLED WATERS

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Sep, 2017
  • Editorial

PAK-US RELATIONS IN TROUBLED WATERS

After Trumps speech, the Pak- US relations have hit the lowest ebb. Be it American aid or blame game, Pakistan is at the receiving end. The USA has once again blamed Pakistan to be hotbed of terror sanctuaries instead of acknowledging its supporting role in war against terror and sacrifices made by the nation and its armed forces. More than seven t...


LEGACY OF MIAN NAWAZ SHARIF

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Aug, 2017
  • Editorial

The Prime Minister’s chair vacated By Mian Nawaz Sharif has been filled by Pakistan Muslim League (N)'s nominee Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who became the 28th Prime Minister of Pakistan after getting 221 votes in National Assembly on Ist August, 2017. But the question arises whether the political vacuum created by the outgoing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif can be plugged by Mr. Abbasi? Certainly not; that’s...


ACCESSION TO SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANISATION (SCO)

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • July, 2017
  • Editorial

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...


BUDGET 2017-18 ESCAPE TO NOWHERE

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • June, 2017
  • Editorial

The budget for the financial year 2017-18 has been tabled in the National Assembly by Finance Minister Mr. Ishaq Dar on 26th May, 2017. Election game has already begun and the next financial year will see real politics. The federal and provincial governments will try to provide maximum financial resource to their prospective candidates to strengthen their presence in their respective constituencies. Hi...


BEHIND EVERY GREAT FORTUNE

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • May, 2017
  • Editorial

Pakistan Supreme Court on Panama case has been reigned supreme both in the print as well as electronic media till now. Some hail it as an august decision. The honorable judges discussed the matter in detail and let the decision extend to 540 pages. In the succeeding hours after release, the decision flashed upon the rank-and-file that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) would be formed and the PM will s...


CENSUS AND CONSENSUS

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Apr, 2017
  • Editorial

In retrospect, a census has been delayed due to more than one reason. The allegation against the previous government is that it stayed away from a census as it would open a Pandora box of complaints and grievances. The Present Government received flak from different quarters for the fresh delimitation of electoral constituencies before the 2018 General Polls through a census. It is evident that the pol...


TRAVEL DIARIES IN THE GLOBAL AGE ISTANBUL

  • JEHANZEB S. CHEEMA
  • Apr, 2017
  • Editorial

<.b>For everyone interested in history, Istanbul is a destination which is not to be missed. Istanbul's historical charm was impossible to miss as we drove on wonderfully constructed stone roads, passing under ancient Roman aqueducts, and witnessing mosques and churches like nowhere else in the world

We landed at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul around sunset and my fami...


What is Next ?

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Mar, 2017
  • Editorial

Prior to issuance of the judgment, the August Supreme Court of Pakistan granted the opportunities to the defence and prosecution to complete their arguments till 23-02-2017 and reserved its verdict on the Panamagate case. The judges found it appropriate to issue a detailed judgment instead of a short order. As the arguments wound up by both the parties, Justice AsifSaeedKhosa remarked, "It seems 'justic...


TRUMP AND THE DAY AFTER FEARS AND HOPES

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Feb, 2017
  • Editorial

On January 20, Donald J. Trump assumed office as the 45th President of the United States. In his inauguration speech, Trump pledged to pursue an "America First" policy that was a populist anti-Washington rallying cry. "From this moment on, it's going to be America First", thundered the new Republican President before hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the ceremony. "Every decision on trade, o...


Editorial

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Jan, 2017
  • Editorial

Welcome to 2017!

“The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes". This was a tweet by the United States President elect Donald J. Trump on December 22. The short statement has compelled analysts' world over to draw various conclusions on the likely United States nuclear posture under Trump...


Professional Legacy

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Dec, 2016
  • Editorial

A midst intensifying war mongering by India and continuing violations along the LoC, Pakistan's new Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) assumed command this November 29. As the 16th COAS, he will now spearhead what is considered to be a world's first class battle hardened army. Earlier while walking into sunset, General Raheel Sharif left behind a professional legacy which may be difficult to surpass by suc...


Politics of protest: A balanced view

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Nov, 2016
  • Editorial

The chequered political history of Pakistan has rarely been without exciting times. Since PTI’s chief Imran Khan (IK) announced his intention to stage “sit in” against the Executive head of the country, whom he desires to come clean on Panama papers leak a bitter harangue- for and against-has gripped the country. It has also led to exchange of toxic and often, street level rant between the PTI and PML (...


Kashmir Pricking the World’s Conscience?

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Oct, 2016
  • Editorial

By now over 200 million in Pakistan are quite accustomed to its neighbour in the east whipping up war hysteria even if a pigeon crossed over from this side of border. The latest fit of New Delhi’s sabre-rattling comes in the wake of September 18 militants attack on an Indian military base in Uri, in the disputed Kashmir state. There are a few fundamental issues here that need to be understood first and ...


Finding Scapegoats?

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Sep, 2016
  • Editorial

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...


Reflections At 70

  • KIPS CSS Admin
  • Aug, 2016
  • Editorial

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 ...