Wednesday , 19 September 2018

Opinion

Saudi Arabia and the West: The issue of Human Rights

In August 2018, Saudi Arabia and Canada had a falling out over a tweet sent by Canada’s foreign minister regarding release of Saudi human right activist. This incident resulted in a freeze in Saudi-Canadian trade ties, expulsion of Canadian ambassador to Saudi, and repatriation of Saudi students in Canadian institutions.  The spat also put in doldrums the $15 billion arms …

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PTI post elections

The initial outcome of the elections produced a less than decisive outcome for PTI- despite emerging as the most favored party- it still fell short on the minimum benchmark to form its governments in Center. Key party members- especially Jehangir Tareen- were depicted in social media memes for concentrated efforts in trying to tilt independent candidates and smaller parties in …

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An opposition that works

Congratulations to Asad Qaiser on his election as Speaker of the national assembly. The speaker election voting pattern suggests that there were no major defections within opposition ranks which are a good omen for their unity. Asad Qaiser first act, as speaker, after completing all other formalities should be to constitute a parliamentary committee to investigate allegations of rigging and …

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PTI’s Five Years Focus (Party Manifesto)

As we enter the election cycle major political parties have announced their manifestos. They have some good ideas that can take the nation forward. The question is whether the political parties have the capability to deliver on their manifesto? Past performance suggests that parties over commit and lack an ability to deliver. Inside PTI we have many capable people and …

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The Comedy of Errors

It is that time again, when we are being called upon to decide on the destiny of Pakistan for the next five years. The political, economic and social turmoil over the past five years has led to disillusionment and disappointment on many counts, as over-zealous promises failed to materialize. Today, we stand at a juncture where the economy is threatened, …

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De-weeding the political garden before the election party

Before commenting on the ongoing nomination papers scrutiny process I would like to make a comment on how it is done in other countries. I have lived in the USA (I am not an American citizen) and volunteered in election campaigns of Pakistani-American candidates to learn about their process. In America, scrutiny at multiple levels is done over the candidate. …

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Spanish Authorities Confirm Trump Jr. Meeting with Putin Ally

In May, 2017 it was announced that Robert Mueller would be leading a Special Investigation in order to determine whether the Russian government had influenced the 2016 US elections in any way or form, and to verify whether the Trump campaign had actively been involved in this endeavor. Additionally, due to the various constraints and obstacles put up by the …

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