Tag Archives: Pakistan

Pakistan, India soon to become SCO members

India and Pakistan will become full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at the SCO Astana summit in June 2017. The groundwork for the inclusion of India and Pakistan was laid back in 2014 at the Dushanbe summit where the procedure to take in new members was finalized. The organization presently has Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan …

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Election Season: what to expect?

As election season fast approaches it is only natural that we look towards our leaders, their politics, and the vision they hold for the country. While the country has greatly changed since 2013, the issues plaguing it have hardly made a headway. Issues of security, healthcare, education, political transparency, accountability, economic and social development, and democratic stability have since gained …

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DEMOCRACY WITHIN POLITICAL PARTIES

While Democratic theory places great importance upon the conduct, participation, and regularity in elections, but what is often overlooked is that the electoral game takes place in two arenas, not only between political parties but also within them. The four most important aspects of democracy that seek to strengthen as well as uphold it are not only essential for any …

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OECD, Bringing back looted money – Dr Alvi pessimistic

In an effort to show that it was serious in bringing back the country’s stolen money stashed in foreign banks, the government signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters with the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) last week. However, the opposition parties feel that even though it seems to be a good move, it …

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President Obama appoints a Muslim as a Federal Judge

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated Abid Qureshi, the first Muslim-American, to serve as judge on the federal judiciary, Huffington Post reported. This is the first such judicial nomination in the country’s history. “I am pleased to nominate Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court bench,” Obama said in a statement. “I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity …

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Road Sense

A country that is unable to invoke road sense among its population can at best be described as a sorry State. Try and drive on any street or road in any major or minor city of Pakistan and anyone with an iota of sanity would understand what I mean. It is mayhem out there, with every type of road inhabitant …

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Major discrimination against Muslims in India, new study

Striking variations found in treatment of people of Muslim faith. Researchers who used assumed identities and tried to rent homes in and around the Indian capital say they found evidence of discrimination against Muslims by landlords. Economists Saugato Datta and Vikram Pathania responded to online real-estate ads using names associated with different religions and castes. They found landlords were significantly …

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Controversial political trials and executions continue in Bangladesh

Bangladesh hanged an Islamist party leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami, on Wednesday for genocide and other crimes committed during a 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, drawing an angry reaction and some scattered violence from supporters. Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was executed at Dhaka Central jail just after midnight after the Supreme Court rejected his final plea against a …

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Pakistan, India talks – Kashmir remains core issue

Pakistan, India talks – Kashmir remains core issue

Kashmir remains a core issue that requires a “just solution under United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and wishes of the people of the valley”, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry told his Indian counterpart here on Tuesday. Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said during the meeting between the Indo-Pak foreign secretaries on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia conference …

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Pakistan, China sign $2 Billion deals

Companies from China’s violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang signed deals worth about $2 billion with Pakistan this week during a visit to Pakistan by Xinjiang’s top official, who sought to cement ties with an important security partner. Pakistan last year agreed energy and infrastructure projects worth $46 billion with China to set up a so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, in …

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