Trump on The Wrong Side of History

By General Mirza Aslam Beg Former COAS, Pakistan Army Email: friendscolumn@hotmail.com American Secretary of States’ hop-over visit’ to Pakistan, on his way to India, was a crude diplomatic gesture of brow-beating Pakistan. He handed over the demand note, as confirmed by a senior US diplomat – Alice Wells: “US wants to see practical steps from Pakistan, over the next few weeks, and not months, to use its in ...

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Pakistan -US – Afghanistan

Post Tillerson’s visit By Yasmeen Ali  Two different narratives seemingly appeared upon US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit. Narratives that are not new. Both US and Pakistan need to understand the thought process of each other, to then seek a common ground to achieve peace in Afghanistan. The conflict in Afghanistan is of the pre-trump era. According to Steve Bannon Donald Trump’s ex-White House Ch ...

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Repercussions of the US bid to isolate Iran

by Asif Haroon Raja Iran under Reza Shah Pahlavi enjoyed best of relations with USA as well as Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Their relations dipped to lowest ebb once Imam Khomeini came to power in March 1979 and the King had to take refuge in Cairo. Iran under Khomeini crashed the twin pillar policy of USA for the Middle East based on Iran and KSA. Islamic revolution in Iran which had a ripple effect in t ...

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Waste Management Privatization for a Zero Waste Pakistan

By SASHA “Cleanliness is half the faith”, is a well-known Hadith. Its dictates affect starts from the person through community leading to environment. Waste handling in our society is the most neglected subject left to a particular class. In Pakistan per capita Municipal Solid Waste produced is upto 0.613 kg increasing @ 2.4% per annum. Encouraging factor in this field are establishment of waste management ...

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South Asian Peace depends on   Resolving Kashmir issue

by Zaheerul Hassan According to CNN reports of 29 March 2017 more than 47000 people have been killed in Kashmir, a region in the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges. India, Pakistan and China all claim partial or complete ownership of Kashmir. But according to UNO resolutions of 1949 and 1951 the fate of Kashmir has to be decided through plebiscite under UN arrangements.  However, India always denied UN ...

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Refocus on Kashmir Black Day

By Sajjad Shaukat Although 27th of October is celebrated every year as the “Black Day” by the Pakistanis and the Kashmiris all over the world as a protest against Indian illegal occupation of Kashmir on October 27, 1947, yet this time, this very day has come at time when the people of Kashmir have accelerated their legitimate struggle in the aftermath of the martyrdom of the young Kashmir leader Burhan Wani ...

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US-North Korea Dangerous Rhetoric

By Asif Haroon Raja The US-North Korea antagonism has its roots in the 1952-3 Korean War which had divided the country. While North Korea is backed by Russia and China, South Korea is protected by the US and it has a large military presence in the country. In order to ward off impending danger posed by USA and its allies, North Korea despite being an impoverished country, developed nuclear bombs and missile ...

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Abrogation Of Article 35A Will Put A Question Mark On The Accession Of Jammu To India

By Ishaal Zehra Diwali, a Hindu ritual, has just wrapped up and so is the hearing of the case pertinent to Article 35A of Jammu and Kashmir’s state legislature. The plea was likely to be heard on August 29, but the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir Government sought for some more time to file their respective replies, as a result of which the hearing was postponed until after the Diwali holidays. The matter ...

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