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Fighting Covid19 – The Canadian Way

By   4 weeks ago

Cricket matches in Brampton are being broken up, roller-bladers are getting hauled up, social gatherings of more than five people are banned and residents in Toronto need to ensure they keep at least a two meter distance from non-family members while out in public. These are just some of the measures enacted by the Ontario […]

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Ships Are Safe In The Harbor, But That’s Not What Ships Are For

By   4 weeks ago

By Rafiq Jan We witnessed far too many planes aloft in the skies than the flocks of birds in the last two decades or so, prompting the manufacturers to burn the midnight oil in meeting the demands of producing planes for airlines, also because of the burgeoning global travel industry. But then struck the unseen […]

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Politics of SROs

By   2 months ago

Imtiaz GulChief Editor The most common tool for extracting benefits from the state in favour of particular person or group in Pakistan is the  Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO).  Back in 2014, for example, the SRO 115(1)/2014 of 19-2-2014 literally suspended the Finance Act 2013 the Parliament to allow existing taxpayers, keep on evading taxes by […]

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A Different World Post COVID-19?

By   2 months ago

Gen.(Rtd) Tariq Khan This is what is doing the rounds. It is an attempt to create a social divide in an already divided country. Everyone knows that the bulk of the virus infection was brought in through Taftan. These are those zealous people who were living parts of the Ziarat. They comprised the uneducated, the […]

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COVID-19 Paralyses New York

By   2 months ago

Jehangir Khattak – Matrix Magazine This is incredibly scary; the city had 185 confirmed cases on March 14 and exploded to 30,000 by the evening of March 28. The number for the New York state stood at at least 52,318, with at least 728 COVID-19 induced deaths. This means around 46 percent of the national […]

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Iran After Soleimani

By   2 months ago

To say that 2020 has been a maelstrom of epic proportions might be an under-statement. With Iran and the US going toe to toe at the beginning of the year, the ongoing battle between Turkey and the Syrian Regime in Idlib, the riots in Delhi and the rapidly growing COVID-19 pandemic causing panic around the […]

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Remembering Jinnah

By   2 months ago

The terrible violence against Muslims by rampaging Hindu mobs in Dehli with the full support of the State, fuelled by Modi’s Hindu India’s madness, should put at rest the rumblings of those who even today question the creation of Pakistan and in their view “the desertion” of the Muslims left behind in India. This mistaken belief postulates […]

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Afghanistan: Shun The Past For a Better Future

By   2 months ago

Imtiaz Gul After years, if not decades, an unequivocal message is resonating out of Islamabad; Pakistan desires a sovereign, democratic, united, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.  From the PM’s Office to the GHQ – all key stakeholders continue to convey to Afghan visitors as well as through the media this guiding principle of the country’s Afghan […]

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Rethinking Pakistan’s Relations with the GCC

Rethinking Pakistan’s Relations with the GCC

By   5 months ago

There it is. “Imran Khan bows out of Malaysia Summit”. Written in big, bold letters across most mainstream regional newspapers. One cannot help but think, what a world we live in where those who stand by us during our lowest points have to be shunned in place of those who couldn’t care less. Malaysia and […]

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Pakistan’s role in assisting the Bosnians during the Yugoslavian War of 1991

By   2 years ago

Oft-forgotten is the role Pakistan played in turning the tide of the Bosnian War vis a vis countering the Serbian Army and aiding Bosnian Muslims. The conflict was thrust into the spotlight when General Ratko Mladić (or the Butcher of Bosnia), the Chief of the Serbian Army, led an ethnic cleansing campaign of Bosnians. Having […]

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    India’s Goebbelian Concoctions and COVID19

    By   4 weeks ago

    By Imtiaz Gul Nationalism – your appreciation of the land you belong to – is indeed something cherishable. But when conflated with a particular ideology – either religious or political – it turns deadly and morphs into extremist nationalism. Remember what happened in Germany under Hitler and Italy under Mussolini. Is history repeating itself in […]

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    Press Freedom in Pakistan: Some Questions to CPJ

    By   2 months ago

    A veteran Pakistani journalist and author challenges CPJ’s statement in support of the owner of Pakistan’s largest media group, advising it to raise its voice for the Pakistani journalists who are being exploited by media owners and not paid for months.Posted on 03/31/20By Imtiaz Gul | Via ViewsWeek Let me clarify at the outset: No believer in […]

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    Pakistan’s Corona Options

    By   2 months ago

    There’s a battle raging in Pakistan over the Corona crisis, especially on the strategy.  Whether we should go for a soft mitigation strategy of self imposed social distancing or through a harsh state mandated suppression strategy of forced lock-down. While there’s limited data on eventual outcomes, so far we know that harsh suppression is far […]

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    Winds of Change in South Asia

    By   4 months ago

    Three weeks ago, Bangladesh shut off all mobile services along its 4,156 km long border with India. Such a drastic step for a nation that is for all intents and purposes a client state of India is quite reflective of a change in mood in the Awami League’s camp. The reason for this? Security reasons […]

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    The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring written by Paul Danaher, A Book Review

    By   2 years ago

    Paul Danaher has been the BBC’s bureau chief of several high profile regions such as the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia and currently, North America. He ran the entire news operation in the regions and even helped the BBC to win an Emmy for its 2013 coverage of the Syrian Crisis.[1] (Middle East Institute) […]

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      Countering Xenophobia Against Asians Due to Covid-19

      By   2 weeks ago

      “Let me be clear. There is no place in our country for discrimination driven by fear or misinformation. This is not something Canadians will ever stand for.” said Prime Minister Trudeau in February. The Covid-19 pandemic has upended the world in more ways than one. Some changes have been positive such as the decrease in […]

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      The Effect of the War in Afghanistan to Pakistan’s Economy

      By   2 years ago

      “Do more” is the call resounding today throughout the halls of the White House with regards to Pakistan’s alleged facilitation of the Afghan Taliban. This is by no means a novel American approach to dealing with Pakistan and its complex relationship with some of the groups that both nations had promoted during the 1979 Soviet […]

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