Durdana Najam

  • TThe Punjab Healthcare Commission’s drive against quackery has dealt a sharp blow to the fake drug rehabilitation centers. It is one thing to dispense a treatment laced with spurious healing method, and another to turn the treatment centers into a criminal’s den. Most of the drug ...

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  • TAround midday we reached Pasrur, the city of Bajwas in the suburbs of Sialkot. Notwithstanding the greenery and the fresh fruit vendors in scores, the sprawling heaps of garbage, the empty plots filled with swamps and the overflowing gutters, welcomed us everywhere. A pump collected water from the ...

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  • TSince August 5, 2019, the day when Narandar Modi’s government terminated the autonomous status of the Indian Held Kashmir, Pakistanis have been throwing harangue against the indifference of the Gulf Countries conspicuous for not issuing a stern condemnation to India on taking this unilateral ...

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  • TOn his return from China, where Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs had gone to rally support against India’s unilateral decision to scrap Kashmir’s autonomous status, he held a press conference at Azad Jammu and Kashmir to lay bare the international perception on ...

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  • TIs Kashmir liberated from its decades-long tribulations? Was the sore that easy to heal? Was Article 370 the only thorn on the side of the Indian government against the Kashmiris? Does the issue of Kashmir between India and Pakistan stand resolved? Will tomorrow, when all the curfews are lifted, ...

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  • TIt is usual of the US to become friendly with Pakistan in times of need. Whether trust has actually been restored between both the countries, in the aftermath of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the US, can only become evident once the US leaves Afghanistan. Imran Khan has come back from ...

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  • TThe theme for World Hepatitis Day this year is to “Invest in eliminating hepatitis”. This is crucial for Pakistan, where the health sector has been suffering from inadequate funding from the government. The host country for World Hepatitis Day 2019 is Pakistan. The global events will be ...

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  • TTwo reports on Kashmir were issued this year. One, a 560 pages report was published in May 2019, by the joint efforts of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons and the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society titled: “Torture: Indian State’s Instrument of Control in ...

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  • TG-20 membership does not make you kosher. But what should we make of India which draws oxygen from such alliances to metaphorically replenish its ever-starved sense of justice towards minorities? It is not only the Indian Occupied Kashmir where Muslims are treated like trash. It is all over India. ...

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  • TNotwithstanding the inability of the US to bring reforms in Afghanistan, it was the disunity among the Afghans and their aspirations to advance personal rather than national interests that flopped the country on every count. Inter-Afghan dialogue, for the future coordination, is among the four ...

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  • TPakistan’s population is rising at the rate of 2.4 per cent per annum and if this trend continues, the population will cross 240 million in the next 30 years. According to the population census conducted in 2017, Pakistan’s population stands at well over 207.8 million, which is almost ...

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  • TColonialism established a method of governance where elites by virtue of their family background and association with the power-brokers reigned and manoeuvred laws to perpetuate their rule. Ironically, even after the end of the colonial era, ruling elites who had been at the forefront to end ...

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  • TThe proportion of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan is dismally poor, barely a percentage of the country’s entrepreneurial community. Unless more women embrace business ventures, their economic participation and emancipation would remain meagre and a challenge for national development. One of ...

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  • TMasood Azahar’s listing as a global terrorist by the United Nation’s Security Council (UNSC) without opposition from China – at a time when India and Pakistan had been involved in a direct military engagement – is a window of opportunity for both the arch-rivals to remodel ...

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  • TSince the beginning of the election season in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been in a frantic mood, blaming everyone, other than himself and his party, for terrorism, which, in his imagination, has made India vulnerable to attacks. He has couched the current BJP’s election theme in ...

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  • TThe Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) is an independent regulatory body. Founded in 2011 for the implementation of the PHC Act 2010, the Commission is geared towards bringing quality in the Punjab health sector through clinical governance aimed at standardizing healthcare services at all ...

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  • TIn a recent development, the United States, Britain and France have joined ranks to prevail upon the United Nations Security Council to blacklist Maulana Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM). This comes in response to China’s persistent technical hold on keeping Masood Azhar from ...

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  • TEvery year April 7 is celebrated as a World Health Day to remind the world leaders about their responsibilities towards the provision of affordable and accessible healthcare services. It is a day to put into perspective the importance of collaborative and coordinated efforts to make for a healthy ...

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  • TThis year March 23 took on a special meaning. Deviating from the usual script of warning the enemies of dire consequences, just as weapons and missiles moved past the parade road, the message this year was about harmony and coexistence. At once power was snatched from the spoilers of peace when ...

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  • TPunjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) has rolled out the Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS) for the Clinics of Family Physicians / General Practitioners (GPs) with a view to passing on the baton of quality to yet another tier of medical professionals, usually considered the point of the first ...

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  • TLegislation has been introduced in the US Senate to end the 18-years-long war in Afghanistan. Called “American Forces Going Home After Nobel Service Act,” the bill has come at a time when the US is engaged in direct talks with the Taliban to work out an exit plan. The bill reads: ...

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  • TThe hyper nationalist Indian media is further dividing and polarising the Indian society on communal lines. From the calls to eliminate Pakistan from the face of the earth to branding traitors those Indians who have been asking their government for evidence of killing 300 terrorists in Balakot, the ...

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  • TIncidents like Pulwama only provides fresh impetus to hostility between India and Pakistan. The unanticipated occasion, however, has been Pakistan’s restrained response to India’s diplomatic offensive to position Pakistan a country of little substance and more violence. Since the Mumbai ...

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  • TThe Pulwama attack has brought out new fissures in the India-Pakistan relations. Just as the news about the gruesome killing of 44 paramilitary forces was unfolding in the hills of Kashmir, the Indian media in grip of ultranationalist sentiments, and throwing every ethics of reporting to the wind, ...

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  • TEvery year on February 5, Pakistan celebrates “Kashmir Solidarity Day” to commemorate the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination. While eulogising the freedom fighters, who had lost their lives and limbs to the cause, February 5 serves to highlight the ...

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  • TIf the road to Delhi goes through Utter Pradesh (UP), then launching Priyanka Gandhi as Congress General Secretary in-charge of East Utter Pradesh is probably the right decision to defeat the BJP in UP. The state became an enigma for the Congress, starting from 1977 when it could not win even one ...

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  • TPakistan’s foreign policy is looked at from two dimensions. One, that it is made in the General Headquarter Rawalpindi (GHQ) and two, each policy is built around the “perceived threat” from India. For the people in the “liberal camp”, both these dimensions have proved ...

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  • TThe Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) has been established through the promulgation of the Punjab Healthcare Commission Act 2010 as a premier regulatory body to improve the quality of healthcare services in Punjab, including alternate and traditional methods of treatments such as Homeopathy and ...

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  • TTo put things in the right perspective, Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP and writer, has introduced a private member’s Bill in the Lok Sabha seeking to protect freedom of literature. Its objective is that “authors must be guaranteed the freedom to express their work without fear of punitive ...

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  • TIn his usual style, Donald Trump, mocking Modi’s desire to build libraries in Afghanistan, asked the regional stakeholders to play a more active role in resolving the Afghan crisis. He said that countries close to Afghanistan, and not the one 6,000 kilometres away (the US), should be helping ...

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