Iftikhar Ahmad

  • TLAHORE - Pir Hameedudin Sialvi, who is spearheading a campaign against the government after its move to tone down the law about finality of prophethood, on Saturday appeared to have changed his agenda when he called for enforcement of Shariah within seven days. In case the government fails to meet ...

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  • TBy the tick of the clock, just at sunset every day, they come out of their hideouts or safe havens, fearlessly waiting for electric lamps to be switched on. Once the lights are on they stay for the night, hunting and having a feast on mosquito, flies, “parvanai the lovers of `shamma the lit ...

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  • TResurfacing of terrorism and extremism in Pakistan is a challenge before the political leadership to rethink and reevaluate the situation to pinpoint responsibility and to see what could have seen done to ensure security and safety of citizens. The challenge is to identify the fault lines and ...

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  • TWe need to concentrate on what is right and just. Cyril Almeida’s report in Dawn may have been less about fault-lines in civil-military relations in Pakistan and more to highlight the fact that the media in Pakistan was free while it was completely shut down in India and Indian occupied ...

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  • TPerspectives on administration essentially refer to approaches that scholars have used to address themselves in scrutinising our administrative world; the conceptual lenses or spectacles available to answer some important questions such as: How does administration fit into the entire human ...

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  • TPakistan has to have aggressive foreign policy, compatible and dynamic domestic policies with strong focus on finance and economy and social sector, catering to the needs of the people. The rulers and the bureaucracy should go an extra mile to find out what do the people want and how their needs ...

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  • TCelebrated humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi is no more. His story is an impressive case study in courage and determination to serve the needy. We should ponder on his parting message, “take care of the poor of my country”. As Oscar Wilde put it, “Imagination is the best resource of ...

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  • TThe military needs full political support on any national plans to root out terrorism. Challenges that Pakistan faces could be effectively confronted for the achievement of goals only if there is the will to act politically. Lukewarm support does not facilitate meeting the ends of policy. All ...

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  • TCritics of the part that public administration must play, have given administrators something to think about. Outraged critics often protest that the democratic system is being undermined. These attackers appear to carry weight in proportion to the lack of fundamental agreement over the objectives ...

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  • TThe basic principle to follow was peace and reconciliation. But instead the ‘Monroe doctrine’ seems to have been followed along with the United States’ strategy of ‘fight and talk’ in the recent case of drone strike against the Taliban Chief. The Foreign Office (FO) ...

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  • TPremier Nawaz Sharif’s defence of himself and his family, in case of Panama leaks was a treat. His calm, confident and non-provocative way rendered the opposition perplexed. They did not know what to say. Walk out from the august house (the National Assembly) seemed pre-planned, even if it ...

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  • TThe dangers of corruption around the world and what that does to fuel extremism and to increase economic instability and negative impact on societies need to be taken very seriously. Pressing for the Prime Minister’s resignation, however, will not be justified without the judicial inquiry ...

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  • TWhat Pakistan needs is an objective evaluation of current socio-political and economic scenario. Street politics and protests are not likely to solve the complexity of problems that have constitutional, legal and leadership implications. The non-serious attitudes of younger political leaders ...

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  • TThe best approach to understand issues and seek solutions to problems, is scientific, analytical thinking and objectivity that helps focus on issues dispassionately- without involving personal prejudices and biases. In context of the Panama revelations and the impact it had world-wide, there is no ...

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  • TWe may catch or let go RAW agents, the difference between covert and overt behaviours of Indian leadership will continue to lead us to confusion, uncertainty and destabilization. Political and religious extremism and radicalism is now an international phenomenon having implications for the ...

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  • TTo be or not to be is the question. How is it possible to conclude the military offensive in North Waziristan without a final blow to terrorism and its continuing threats to civilians as well as to our valiant armed forces and other vital national institutions? If the Afghanistan-Taliban peace ...

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  • TThe Afghan Taliban’s refusal to hold direct peace talks with the Afghan government is a blow to the international efforts to revive the long – stalled negotiations aimed at ending the deadly 14 year insurgency. One of the preconditions for dialogue was the departure of foreign troops ...

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  • TImmaturity, lack of vision and leadership, along with the failure to learn from mistakes are the root causes of evasiveness and drifting away from real issues that Pakistan wants to confront. Self-seeking elements in all walks of life, have been unfair to the country and a source of injustice to ...

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  • TResearch shows that no systematic personality differences seem to demarcate terrorists as a category from non-terrorists. Nor has there been much support for the assertions that poverty or oppression are the root causes of terrorism. That does not mean that certain personality characteristics, for ...

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  • TPublic enterprises like PIA must not merely be bogged down by technicalities of efficiency, productivity and economy. Remember that they are an effective instrument of social policy, economic justice and achievement of the final goal for which Pakistan was established. Since you are exercising a ...

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  • TThe representatives of Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States-the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) members, adopted a roadmap stipulating the stages and steps of a peace process. It entailed for direct peace talks between the representatives of the Afghan government and Taliban ...

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  • TPeace and development go together. As things are, there is a global need to evolve a common culture and an understanding to find ways to survive with dignity, free of fear and full of enthusiasm for good of humanity. All nations need internal harmony to defeat terrorism. At the end of the day, all ...

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  • TThe Pakistan government has strongly condemned the deadly attack on the Indian Air force’s Pathankot Airbase and promised cooperation, especially to maintain the spirit of personal cordial relations between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian Premier Narendra Modi. National Security ...

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  • TIt is important to learn from mistakes. Equally important is to put the past in the past. With the new year we need to have a new perspective that enables to better understand ourselves and others for a more meaningful life, sharing and being empathetic with purity of heart and open mind, ...

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  • TFinding some room for romanticism and color was essential in politics. The adviser to the Prime Minister on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz has won on this front with, hard work and sincerity from his team. A note of appreciation is due to the Indian foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj for having joined ...

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  • TThe Chief Justice of Pakistan has said the corruption, mismanagement and the general careless attitude towards the laws of the land have brought the country on the verge of collapse. Following a two-year tussle between the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and the health ministry, the ...

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  • TDetermining status of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in the Federal Structure and the government was rather overdue. The task before the FATA Reforms Committee (FRC) is sensitive and difficult. But it has to be undertaken to ensure the development of the FATA in line with settled units ...

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  • TCredit goes to the leadership of Pakistan for showing courage, determination and resilience to face the menace of terrorism and evolving consensus and unity to fight terrorists. There was need for better and effective cooperation and coordination at global level to tackle the menace and put to end ...

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  • TPakistan’s history is a case study in survival, making progressively effective adjustment between needs and resources and preparing to meet the ever-emerging challenges and to avail of opportunities in an environment of dynamics of domestic circumstances and foreign policy essentials. It is ...

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  • TClear verdict against Indian Prime Minister’s “cow politics” in elections has provided a way forward for opposition to unite against Hindu nationalism. The BJP began its election campaign in Bihar on a platform of economic development. Anticipating defeat BJP claimed that a defeat ...

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