Inayatullah

  • TEven the Taliban capture of Kunduz (since taken back by Afghan forces with Nato’s air and combat support) an Afghanistan province located far away from Pakistan, in the North is being linked to Pakistan. Kunduz attack tells us how powerful the Afghan Taliban are in spite of stories of ...

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  • TCome to think of it, all provinces have overtime, become problem areas in Pakistan. Much has been said about the breakdown of law and order and for the rise of separatism and subversion in Balochistan. Every now and then new initiatives are announced to manage the crisis there. Little, however, ...

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  • TThis year’s International Literacy Day celebrated all over the world, on Sept 8th 2015, carried the Theme: Literacy and Sustainable Societies. This is how Director General UNESCO Ms. Irina Bokova dilating on the theme viewedliteracy: “as a human right, as a force for dignity, and as a ...

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  • TCan the incumbent federal government adequately cope with the daunting political, diplomatic, economic, social and administrative challenges?How much can a government do in the face   of unrelenting pressures emanating from internal and external urgent demands?If everything was more or less ...

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  • TNawaz Sharif’s earnest desire to forge friendship with India has hit the rocks. And Modi’s initiative at UFA has, more or less, petered out.At UFA, Nawaz was out-witted by Modi where a joint statement pinned the agreed meeting of the two Security Advisors to a talk exclusively on ...

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  • TThe long awaited meeting of the two National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan is now scheduled for August 23 and 24 in New Delhi. The subject of the meeting, if one goes by the UFA joint statement, is terrorism with particular reference to the Mumbai mayhem.Mr. Sartaj Aziz wants the agenda ...

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  • TPakistan can ill-afford strained relations with its neighbours lying on the east and the west. There were high expectations that with President Ghani’s advent relations between the two countries would improve especially after his promising visit to Pakistan and reciprocal visits by our prime ...

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  • TMore thorns than roses.The government remains under pressure from all sides, the public, the civil security, the opposition, the military, the religious elements, the media and the judiciary. These are internal pressures. Add to these, externals. A hostile neighbor on the east with borders off and ...

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  • TImran Khan is unhappy. He feels frustrated. 126 days of Dharna has not yielded the results he was hoping to secure. His allegations have remained unsubstantiated. He can take credit for the formation of the Judicial Commission to find out if there was a planned or systematic rigging in the 2013 ...

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  • TThe Judicial Commission has given its verdict. The Report spread over 237 pages, has found that there was no planed rigging, and the elections were transparent. In other words PTI’s allegations were rejected. The Judicial Commission also observed that PTI’s concern for a probe into the ...

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  • TAfter a year of hostile statements by Modi and some of his hawkish ministers, in India and Bangladesh as well as LOC and border shellings, the Indian Prime Minister agreed to invite his counterpart in Pakistan, to a meeting in the Russian town of UFA where the two had gone to attend the SCO ...

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  • TAt the Oslo World Education Summit attended by the UN Secretary General and amongst others by Malala, Gordon Brown, Executive Director of UNICEF and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. Malala, Nobel Peace Laureate, urged the world leaders to cut “eight days of military spending”. ...

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  • TI wonder how many Pakistanis are aware of what happened to Indian Muslims residing in a village by the name of Atali, situated 50 miles from Delhi in Faridabad district Haryana, on the evening of May 25, 2015. The village has 1200 households and a population of about 7000 – Muslims numbering ...

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  • TDevastatingly serious charges have been made in the BBC report against the MQM. These include receiving funds by MQM from India and training of hundreds of MQM militants in explosives, weapons and sabotage for the last many years. Further, according to Mr. Bennet Jones, a BBC correspondent, ...

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  • TZardari’s broadside on Tuesday against the army was not an emotional outburst. It was a calculated move to ward off the rolling reach of the current operation in Karachi against lawlessness, violence, extortion, corruption and the vested interests of those involved directly or indirectly in ...

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  • TModi’s belligerence needs to be understood. Firstly, he does not like Pakistan. His whole background based on rank Hindu nationalism, laced with the idea of Akhand Bharat, makes him view Pakistan an unwholesome entity. It didn’t take him long to diffuse Nawaz Sharif’s earnest ...

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  • TTwenty five years after the first world conference on Education For All, held at Jomtien in 1990 and fifteen years after the meeting of the World Education Forum in Dakar Senegal in the year 2000, the World Forum met again on May 19-21 at Incheon, in South Korea. Pakistan which was a signatory to ...

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  • TThe federal government and the provincial administrations in Pakistan today are beset with a heavy burden of daunting tasks and formidable problems. These tasks and problems demand high competence and expeditious action.Take terrorism, which for the last many years has taken a huge toll of ...

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  • TThe Karachi Corps Commander’s speech on the state of affairs in the metropolitan city and other places laid bare the rank incompetence of the civil administration. It also declared that the military would be going the whole hog to crush the militant groups and miscreants.Although ...

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  • TPakistan presently has much to its credit in managing foreign affairs. There also have been some setbacks.A tremendous boost has come with the Chinese president’s visit. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and other projects will bring in investment in this benighted country amounting to 46 ...

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  • TAll governments are expected to provide security and services to its citizens. Elected governments, more so.Citizens pay taxes to provide funds for the administration to undertake tasks and do its duty. ‘No taxation without representation’ is a well-known axiom.Every country has a ...

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  • TIn a letter personally delivered by the Chinese ambassador in Pakistan Mr. Sun Diewong to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Xi Jinping while thanking Pakistan for the hospitality extended to him during his visit, reaffirmed his commitment to the all-weather, strategic relationship between the ...

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  • TConceding that quite a bit of the Chinese President’s address to our Parliament was ritualistic rhetoric, the message, nevertheless, of a sincere and deep-rooted friendship and a resolve to help Pakistan break out of its current straits and predicaments was clear. It was in sharp contrast to ...

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  • T164 governments including Pakistan agreed in the year 2000 at Dakar, Senegal, to make a solemn commitment to achieve six Education For All goals by 2015. These goals are:Goal 1: Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and ...

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  • TAccording to a newspaper report, published on last Wednesday, 253 tube-wells in Lahore out of a total of 392 had been found contaminated with arsenic. The Managing Director WASA has confirmed this finding.According to the report, the permissible limit of arsenic in drinking water as per World ...

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  • TIn my column today, I want to write about the seldom-talked-about matter of the wastage of resources.First, a commodity essential for life itself: Water.70% of earth’s surface is water, 97% of it is salt water, 3 % fresh water and only 1% is fit for human consumption.Pakistan today is a ...

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  • TSix crore Pakistanis today are utterly illiterate. They cannot read a calendar, railway time-table or an airport display of arrivals and departures. Nor can they make out much of traffic signs and warnings, leave aside the ability to write a letter, fill a form or read newspaper headlines. Cana ...

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  • TImran Khan’s dharnas and his well-attended rallies all over the country last year demanded good governance and a change for the better.The government of Pakistan had to respond. In making policy decisions, it saw to it that people’s genuine demands were met, to some extent. After the ...

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  • TNawaz Sharif’s approach towards politics has generally been positive. He took steps early on to establish that parties other than PML-N and its allies would run provincial governments in Balochistan and KPK. With Dr Malik holding the helm in Quetta and Imran Khan’s PTI ruling KPK, the ...

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  • TEducation in Pakistan has remained a low priority all these 68 years. This, despite the fact that the very first conference held in Pakistan was on education where Quaid-e-Azam declared that, “education is a matter of life and death for Pakistan.”While there was has been a substantial ...

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