Javed Hafiz

  • TIslamabad was established as a custom made capital in the 1960s. Famous Greek town planner Doxiadis was commissioned. Keeping in view the traffic congestion of Athens, he designed a resident friendly and environment savvy metropolis. Wide boulevards and green belts were a treat to some of the ...

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  • TThe Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has been called by some analysts a “relic of the cold war” days. It was theoretically conceived at Bandung in 1955 and formally launched at Belgrade in 1961. Sukarno, Nehru, Nasser, Nakruma and Tito were its founding fathers. It emerged as a group of ...

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  • TDemocracy can take various forms and shades. In terms of form, it can be presidential or parliamentary. I remember when Musharraf toppled the Nawaz Sharif-led democratic dispensation in1999, he called it sham democracy. The Economist magazine issues yearly democracy index, which classifies ...

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  • TEgypt claims to be the oldest sovereign state in the world, going back to 3100 BC. Now that is debatable, as Egypt has also been ruled by foreign powers, including, more recently, by the French and British. The Egyptians also claim that their land is the birthplace of monotheism. That claim is also ...

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  • TBurma (now Myanmar) has a history of persecuting its minorities, Muslims in particular. The Muslims constitute 4 percent of its 60 million population. When I was posted at Yangon in the 1990s, local Muslims claimed that their ratio of population was much higher. The last official census was held in ...

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  • T The new French President, François Hollande, is a socialist and a practicing one. He has recently travelled to Brussels by train. He and his Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault are encouraging the ministers also to use railways, whenever possible. When they fly, they are encouraged to ...

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  • TThe Pak-US relations have gone through cycles of warm engagement to cold estrangement. Interestingly, these relations were usually warm during military dictatorships in Pakistan, even though the US leaders always paid lip service to democratic norms. This highlights two cold realities of ...

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  • TThe Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has ordered placing Pakistan Telecommunication Authority head Mohammad Yasin on the exit control. PAC Chairman explained this as a measure to stop him from fleeing to Australia, where he is  a national as well. If Yasin is not allowed to travel for a ...

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  • TEgypt lies at the heart of the Arab world and is widely acknowledged as trendsetter in that region. With the highest population amongst Arab League nations, a large professional army and civilisation dating back thousands of years, Egypt wields considerable political clout in the Arab world. It ...

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  • TThe term Arab Spring, coined by the Western media to define various uprisings that have jolted the Arab world, is no longer popular. Mayhem and destruction seen by Syria, Libya and Yemen have taken the initial romance out of Arab uprisings. Those who thought similar revolt could happen in Pakistan ...

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  • TPakistan has a laidback policy for the Middle East, a region of vital importance to us. This region has three holiest mosques in Makkah, Madinah and Jerusalem, apart from numerous other places of reverence in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and Egypt. According to an official US definition, Middle ...

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