Malik Muhammad Ashraf

  • TBrazilian lyricist and writer Paulo Coelho de Souza said” Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest…it’s about who came and never left”. This adage truly fits the relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The exemplary friendship between them far ...

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  • TIn view of the massive and snow-balling current account and budgetary deficit that the PTI government inherited, attributable more to the political instability fomented by PTI itself than the much trumpeted flawed economic policies pursued by the PML (N) government, it was quite evident that the ...

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  • TAll modern day growth models invariably include a component of the strategy to check and reduce population growth. This subject has been debated for more than a century. One of the major causes of poverty in Pakistan is the alarming rate of increase in the population. At the time of partition, the ...

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  • TThe six-day long parleys between Taliban and US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad at Doha seem to have made some progress towards finding an amicable solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and an honourable exit from that country after 17 years of unsuccessful adventure launched in ...

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  • TUN Secretary General Antonio Gutress while responding to a question by a Pakistani journalist at a press conference in New York concerning dialogue between Pakistan and India said that he wanted meaningful parleys between the two countries and also expressed his willingness to facilitate any future ...

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  • TThe Economist London carried an article on 12th January titled “Praetorian Penury” that made certain fallacious and out of context claims about reasons behind Pakistan’s perennial woes and held Pakistan Army responsible for the permeating situation and challenges.  It is ...

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  • TThe hopes kindled by talks between US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban at UAE facilitated by Pakistan seem to have hit a snag with Taliban cancelling yet another round at Qatar over disagreement on the agenda for talks. The parleys were actually scheduled to be held in ...

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  • TAccording to a tweet by DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor Pakistan Army shot down a spy Indian drone in Bagh sector along the LOC on Tuesday. The tweet also reiterated “Not even a quadcopter will be allowed to cross the LOC” This is not for the first time that the Indians have sent ...

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  • TJIT report submitted in the Supreme Court in regards to the detection of fake bank accounts, money laundering , the modus operandi, the network used for the purpose and the identification of the persons involved in the systematic corruption using their political power and influence is simply ...

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  • TWhile the Indian security forces continue to commit mass murders of innocent Kashmiris and the state sponsored terrorism, the world conscience remains unstirred by this unfolding human tragedy. Indian atrocities in the occupied valley have left tens of thousands of people — mostly civilians ...

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  • TReportedly the US administration placed Pakistan on its blacklist due to the allegations for lack of religious freedom. US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo in a congressionally mandated annual report designated Pakistan among ‘countries of particular concern’. In his report last year he ...

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  • TThe visionary initiative of BRI and CPEC by China is probably the most discussed subject around the globe and in spite of its criticism by the USA and some other detractors there seems a consensus about the transformational role of both these mega-economic undertakings. An action plan jointly ...

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  • TFor the last seventy one years, the Sikh community has been yearning for opening of Kartarpur border to facilitate their access to Gurdawara Guru Baba Nanek Saheb at Kartarpur and their wish has finally been fulfilled by the initiative taken by the PTI government in Pakistan readily reciprocated by ...

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  • TFor having a true perspective on Islam and its value system the imperative of studying the life of the holy prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ---who was the benefactor of entire humanity and whose life was true embodiment of the Islamic injunctions--- can hardly be over-emphasised. The need for studying the ...

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  • TThough the Moscow Conference on Afghanistan which was a result of prolonged back-door diplomacy between Russia and Taliban has not produced any tangible results but the fact remains that it was a significant move towards creating conducive atmosphere for finding a durable peace in Afghanistan. ...

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  • TThe just concluded visit to China by Prime Minister Imran Khan is of immense significance as it has added new dimensions to the already existing strategic partnership and economic cooperation between the two countries, more so in the context of the present financial crisis faced by Pakistan besides ...

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  • TThe All Party Parliamentarian Group of the UK Parliament comprising more than 70 parliamentarians from the House of Commons and House of Lords in a report presented in the British parliament on Tuesday, regarding Indian brutalities and human rights violations in the Indian Held Kashmir (IHK), has ...

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  • TWhile the PTI government is feverishly engaged in bringing legislation for curbing corruption and taking steps for repatriation of the looted wealth stashed abroad, according to its declared agenda, it has not lost sight of improving governance to lift the standard of delivery to the masses and ...

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  • TSaudi Arabia like a true friend has once again come forth to winch Pakistan out of a difficult economic situation by promising a package of $6 billion comprising $ 3billion as balance of payment support for one year which will be deposited in Pakistan’s account and supply of $ 3 billion worth ...

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  • TNotwithstanding the fact that the BRI initiative of the Chinese government including its pivotal component CPEC have been acknowledged as unprecedented mega-economic undertaking at the global level, the USA and India are persistently trying to create misgivings and apprehensions about them, more so ...

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  • TTo say that Pakistan is facing an economic crisis would be an understatement in view of the permeating situation. In fact the country is fast drifting towards an economic precipice if the trend is not arrested through prudent and necessity-driven solutions. Chief economist of IMF Maurice Obstfeld ...

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  • TForeign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had productive meetings with US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton in which whole range of issues pertaining to bilateral relations, peace in Afghanistan and matters pertaining to regional security in the context of ...

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  • TThe World Bank in its latest report has observed that bitter rivalry between India and Pakistan was costing them $35 billion worth of annual trade. According to the report trade between the two largest economies of the region could jump up to $ 37 billion if they tore down artificial barriers. The ...

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  • TIrrespective of how the economy plummeted to the current level and who was responsible for it, the immediate concern and focus has to be on fixing the economic maladies and re-directing the country to the path of self-sustained development. It is however easier said than done, particularly in the ...

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  • TThe PTI government is according top priority to reforming the local bodies with a view to enabling them to resolve the problems of the people at the grass-root level. Reportedly Prime Minister Imran Khan presiding over a high level meeting held to review the local government system on Monday asked ...

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  • TThe interaction of the visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford with civil and military leaders of Pakistan is significant from the perspective of ending a stalemate in the relations between the two countries. It was a second ...

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  • TThe permanent Indus Water Commission comprising Water Commissioners of India and Pakistan is currently engaged in talks focusing on Indian hydropower projects at Lower Kalnai( 48 MW) abd Pakal Du (1500 MW) under construction in Jummu and Kashmir in the Chenab basin. Pakistan feels that the design ...

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  • TThe International Court of Justice (ICJ) has fixed the hearing of Kalbhushan case for February 19-25, 2019. The development follows the submission of the final counter memorial by Pakistan on 18 July, 2018. After the award of death sentence to Kalbhushan by Field General Court Martial on 10 April, ...

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  • TWhile the Pakistani nation celebrated its Independence Day with unprecedented enthusiasm, unswerving commitment to surmount the diabolical challenges confronting the country and pursuing the democratic path as envisioned by the founding father, the Kashmiri Youth undaunted by the oppression let ...

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  • TThe US congress passed the National Defence Authorisation Act for 2019 on last Thursday in which it reduced security assistance to Pakistan from $ 750 million to $ 150 million annually. Since the advent of Trump administration the US has been employing different tactics to put Pakistan under ...

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