Mazhar Qayyum Khan

  • Mohammad Pervaiz Malik We will change the destiny of Pakistan, we will ensure roti, kapra and makan for all, we will end poverty, Pakistans economic prosperity to be ensured upon our assumption of government, we will never compromise on national sovereignty, and we shall utilise all our energy to ...

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  • It needs a lot of courage to take up the responsibility for selling the United States to Muslims at this point of time when President Bush's eight-year-long hate-inducing legacy shows but a little promise of being modified by his successor. President Barack Obama's campaign utterances followed by ...

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  • Nearly three weeks after the presidential election in Iran the dust raised by the losing candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, alleging massive fraud has not still settled, and the streets of Tehran and some other towns of the country continue to witness protests by his supporters and the police action ...

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  • President Obama's interview with a Pakistani private TV channel at the White House last Saturday hardly gave any insight into his administration's perception of the various problems the region is beset with, beyond what had already been known to the world. Nevertheless, there is need to examine the ...

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  • The outside world had been keenly awaiting the result of last Friday's presidential election in Iran to assess the prospects of the winning candidate striking an understanding with President Barack Obama who has brought fresh hope for change in policy in dealing with the country that the US and the ...

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  • Obama's was a singularly remarkable speech. It is hard to find a leader in his position, president of a superpower, who has spoken about the burning issues of the day in such a disarmingly candid and manifestly rational way in recent times. In thoughts, tone and words he sounded genuinely concerned ...

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  • North Korea might have detonated a mere four-kiloton nuclear device, one-fifth of the power of the atomic bomb that decimated Hiroshima and termed by some analysts as a puny explosion, but it has triggered tremors of fear around the world that will continue to reverberate for quite a while. Dear ...

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  • The military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which waged a war for a separate homeland for Tamils for well over a quarter of a century, is evidence of the fact that if the state - the government and the people - were determined to put down an insurgency it would ultimately ...

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  • Three decades after the United States had raised a force of guerrilla fighters to drive out the Soviets from Afghanistan and, a decade later, abruptly left the arena on succeeding in that mission, it has condescended to own up part of the responsibility for sowing the seeds of present-day ...

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  • The "do more" admonition, commandment or challenge, which Pakistan has to put up with since soon after 9/11, has taken on a strikingly jarring ring. It has been endlessly repeated by the US media and officials. The latest salvo comes from General David McKiernan, US commander of 70,000 foreign ...

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  • For the Obama administration to insist that as a committed ally in the fight against terrorism, Pakistan must put in its best to root out the spreading scourge would be quite justified. The quantum of aid is relevant, but to what extent is an open question. After all, the frightening phenomenon it ...

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  • From the time when President Bush branded Iran as one of "the axis of evil" to this years' Nowruz when his successor Barack Obama acknowledged its "great and celebrated culture" in a bid to overcome "old divisions" and pursue "constructive ties", the US has passed through an experience that shook ...

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  • With the high stakes that the US has in the stability of Pakistan, it is quite understandable that the American intelligentsia should be urging Washington to make sufficient funds available to it without any loss of time to check its slide into an economic meltdown. One does not need to stress that ...

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  • From Pakistan's perspective, the most coveted remedy for the scourge of terrorism would be the peaceful means. That would save life and property randomly lost in wanton attacks by the militants and their encounters with the security forces. The people's daily routine, social interaction, economic ...

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  • The peace agreement between the government and the Tehrik-i-Nifaz-i-Shariat-i-Muhammadi has brought an enthusiastic response from the people of Swat. There were jubilations and peace marches in different parts of the valley. Indeed, the whole country has heaved a sigh of relief. The rising death ...

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  • No doubt, in a system like the US it is idle to expect that things would change overnight with the change of administration. Besides, the US is a superpower with long-term strategic goals and policies designed to promote them are devised with both Congress and administration on board. Unless there ...

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  • An Indian political analyst of the country's foreign policy observed some time ago that it had assumed an "arrogant" style particularly in dealing with smaller nations. If anyone had doubts about the perceptive nature of the remark, he must have become wiser since the unfortunate incidents of ...

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  • The thesis that it is too early to pass a judgement on the performance of a leader, who is just about to step down on the completion of his tenure, is sound enough as a rule of general application because it is only time that will tell whether the policies he had adopted would have a beneficial ...

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  • The current Israeli invasion of Gaza has been in gestation for the past two years, since, to the surprise of Western countries and most political analysts, Hamas had swept to power in Palestine with an overwhelming majority. At the time, the Jewish state had openly declared that it would not ...

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  • Two seminal events, both occurring in 2007, have been responsible for shaping the scheme of things that was to take place in 2008. One, the lawyers' movement for the restoration of the deposed judiciary takes the credit for creating awareness among the public that time had come to stop President ...

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  • The present-day hatred and antipathy between the Western countries, populated largely by Christians, and the Muslim world have known historical roots that go back beyond the Crusades and even the Inquisition when believers of different faiths became the victims of Christian bigotry. The suffering ...

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  • This is perhaps the first time ever that the entire world is so impatiently awaiting the new American leader to assume the reins of power and see how serious he is about putting his ideas into effect. That is because the US moves on certain crucial issues at stake, which equally concern the rest of ...

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  • Assuming that the opinion polls consistently revealing Senator Barack Obama's lead in the presidential race are not overturned by the "known unknowns" - the factors that could give a surprise majority vote to a candidate otherwise rated as underdog - an attempt to outline the policy his ...

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  • The United States' utter disregard of the sensitivities of Pakistan about the sanctity of its sovereignty, which were clearly reflected in the 14-point resolution unanimously passed by the joint session of the two houses of parliament on 22nd October, should no longer surprise political observers. ...

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  • When the country is being buffeted by stormy winds from all sides - failing economy, uncertain political scenario, terrorists on the rampage, endemic internal insecurity and, on top of that, loss of public confidence in the ruling leadership's ability to steer Pakistan out of the maelstrom - it ...

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  • The search for peace and stability in the troubled region comprising Pakistan, Afghanistan and the surrounding areas where life would be secure and the future predictable to a reasonable measure has been taxing the most penetrating minds in the world for quite some time without their having a clue ...

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  • The agonising suffering of the people of Kashmir, who have, for the past 60 years, been struggling to gain freedom from India, is a sad and tragic commentary on the state of international conscience. The studied neglect of their plight particularly by powerful states whose clout has global reach ...

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  • The US-led war on terror has come a long way since its rationale of 9/11 and has, along the way, gathered several new strands that either did not belong to it initially or were at least dormant. There is little doubt left that Washington's purpose is not confined to the defeat of terrorist ...

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  • The public antipathy of American policies of ruthless aggression and crude pressure against Muslims, in evidence since 9/11, has tended to grow with time in Pakistan and elsewhere in the Islamic world as there has been no let-up in their intensity. Although this attitude was reflected even in the ...

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  • Notwithstanding the uproar Pakistan's both houses of parliament and civil society created at the ground assault on its territory by the US special forces last Wednesday, the suggestive remarks of senior Bush administration officials on the incident leave little room for doubt that the operation was ...

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