Mohsin Raza Malik

  • TEssentially considering it a “jurisdiction with strategic AML/CFT deficiencies”, the Paris-based money laundering and terror financing watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), formally placed Pakistan on its ‘grey list’ in June last year. Ever since, Pakistan has ...

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  • TPakistan and India got closer to a full-blown armed conflict last week as both countries remained committed to surprise each other militarily. First, India claimed to have conducted a “surgical strike” on a “terror facility” inside Pakistan. However, not really impressed by ...

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  • TThe military tensions between two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours have escalated since the attack in Pulwama. Instantly accusing Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed a “crushing response”. He had given the armed forces a free hand to punish the masterminds of this suicide ...

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  • TAt least 40 personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) of India were killed on Thursday in what has been dubbed the deadliest attack on Indian security forces in the occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir. In this terrible incident, a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus ...

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  • TThe term “Hindutva” is alternatively used to signify a variety of the concepts such as “Hindu Nationalism”, “Hindu Supremacism” and “Brahmanism” in today’s India. Though “Hindutva” remained prominent in the wake of religious ...

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  • TThere was a curfew-like situation in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir during Indian PM Modi’s visit to the state on Sunday. Ahead of his visit, top Hurriyat leaders like Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani, and Yasin Malik were put under house arrest. In fact, this ugly episode just ...

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  • T Sending shock waves across the country, the tragic and traumatic Sahiwal incident has made countless Pakistanis feel shaken, dejected and heartbroken. It was really a tragedy that three children just saw their both parents and a sibling being brutally shot dead by the police. The ...

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  • TThough the government has agreed ‘in principle’ to extend the tenure of military courts for another 2 years, there is hardly any political consensus among major parliamentary parties in the country over this issue. These military courts would cease functioning in March this year if ...

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  • TThe ruling coalition of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed has won landslide victory in the recently-held parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. This Awami League-led Grand Alliance bagged 288 out of the 298 parliamentary seats up for grabs. Surprisingly, Jatiya Oikya Front, the main opposition ...

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  • TThe leaders and activists of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) are mostly seen acting as a Pashtun rights advocacy group which is currently “struggling” for protecting the rights of ethnic Pashtun people in Pakistan. Though PTM was founded in 1914, it only gained prominence following the ...

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  • TPakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman, during his last week’s press briefing, made it just clear that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had no military dimensions. “The CPEC is a bilateral economic project, which is not against any country”, he further clarified. He ...

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  • TToday is the142nd birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. As usual, the nation is celebrating his birth anniversary with “traditional zeal, enthusiasm and national spirit”. Definitely, today, our national leaders, ministers and politicos will be ...

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  • TIndia has just added another dark chapter to its long history of tyranny and oppression in the occupied Himalayan state of Kashmir. In a naked display of military power, the brutal Indian security forces shot seven unarmed Kashmiri civilians dead who were protesting over the martyrdom of three ...

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  • TPrime Minister Imran Khan approved in principle a legal plan last month to accord Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) the status of a ‘provisional’ province in accordance with the recommendations made by a high-powered reforms committee. However, Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar has recently ...

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  • TBelieving corruption to be the only difference between the developed and developing countries, Prime Minister Imran Khan renewed his resolve to fight this menace while addressing a special ceremony held in Islamabad last week to review the first 100 days performance of the PTI government. ...

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  • TIn Pakistan, the term ‘accountability’ has mostly been used in the specific context of countering corruption. Though countering corruption is an important aspect of it, accountability is a multifaceted, broader and rather a complex phenomenon. Accountability, in its most general sense, ...

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  • TThe phenomenon of accountability instantly took centre stage in the country’s politics as soon as the Panama Papers scandal surfaced in April 2016. The opposition political parties, especially PTI, readily held “the corrupt elite” responsible for the collective failure of Pakistan ...

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  • TIn the hope of “opening a new page in the history of Afghanistan”, Russia hosted a landmark peace conference on Afghanistan in Moscow last week. “Aimed at jointly searching for ways to promote an inclusive inter-Afghan dialogue to advance the process of national reconciliation in ...

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  • TThe judicial reforms have been amongst the most widely discussed as well as most frequently promised reforms in Pakistan for decades. Unluckily, at the same time, they have also been the least implemented ones. There has hardly been any serious endeavour to introduce any significant reforms to ...

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  • TNiccolo Machiavelli, the sixteenth century Italian political philosopher, was an apostle of power politics. He is best known for his unqualified advocacy for an all-powerful ruler whose actions are unrestricted by moral considerations. Nevertheless, he advised “the prince”, his typical ...

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  • TThe 18th Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan has resulted in devolving a number of legislative subjects, including the procedural civil law, to the country’s provinces. At the beginning of this year, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government introduced various amendments to the Code of Civil ...

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  • TAddressing a seminar organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association in Lahore last week, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar lamented over the miserable state of the dispensation of justice in the country. He identified the delay in the dispensation of justice a chronic malady of the ...

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  • TThe Supreme Court of India is currently hearing a number of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitions seeking the scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution. These two important constitutional provisions relate to the unique, extraordinary and special status of the state ...

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  • TThe allegations of state-sponsored terrorism levelled by the two South Asian nuclear neighbours against each other took centre stage as the foreign ministers of both countries addressed the 73rd Session of UN General Assembly in New York last week. So, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma ...

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  • TPakistan has long been emphatic that India is primarily responsible for the ever-deteriorating relations between the two countries. It also accuses India of wilfully sabotaging the dialogue process; a so-called peace process whereby both neighbouring countries has been endeavouring to improve their ...

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  • TThere has been a perpetual conflict between the forces of virtue and evil since the creation of this world. The Battle of Karbala is indeed an iconic symbol of this sort of conflict. This battle was not merely a conflict between two individuals- Hussain ibn Ali (AS) and Yazid ibn Muawiya. But it ...

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  • TDuring his recent official trip to Pakistan, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he was hopeful about the opportunity to “reset” the strained relationship between the US and Pakistan under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Following his meeting with the civil and ...

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  • THaving formed its governments in the country’s three provinces and at Centre simultaneously, PTI has gotten the opportunity to implement its promised reform agenda to make a Naya Pakistan. Every opportunity has a cost, so is the opportunity to make a Naya Pakistan. This Naya Pakistan will ...

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  • TMarking the end of 10-year rule of PML(N) in the country’s largest province, PTI’s Usman Ahmed Khan Buzdar was elected as 20th Chief Minister of Punjab on Sunday. The newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan has earlier named him as his much-hyped “young and educated” nominee ...

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  • TAn aggressive political manoeuvring is currently underway in Pakistan following what was dubbed the ‘engineered elections’. Political parties are just busy in playing the typical numbers game to lead governments at the Centre and in various provinces. Since no political party could ...

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