Sehar Kamran

  • Once again, Iran is in the eye of the storm. The raging clouds of war seem to have engulfed the Middle East. With every passing day, the uncertainty and confusion are gaining momentum, and the world is waiting with a bated breath to see where this tension in the US-Iran relations is heading ...

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  • “The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads ...

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  • “You can imprison a man but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.” Benazir Bhutto Few people in the world leave behind incredible legacies which are remembered for decades and even centuries. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is listed ...

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  • “Tough times don’t last, tough people do” - Robert Schuller Since the inception of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), social justice has been one of the hallmarks of the party leadership. From Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, the baton of leadership and ...

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  • ‘Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.’ –Winston Churchill   Hyper-nationalistic, authoritarian, xenophobic, warmongering, racially discriminatory, and policies based on majoritarianism are some of the characteristics used to describe Nazi-Germany ...

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  • In our seeking for economic and political progress, we all go up - or else we all go down –Franklin D. Roosevelt   The Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government recently celebrated the passing of the Federal Budget 2019- 20 from the National Assembly of Pakistan with 176 votes in favour ...

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  • “Good governance, division of responsibilities and an effective communication mechanism between state institutions are key to the success of the NAP”. Pakistan has been a victim of the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism for more than one and a half decade now. The country has ...

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  • “If we want to rise as a nation we need to value human development indicators and formulate policies that ensure sustainable growth and development of the country. Investing in target oriented policies from a future perspective is a trump card to save the future generation from vices of ...

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  • “The debate on the process of mainstreaming must be initiated from the Parliament. All issues ranging from madrasah, Charter of Peace and Reconciliation, De-radicalisation of these organisations must be addressed to avoid splintering and resurfacing of violent groups with new names. Political ...

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  • A series of recent events has not only rocked the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), but has brought the sad state of human rights in the valley to the forefront once again. With the assassination of Shujaat Bukhari, a senior Kashmiri journalist and editor-in-chief of a leading English newspaper, ...

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  • ‘BB ka wada nibhana hai Pakistan bachana hai’ “We represent the underprivileged, the peasants, women, young people, the minorities, all those who have been neglected by elite governments”: Mohtarma Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, 9th September 2007   Peace, Progress and ...

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  • ‘Reliance on kinetic measures to intercept non-linear threats is no longer an option, and modern statecraft in the country must absolutely familiarise itself – and quickly – with alternate tools to tackle the emerging complex and unpredictable internal and external security ...

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  • ‘Today, peace means the ascent from simple coexistence to cooperation and common creativity among countries and nations.’ Mikhail Gorbachev, Former President of the USSR 2018 marks seventy years of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and the Russian Federation. On this propitious occasion, ...

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  • “Jammu and Kashmir is part of Pakistan, in blood, in flesh, in culture, in history, in geography. In every way and in every form.” – Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s speech at the United Nations There are few words that can judiciously describe the sentiments of the Pakistani people ...

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  • “I put my life in danger and came here because I feel this country is in danger. People are worried. We will bring the country out of this crisis.” Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Laiquat Bagh, 27th December, 2007. Astute words from what was to be Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s ...

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  • “You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea” – Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto  Today marks a full 50 years of the steadfast determination and indefeasible struggle by what is now Pakistan’s biggest ...

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  • ‘Non-proliferation will only work if all states are willing to cooperate, and that will only happen if all feel they are being treated fairly.’ John Bruton, Former EU Ambassador to the US. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is once again featuring in headlines ...

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  • “Foreign policy cannot be reactional, incidental or occasional; clearly defined goals have to be followed with consistency to achieve tangible results.” Over the past few weeks, Pakistan has once again been at the receiving end of controversial statements – from President ...

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  • “The law must be gender-blind. Democracy cannot work if women are subjugated, uneducated and unable to be independent.” –Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, in ‘Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West’.   In the aftermath of the recent disqualification of ...

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  • “No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you” –Muhammad Ali Jinnah The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is an extraordinary and unique regional organisation. Its recent expansion is undoubtedly a historic moment, and a ...

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  • “Control of the sea by maritime commerce and naval supremacy means predominant influence in the world … (and) is the chief among the merely material elements in the power and prosperity of nations.” –Alfred Thayer Mahan The seas have always been gateways to the prosperity ...

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  • “A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.” –James Freeman Clarke They say darkest hour can bring out the truth within people. Today, Pakistan is in the midst of a crisis, and we are being forced to reckon with truths we have hitherto chosen to ...

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  • “Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.”   Theodore Roosevelt 2016 has been a year marked by upheaval and radical change in every sphere – and not ...

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  • “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” –Prof Dr Howard Zinn Historians agree that major underlying causes, which resulted in the outbreak of the First World War, were ‘nationalism, imperialism, arms race and an alliance system that ...

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  • To a state where many still prescribe to the Kautilyan ideal of a single sub-continental Indian State, and revere his tenets for statecraft and foreign policy, deception and misdirection come as naturally as the involuntary function of breathing. In fact, India has mastered these arts to such ...

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  • Pakistan has recently applied for the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Much has been written on the subject, but as is always the case with matters of such complexity, much more remains unsaid. In the context of the upcoming plenary session of the group, it has become exceedingly ...

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  • I am writing this open letter to you as a concerned member of Senate of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan – I am writing to express our gravest misgivings over the discriminatory behaviour that we fear is being demonstrated towards Pakistan by some members of the prestigious organisation ...

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  • ‘We are aware that regional economic development is a necessary prerequisite to peace and stability. [..] I have no doubt in my mind that our region is capable of taking a quantum leap into an unchartered future – a future of unlimited opportunity, a future of infinite ...

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  • “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”–Article 2(4), United Nations ...

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  • As the final Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) approaches this week, all eyes will be trained on not only the outcomes of the Washington Summit, but also on an appraisal of what the process has achieved over the course of the four summits. The laudable initiative by President Obama has been a subject ...

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