Tayyab Siddiqui

  • TPakistan since its creation has been faced with multiple crises but none as serious or as debilitating as the present one. Terrorism and increasing cases of terror and indiscriminate bomb blasts have created a deep sense of uncertainty amongst the citizens. The army action against the militants and ...

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  • TPakistan is a dream turned sour, very few will disagree. Over the last six decades, we have failed to realise the hopes and aspirations of the people and to secure a respectable niche worthy of our promise and potential in the comity of nations. Pakistan is today faced with a multitude of crises, ...

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  • TOne had hoped that with the departure of Musharraf his policy of appeasement of India in total disregard of public sentiments would be replaced with a more dignified and realistic approach by the democratic government. Alas This was not to happen. The Gilani government has found safety in following ...

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  • TFinally there is a good news for energy starved Pakistan. After prolonged negotiations lasting 15 years, the agreement on gas pipeline was signed on June 4, in Turkey between Pakistan and Iran. Pakistan has been exploring possibilities of a long-range arrangement to ensure regular supply of gas to ...

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  • TSince its inception Pakistan has faced, multitude of problems, both external and internal. It has lacked political unity and cohesion and the major challenge it has faced has been in terms of province-centre relationship. The establishment, availing of the security situation and threat perception ...

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  • TPakistan's stock was never so low in the international community as is now. The country is a favourite target of media, NGO's and the official circles in Europe and the US. The refrain is that Pakistan is a sanctuary of terrorists, an epicentre of terrorism and a direct threat to global peace and ...

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  • TAn unprecedented development with huge political and legal implications occurred last week. The international Criminal Court in the Hague issued an arrest warrant on March 4 for President Omar al Bashir of Sudan on alleged charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. It is the first ...

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  • TPakistan is currently facing serious threats to its economy and integrity, and the coming days are likely to put our leadership's mettle to the test. Pakistan's internal problems have been compounded with increasing tension and hardening attitudes between erstwhile coalition partners. There are ...

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  • T"Who is minding the store?" has been a recurrent theme raised by the media and think tanks with regard to Pakistani politics. While on the face of it, we have a democratic set-up following the February 18 elections, there is a lot of confusion about the manner in which the government machinery is ...

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  • TThe aerial blitz by Israeli defence forces (IDF) which began on December 27 against hapless Palestinians continues unabated. In a week-long savage attack, more than 400 Palestinians, including 113 women and 42 children, have died. Those injured are in the thousands. The world remains a silent ...

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  • TThe deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks and the increasing pressures on Pakistan by the US and UK are being interpreted by a large body of strategic analysts and political observers a confirmation of the policies to render Pakistan weak and ...

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  • TThe Mumbai blasts of December 26, 2008 will reverberate for a long time and cast dark shadows on the strategic alignment in the region and beyond. Pakistan needs to deliberate on the repercussions of these terror attacks, on its relations both with India and the US. To begin with the peace process ...

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  • TThe dawn of democracy after a long night of military rule, following February 18 elections had filled the heart of every Pakistani with high hopes. The nation greeted the new leaders with great enthusiasm and optimism. However this fervour soon ebbed out, as the Gilani's government failed to make ...

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  • TThe luckless Palestinians marked the fourth death anniversary of Yasser Arafat on November 11. In conditions never experienced before. The crippling blockade of Gaza imposed since November 5, have made the impoverished Palestinians go without food as UN has suspended food distribution to 750,000 ...

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  • TChurchill once described Soviet Union as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." The state of relations with Kabul are equally perplexing and defy analysis or explanation of the contention between Kabul and Islamabad. Leadership of both countries keep vowing fraternal ...

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  • TThe deluge of petro-dollars in the Gulf States in early 70's led then to a frenzy of modernisation and mega-infrastructure projects. However with very small populations and absence of a technological resource base; they had to look for labour and skills from abroad. Thus began the "Dubai ...

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  • TFrench Foreign Minister Bernard Kovchner talking to Israel's popular daily Haaretz last week warned that Israel would strike Iran before it was able to develop nuclear weapons. He reiterated the EU position that "Iran with an atomic bomb is unacceptable at all." Iran's repeated assurances ...

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  • TPakistan's political crisis triggered by Musharraf's March 9 unconstitutional acts not only seriously strained the fabric of internal peace and harmony but also dealt a serious below to Pakistan's interests and image abroad. The emergency proclamation followed by other illegal acts and strong ...

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  • TZardari has wrought a miracle. His transition from prison to the highest office in the land is not entirely providential. It owes a lot to his own planning and subtle manoeuvring. His political career, almost non-descript was directly due to his spouse. Benazir gave him a ministerial portfolio of ...

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