Rameeza Nizami

  • NEW YORK - The Pakistani and Indian Prime Ministers met in an environment of expectations lowered to the point of being nonexistent. The very fact that the meeting took place was to be the success of the event, not any resulting development. And so it was. Pakistani hawks have argued that this is ...

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  • NEW YORK - The Prime Minister’s speech began with a description of his resurrection as third-time Prime Minister. “I feel exonerated, as my supporters and I stood firm…in the long years of exile, exclusion and state oppression.”The first real political point scored came ...

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  • New York - The UN General Assembly isn’t all handshakes and photo ops. There’s also the matter of the countries of the world coming together to share progress and discuss problems they all face. Poverty, food insecurity, disease, climate change, and so on. Who decides what issues ...

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  • NEW YORK - Malala Yousafzai is in New York, but in accordance with the terms of her book deal, is contractually restricted from speaking to press without the permission of her public relations agency. She is being guided at the UNGA by Gordon Brown, and she was present at his meeting with the ...

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  • New York - It is a surprise how little happens when a few dozen heads of state and government get together. At the UN – which is primarily a large, slow-moving bureaucracy – Pakistan has traditionally thrived. Benefiting from one talented diplomat after another, the permanent ...

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  • KARACHI - After days of rumours about an impending operation in Karachi, it was with some concern that a planeload of media persons landed in the city. With the PMLN’s restrained affection for the press, the possibility of being used for target practice could not be entirely dismissed. And ...

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  • Senator Kerry is due in Pakistan for a visit soon, and the public has been made to believe – and expect – a breakthrough by the new government on the drones issue. This is not going to happen. Or at least not in a way that will ever fulfil the currently impossible expectations.For an ...

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  • Much excitement, and not a little awe, preceded the arrival. The condition worsened with the news that a fleet of JF17s would be escorting the visitor, crossing over from neighbouring India, in Pakistani airspace. A reception almost designed to convey brushing invisible lint off a well-tailored ...

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