Tanvir Zahid

  • TTom Stoppard Is the Belarus story important? Careful how you answer. The story doesnt photograph well, and its hopeless for TV. The mere fact of a corrupt and vindictive autocracy is hardly news anyway in this wicked world. So you could be forgiven for asking: set against the scale and violence of ...

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  • TTallat Azim Where is one to find answers for all the questions that stare at you? Why do parents, who cannot afford to feed or clothe their children, have them? Why hasn't the state enacted any laws to protect the rights of children in this country? The alleged mistreatment and mu-rder of a 12 year ...

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  • TThe holy month of Ramazan is just round the corner and the prices of essential items have started rising. The abnormal rise in the prices of fruits, vegetables and pulses has caused serious concern among consumers especially those from the middle and lower income groups. As usual, the Federal and ...

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  • TThird Schedule of the country's longest surviving constitution enforced in 1973 contains texts of oaths which the president, PM and several others are supposed to take before entering into their respective offices. Oaths of the president and PM are more elaborate and comprehensive than others, as ...

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  • TEvery patriotic Pakistani of this sacred soil would agree that New Delhi and Islamabad never had or will ever have friendly relations with each other. There are several reasons for such low state of relations between the two neighbouring countries. One being that since the partition, the Indian ...

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  • TThe PML-Q government under the umbrella of the country's fourth military dictator General Musharraf had befooled the nation by claiming that it had broken the begging bowl and Pakistan will not borrow from IMF or other international donor agencies in future. The so-called slogan of breaking the ...

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  • TPakistan is fighting a battle for its survival in Swat and other troubled areas infested by the militants and extremists. The ongoing battle in the troubled areas is in fact against masked enemies hostile and inimical to the very existence of a Muslim country which has just celebrated another ...

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  • TThe process of budget making in Pakistan, both at the national and provincial levels, for the new financial year commences in the right earnest towards end of third quarter of the ongoing fiscal year. Presentation of the Federal Budget for 2009-10 will be followed by the Provincial Budgets of the ...

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  • TFor quite some time, every Tom, Dick and Harry in and around the White House in Washington DC, 10 Downing Street in London and elsewhere in different parts of the globe have themselves assumed the duty of passing sweeping statements against Pakistan and its security. Some irking statements are ...

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  • TThe much politicised, criticised but direly needed Kalabagh Dam is still alive, though lying on the death bed. During the last couple of days, two statements at the appropriate higher level have been made which are both self-contradictory as well as belie the bitter ground realities. Prime Minister ...

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  • TWith every passing day, Pakistan's sovereignty and independence seemingly is withering away in thin air and God forbid, more and more of our friends and well-wishers are ruthlessly offering comments that Pakistan is fast slipping into a failed state. Such an alarming situation has indeed been ...

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  • TSo, where are we heading after all? Blunt, straight and simple the answer to this pertinent query is, quite painfully, in the negative. We are going nowhere as there is no direction, no moving onwards and the beloved Motherland seems to be sinking (God forbid) like a rudderless ship. There is ...

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  • TBe the white-skinned George W Bush or black Barack Hussein Obama in the White House, as the President of the United States, they are all one and the same. They are American citizens first and foremost caring for only the US interests the world over. They do not bother about friends or allies and go ...

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  • TThe greatest killer of the Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan of modern times, Bush, has gone into the annals of the history. Quite obviously, history will pass its verdict for or against him in due course of time. However, the US has got its 44th President - first black American - Barack H ...

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  • TFollowing terrorist attacks in Mumbai the relations between the two neighbouring countries became strained quite out of proportion with New Delhi constantly accusing Islamabad just for the sake of drawing maximum advantage out of the prevailing situation. In these troubled circumstances, with India ...

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  • TThe United Nations Security Council (UNSC), at the insistence of USA and India, adopted the resolution demanding the ban on certain organisations of Pakistan in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The rulers not only rushed to implement the resolution but also went forward many steps in ...

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  • TRelations between the two neighbouring countries, India and Pakistan, have never been friendly. Moreover the tension between the two countries has increased after the Mumbai mayhem. Most unfortunately, there are elements that do not want the two countries to have friendly relations with each other. ...

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  • TPolitical leadership of the country deserves lot of felicitation and appreciation for displaying rather rare demonstration of national unity in the wake of the threatening postures of India following terrorist attacks in Mumbai on November 26. December 2, 2008 will surely go down in the annals of ...

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  • TThe federal government has at last made a positive move to address the issue of gender harassment. A draft legislation is ready to go through the process of consideration by the Cabinet and the Parliament after which it would become a law, hopefully, in due course of time. Draft legislation ...

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  • TQuite expectedly and hopefully, Saudi Arabia has once again come out with firm and categorical assurance to help Pakistan in all possible manners to overcome its prevailing financial crisis. The assurance given at the highest level is yet another demonstration of fraternal brotherly ties that ...

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  • TThe federal government has just launched a programme which is aimed at providing relief to the low-income people. The programme has been named after PPP Chairperson Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto as the Benazir Income Support Programme in order to translate into reality, at least to some extent, cherished ...

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  • TPakistan has been involved in the war against terror as part of the US led international coalition since 9/11 and in the process has suffered more and gained very little. The War On Terror commenced during the military regime of the former dictator Musharraf and is continuing against the ...

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  • TAfter a nine year long dictatorship rule of the army chief cum president ended. Pakistan at last got a civilian president in PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari who has recently elected with thumping majority by the electoral college as a successor to General Musharraf. Within days of his assuming the ...

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  • TQuite expectedly, Asif Ali Zardari has been elected as the 12th President with a thumping majority. PPP is celebrating its co-chairman's victory and Asif Ali Zardari is receiving messages offelicitations from the world leaders as well as within the country . President Zardari, in short, has ...

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  • TMake a beginning now, at least. Another president who was pressurised with threats of impeachment has stepped down by tendering his resignation with the last address to the nation. Unfortunately he has also been given a safe passage like many others. He has been boasting about accountability ...

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  • TThe inevitable has happened after all. President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf by tendering his resignation on the eventful day of August 18, 2008 has acted quite wisely and thus saved the day for himself as well as for the ruling coalition mainly the senior partner PPP and its PPP Co-Chairman ...

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  • TGood governance, to tell the bitter truth rather very painfully and regretfully, has whithered away in thin air even before it became visible in any form. The country's fourth military ruler had also raised slogans of good governance in addition to the economic reform agenda. None of these were ...

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  • TAs a nation, if at all we consider ourselves as one, we have committed many blunders and mistakes and suffered from tragedies one after the other during little more than six decades of existence. Dismemberment of the country being the greatest of all tragedies besides the selling of three rivers ...

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  • TPolitical roundabouts are playing an "important" role in the national as well as international politics. A round of talks on this or that issue is not a new phenomenon. And, these roundabouts keep going round and around in an unending and unproductive manner and still none ventures to ...

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  • TRecently, the US jets have bombed Mohmand Agency killing at least 27 including a major. Pentagon has not wasted time in claiming the hot pursuit attack as Legitimate. Besides attacking the Mohmand Agency, the US jets have also attacked South Waziristan Agency and the subsequent claim by Washington ...

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