Sarmad Iqbal

  • The era of absolutism, imperial dreams and monarchic intrigue may be decisively over in the West, but the splendor of the royal age lives on still. Thousands still line the streets of Windsor and wave the Union Jack to watch the spectacle of royal weddings, taking in the pomp and pageantry with ...

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  • My dad was watching some talk show (notorious for its outrageous comments on government) on a Pakistani news channel about the row between PML(N) and PTI over the Panama Papers case. Two men from opposing parties were arguing with each other in a way as if they were trying to flaunt how vehemently ...

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  • The whole world was reeling with agonizing and excruciating experiences from 2016, whether it was the loss of legends and heartthrob celebs like David Bowie and George Michael or the loss of human lives from a multitude of terrorist attacks from Orlando to Istanbul. But there were few hopes of ...

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  • I was enjoying New Year’s Eve with my family. It was an occasion of dual significance for me, as my parent’s wedding anniversary coincides with the New Year Eve on 31st Dec. I wasn’t aware of how the next morning will metamorphose itself into a calamity for the Turks, and more ...

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  • Although, I am not one of those Pakistani Muslims who consider  lambasting Israel and calling every incident in world a consequence of Yahoodi saazish (Jewish conspiracy) as one of their religious obligations, but sometimes it becomes quite difficult to sustain a positive image of Israel in ...

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  • Cuba's former president Fidel Castro, one of the world's longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90. His younger brother and successor as President Raul Castro announced the news on Cuban state television on Friday. My friend Javier who is an anti-Castro living in Cuban exile ...

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  • As I was talking to my Turkish friend Murat from Istanbul through a Skype video call about my previous blog on Erdogan’s recent visit to Pakistan and motives behind this visit, he told me how a new issue has emerged in Turkey, which has sparked public outrage. This new issue revolves around a ...

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  • Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit at the invitation of President Mamnoon Hussain. Though President Erdogan had been to Pakistan multiple times, but the latest one was his first bilateral visit to Pakistan since assuming office of the President of Turkey ...

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  • There have been news articles and posts circulating on social media and also in the global journalistic circles that the 2016 G20 summit in Hangzhou was “big on show but short on substance”. Such assertion which is being circulated in the journalistic circles needs to be examined and ...

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  • Islam Karimov, president of Uzbekistan for a long period of 25 years, was sepulchred and inhumed in his native city of Samarkand on Saturday, casting off a power lacuna in a country that acts as a palisade for countering Islamic radicalism in Central Asia. A joint statement by the cabinet ...

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  • With the recent bloodletting and butchery in the Turkish Pistachio heaven, it seems Turkey is becoming another Pakistan. Since 2000, Turkey had become the poster-child for those who aspire for a Muslim majority society which could amalgamate democratic principles with economic triumph. While ...

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  • Reignition of Vehemence of Russo-Iranian Alliance over Syria The current magnitude of tangle between Russia and the West—unparalleled since the denouement of the Cold War—has evolved into Russia’s push towards bolstered ties with many Middle Eastern nations. A sequence of ...

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  • The peril of confrontation in the South China Sea is noteworthy. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines have antithetical territorial and jurisdictional claims, especially over rights to utilize the region's potentially substantial reserves of oil and gas. Non-claimants yearn ...

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  • The prevalent viewpoint among the political savants and the media, both Turkish and global, is that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become much stronger after the July 15 coup bid and is now unshackled to marshal the country as he likes. After the failed coup, Erdogan’s first address to ...

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  • After the rampages of Nice and Wurzburg, the global community has been appalled and dismayed by an ambush on peace in the heart of Bavaria, Munich which has been known for its spell binding medieval edifices and friendly festivals. On 22 July 2016, a shooting occurred in the vicinity of the Olympia ...

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  • At about 1:00am on Saturday I received a message from one of my class mates with whom I used to engage in long vivacious and perky discussions. He told me a coup has taken place in Turkey. He knew that I was quite fervent and avid lover of Turkey as he usually got answers like this from me ...

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