Najm us Saqib

  • Electronic media has virtual­ly overtaken print media. So­cial media has overhauled re­ality and facts. Technology has made propaganda much easier and effective. Fake websites are delivering goods to the satisfaction of clients. Perception has assumed ultimate responsi­bility of ...

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  • The young man looked a bit angry. Perhaps, he was running short of arguments.He: Gone are the days when the youth believed in their elders out of respect. This is the age of technology. Information on all subjects are available on the internet. Opinions are formed and promoted through social media. ...

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  • The young man looked a bit angry. Perhaps, he was running short of arguments. He: Gone are the days when the youth believed in their elders out of respect. This is the age of technology. Information on all subjects are available on the internet. Opinions are formed and promoted through social ...

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  • The young man was talking sense. But he was not looking at the full spectrum of things. I had to remind him of the importance of objectivity in any sensible argument.Me: I agree with you. The truth sets us free. But what if my truth is different from yours? Would our respective truths set us free ...

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  • In response to my review of the past seventy-five years of Pakistan’s history, he did not seem impressed at all. But the young man had a point! He: More than seventy-five years have passed since independence and we are still confused as to which form of government would suit us and why? Me: A ...

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  • Keats equated truth with beauty. Buddha said that truth could not be long hidden. Einstein declared that whosoever did not take truth seriously in small matters, could not be trusted in big ones either. Lincoln felt that given the truth, people could be depended upon to meet any national crisis. ...

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  • Never mind if the seats were regained or the opponents took the by-elections for granted or the supportive hidden hands of politics couldn’t succeed in re-employing the time-tested tools of rigging. Never mind if a fictional narrative unexpectedly proved a real-time winner or the people of ...

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  • The Foreign Office must brace for an unprecedented storm. This time, not to argue Pakistan’s case at multilateral forums or bilaterally, but to survive as an organization. Previously known as the first line of defence, diplomacy has seemingly lost its erstwhile mojo in the eyes of Islamabad. ...

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  • In one of the upscale restaurants of the capital, some of the known national-fame intellectuals are found in the middle of a heated discussion. Two of them will soon be appearing on different TV channels to offer valuable analyses on internal politics and international affairs. First:   Of ...

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  • More than wriggling out of the FATF grey list or receiving a positive review of the GSP+ status, Pakistan needed the IMF’s understanding on running the economy. Clearly, the alarmingly depleting forex and sky-rocketing inflation are the immediate concerns. Has Islamabad received a nod from the ...

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  • The 2022 BRICS Summit’s theme focused on high-quality partnerships to usher in a new era for global development. The leaders of China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa reiterated the need to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue in accordance with international law while committing to respect ...

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  • It was Abraham Lincoln who once tried to clarify one of the basic elements of human nature in relation to one’s desire to manipulate others. ‘You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.’ India ...

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  • In the opening paragraph of its report issued on June 17, the FATF has told Russia in no uncertain terms that Moscow’s role and influence within the platform, being a member of FATF, has been ‘severely limited’ as a result of its invasion of Ukraine. By expressing its ‘deepest sympathies ...

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  • There is hardly anything ‘foreign’ about a country’s foreign policy. The internal political, economic and social indicators shape the course of action a country adopts to project and promote its national interest in the regional or international arena. Diplomacy works better in an ...

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  • India’s action in August 2019 and stripping Jammu & Kashmir of the autonomy it had been guaranteed, was a kind of fait accompli practically forced simultaneously upon the Kashmiri people and Pakistan to accept. From the ‘doctrine of realism’ to revisiting the LoC ceasefire agreement to an ...

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  • Elections will pave the way to political stability in the country? Put your right hand on your heart and say it again. Elections will lead to political stability. The answer might guide you to see the real issues facing the country including the declining economy, education, health and welfare of ...

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  • The first ever two-day bilateral visit of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister to China has ended on familiar reiteration of commitments in the trade and economic domains and the euphoric estimation about Sino-Pak ties that are higher than the mountains, sweeter than honey and which could still be termed ...

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  • Look around and see if truth is anymore admissible in our daily lives or does it carry any weightage in any serious argument anymore? Examine the ebbs and flows of international affairs or domestic politics and see if truth or logic is even considered as benchmarks for fair play. Most importantly, ...

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  • Medieval Europe viewed the first diplomats as inviolable and sacred angels or messengers from heaven to earth. Early traces of diplomacy could be found in Western Africa around the ninth century, Middle East, China and India. Modern diplomacy began in ancient Greece in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. ...

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  • The bells of receiving billions of dollars start tolling in Pakistan, the moment a high-level visit to or from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is envisaged. Hopes of deferment of oil payments or additional concessional grants or filling spaces in forex pipes are automatically attached with such ...

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  • The young man had a point. According to him, nothing substantial has changed in Pakistan except for the faces at the helm of affairs. Real issues are still on the backburner. Upon my arguing on a number of unprecedented recent incidents taking place in the country such as the success of a NTM ...

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  • The decision to bring Pakistan back on track is as important as getting one’s priorities in order. Setting one’s priorities becomes even more important if the available time to complete one’s agenda is limited.May it be offering an olive branch to India or sending fresh bouquets to China ...

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  • The world seems to have no other choice but to follow the advice proffered by Tolstoy decades ago. If the two most powerful warriors are ‘patience’ and ‘time’, then mankind is helplessly using both in dealing with the instruments and victims of the war in Ukraine. History has once again ...

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  • A history-page opens. He was self-indulgent and tyrannical and came to power with the support of the Praetorian Guard and the Senate.Initially, he was blessed with tutors for advice and guidance but soon he sought to rule the country independently, effectively ridding himself of retraining ...

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  • ‘The West knows me very well’, PM Imran said in presumably his final address to the nation last evening. But then he blamed the West for hatching a regime-change conspiracy against him. Paradox. If the West knew him well and what he believed in during his over two-decade long political ...

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  • The war on who rules Islamabad continues with Khan winning the first battle. Dismissal of the no-trust-move as per Article-5 and dissolution of the National Assembly under Article-58 of the Constitution respectively not only saved Khan from being disgracefully unseated as PM but also invited the ...

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  • Politics promises to bring about change every time a change is considered necessary. Even if the desired change is achieved, room for another change remains available. Often, a change for a purpose soon becomes a power-struggle and people start betting on one horse or the other completely ...

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  • India has shrewdly informed Pakistan that its surface-to-surface missiles are capable of hitting Islamabad from its northern launch-pad as and when required. Surprisingly, India was not aware of the untoward incident until the time it ‘learnt’ that one of its missiles had ‘accidentally’ ...

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  • Match-fixing is unethical but it is a reality. It hurts badly when your own players either underperform or twist an ankle just a day before the final. The worst case scenario is when your own players openly start singing to the tunes of your opponents and you do not have the option to change the ...

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  • In the democratic world generally and under autocratic regimes specifically, a leader’s statement on any policy matter is read and taken seriously before interpreting it to know a country’s policy standpoint thereon. Any such statement made by an official portfolio holder could hardly be ...

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