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January 2018

World in Focus ( Nov – Dec 2017 )

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NATIONAL Nov 16: The National Assembly passed the 24th Constitution Amendment Bill 2017, paving the way for the ECP to carry out fresh delimitation of constituencies on the basis of provisional census data. Nov 17: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously passed a Pakistan-sponsored resolution, reaffirming the universal realization of the right to self-determination for people. The resolution was ... Read More »

International Law Failing the Rohingya Muslims

During the past few years, issues of immigration, refugees and displaced persons have transcended national jurisdictions. Since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, nearly 13.5 million people have been in desperate need of humanitarian aid. More than 440,000 refugees have entered Europe in 2017 alone, and almost 3,000 have already gone missing. In Southeast Asia, a similar ... Read More »

The rising trend of regionalism in Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

“Being defiant can be a good thing sometimes. Defiance is like marijuana – it is not a bad thing when it is used right.” _Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus Since independence, the major objectives of Pakistan’s foreign policy have remained fluctuating. Although there are some constants such as efforts to keep close cooperation with the US, deep security assurances for ... Read More »

Ozone Layer

Ozone is the gas present naturally in the environment. Its chemical formula is O3. In presence of halogens, Ozone (O3) gets converted into Oxygen (O2). Ozone is present in two layers of the atmosphere. About 10% of ozone is present in lower layer of atmosphere (troposphere), which is located at about 6-10 miles from the surface of the earth. Here ... Read More »

Militancy and Pakistan’s Highly-educated Youth

Why are our university students turning towards extremism? After the gruesome attack on MQM-Pakistan leader and leader of Opposition in Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan, some flabbergasting details have emerged. Karachi Police unearthed the newly-emerged militant outfit Ansar-ul-Sharia Pakistan (ASP). This group comprises highly qualified people, most of whom are students of engineering universities, and it was involved in sabotage activities ... Read More »

SCO’s Expansion Prospects and Challenges

1. Introduction 2. Overview of SCO and Its Recent Expansion a. Establishment of SCO b. Geographical and historical overview c. Previous and new members 3. Importance and Significance of SCO in the Contemporary World a. Enormous potential for trade b. Shifting the global balance c. A step toward a multi-polar world 4. Prospects Emerging out of SCO’s Recent Expansion a. ... Read More »