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Top 5 Countries That Ditched Their Military Forces

Top 5 Countries That Ditched Their Military Forces

By: Zafrullah Saroya Federated States of Micronesia Leading up to World War II, the Federated States of Micronesia was under Japanese control, which explains why Micronesia became the site of some of the most fearsome battles ever fought in the South Pacific. After the war, the region became part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, beginning ... Read More »

In Conversation with Zohaib Ahmed Anjum (PAS), 36th in Pakistan, 1st in Azad Kashmir, CSS 2017-18

In Conversation with Zohaib Ahmed Anjum (PAS), 36th in Pakistan, 1st in Azad Kashmir, CSS 2017-18

JWT was a preferential reading for me at the start of the month because of its brevity, crispness and CSS-oriented analyses of issues. Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background? Zohaib Ahmed Anjum (ZAA): I graduated from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, in 2016, with a degree in Architectural Engineering. I have ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Economic Dependency

Pakistan's Economic Dependency

Pakistan is considered an economically fragile and unstable country, owing to the rampant maladministration. Though multiple factors can be attributed to it, yet ‘the vested interests of the ruling class’ have always been the most prominent. Geographically, Pakistan has been greatly blessed by nature but regional as well as international interests have been a curse for it. Since its birth, ... Read More »

The Pulwama Crisis

The Pulwama Crisis

Now is the time for diplomatic efforts The bilateral ties between Pakistan and India have been characterized by crises of different magnitudes and natures. The hostilities are deep-rooted and well-entrenched, affecting every segment of society. The historical legacy of defective partition plan including Kashmir dispute, psychological trauma of partition and massacre; nerve-wrecking competition over strategic and economic interests; weaponization of ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Nuclear Use Doctrine, An ambiguity prevails

Pakistan's Nuclear Use Doctrine, An ambiguity prevails

By: Asfand Yar Bhutto An overview of Pakistan’s Nuclear Use Doctrine Since the start of its nuclear weapons programme, particularly nuclear tests of May 1998, Pakistan has not come up officially with its nuclear use doctrine. However, No First Use (NFU) policy has remained deeply rooted in its nuclear deterrence assumptions with the objective to make the deterrence more credible ... Read More »

On the Verge of War

On the Verge of War

By: Asad Hussain Sanity is the first victim in India-Pakistan Standoff Amidst intense warmongering from the Indian side, the ongoing dangerous standoff between the two hostile nuclear neighbours, Pakistan and India, may lead the world to an unimaginable catastrophe. In order to ascertain as to how we reached here, it is quintessential to understand the background to this critical juncture. ... Read More »

Understanding the Benami Law

Understanding the Benami Law

Zeroing in on Benami transactions In Pakistan, the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 2017 (Benami Law) was gazetted on 17 February 2017. The Benami Law became effective with the publication of the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Rules 2009 vide SRO 326(I)/2019 dated 11 March 2019. The Benami Law prohibits a person from entering into a benami transaction, which is defined as: a ... Read More »

Why Pakistan Needs a New Forest Policy

Why Pakistan Needs a New Forest Policy

By: Ifrah Shaukat  Although objectives and scope of forest management diversified and extended before the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), its main objective remained merely timber production. Local communities, indigenous peoples and, most importantly, international NGOs speak out to record their concerns regarding a very narrow definition of forestry. Since then, these voices have managed, somehow, to ... Read More »

In Quest for SMART POWER

In Quest for SMART POWER

Abdul Rasool Syed The Means to Success in World Politics Kudos to Pakistan Armed Forces, exclusively to Pakistan Air Force, for shooting down two Indian jets that violated Pakistani airspace! It was, for sure, an exemplary display of hard power that Pakistan has earned through the indefatigable industry and selfless devotion of its armed forces which they cherish for the ... Read More »

The Population Challenge

The Population Challenge

Prime Minister Imran Khan and the former Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar addressed a seminar organised by the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan on “Alarming Population Growth: Call for Action” and highlighted the need for launching a campaign to control population growth rate. The economic compulsion of reducing the growth rate is compelling: high growth rate places ... Read More »