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Six Principles of Political Realism

Six Principles of Political Realism

“Politics is an art and not a science, and what is required for its mastery is not the rationality of the engineer but the wisdom and the moral strength of the statesman.” ― Hans J. Morgenthau In 1948, noted political scientist Hans J. Morgenthau published his famous book “Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace”. This classic text, …

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What is the Kishanganga Water Dispute?

What is the Kishanganga Water Dispute?

The dispute revolves around a hydroelectric power plant on the Kishanganga River, which is a tributary of the Jhelum and is known as Neelum in Pakistan. On May 19, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the project – which includes a dam on the tributary – barely metres away from the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region. The …

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In Conversation with M. Awaid Irshad Bhatti (PAS), 1st in Pakistan CSS-2017

In Conversation with M. Awaid Irshad Bhatti (PAS), 1st in Pakistan CSS-2017

WTI’s teachers as well as the administration, led by Sir Adeel Niaz, have been a constant source of motivation and support for me in this process. Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background? Muhammad Awaid Irshad Bhatti (MAIB): I completed my high school education from Aitchison College, Lahore. Later, I did BSc from …

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ELECTIONS 2018

ELECTIONS 2018

It’s time to hold our leaders accountable Democracy, rule of the people, is comprised of complex webs of accountabilities between people and those who use power to govern on their behalf. Democratic accountability is comprised of justifications for these uses of power, combined with distributions of empowerments in such a way that those affected can sanction its use. Key problems …

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The FATA-KP Merger & the Challenges Ahead

The FATA-KP Merger & the Challenges Ahead

Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) does not exist anymore with the same name and status. The outgoing PML-N government did a historic job when it merged the region administered by the federation with the adjacent province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through the 31st constitutional amendment. However, it is to be noted here that this merger was not a decision taken overnight …

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Elections 2018 and Our Future

Elections 2018 and Our Future

By: Raqeeb Kakar Need for introspection before casting the vote Come forward, share your opinion. It is to establish an idea (though models and narratives are state-owned). Get slammed for the presentation proffered and surely whittle down living in a bubble. Mao Zedong likely emphasises, “You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs.” Surely, freedom of speech is a flamboyant …

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Radical Tax Reforms

Radical Tax Reforms

Need for Making Tax System Equitable Income tax is the major levy in almost all the developed countries, which, therefore, have direct tax collection as the largest share in their overall national tax collection. In these countries, income inequalities are minimal and the living standards of the people are high, yet almost similar. A stranger hardly finds poor people in …

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THE PRESSING URGENCY FOR INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS

THE PRESSING URGENCY FOR INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS

What is the cause of sustained scientific, technological and innovative development in the West? What makes the West so advanced socially and economically, and better from the rest of the world? Why Western societies are politically stable enough to ensure continuity of democratic regimes for the last many decades and even centuries? Why do disasters cause surprisingly low number of …

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The Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018

The Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018

A Promising Start or mere eyewash? On May 24, the long wait for full citizenship of Pakistan for the residents of Gilgit-Baltistan finally ended after the local government formally promulgated the Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018. The piece of legislation, which received presidential assent on June 01, replaces the Gilgit-Baltistan Self-Governance Order 2009. While spelling out the provisions of the Order, the …

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National Internal Security Policy 2018-2023

National Internal Security Policy 2018-2023

On May 29, the outgoing PML-N government unveiled the National Internal Security Policy (NISP) 2018-23 to address terrorism, extremism and other crimes effectively. The new policy, which is the continuation of the NISP 2014-18, has ascertained Daesh as the biggest national security threat to Pakistan by saying that “[t]he emergence of Daesh in close proximity to Pakistan has raised new …

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