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Strategizing Implementation of FATA Reforms Package

FATA Reforms Package

The process of FATA reforms has now entered into implementation phase. Before the promise of reforms comes to fruition, there is still a long – and intricate – road to travel. FATA’s happy future requires stewardship of the highest order, given the complexity of the looming challenges, sensitivity of the issues involved, and the far-reaching implications of the policy options …

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A Holistic Picture of the Ideology of Pakistan

A Holistic Picture of the Ideology of Pakistan

Since the very early days of education, almost every student in Pakistan is taught that the ideology of Pakistan is based on Two Nation Theory and its is the biggest reason behind the establishment of this great country. However, it is mostly taught in such a way that students’ minds are filled with more questions as the history they are …

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Do We Need Philosopher Kings in Pakistan?

Philosopher Kings in Pakistan

Starting the debate on government of the educated, by the educated “Democracy is a certain form of government in which Men are counted but not weighed.” — Allama Iqbal It is natural to think that the wise ought to rule. This thinking was behind the idea of “Philosopher King” propounded by Plato in his “The Republic”. Plato argues that kings …

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PAKISTAN’S AFGHAN POLICY, Past Present and the Future

PAKISTANS AFGHAN POLICY

Pakistan was thought of having abandoned its pro-Taliban policy in Afghanistan after becoming an ally in the US-led war on terror that was started in the wake of 9/11 incident. However, the unfolding of events during the recent years suggests that the country still has links with the Taliban despite being relentlessly subjected to scathing criticism by the US and …

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Limited Access Orders and Violence: Pakistan’s Development Dilemma

Limited Access Orders and Violence

“How can low- and middle-income societies improve the conditions of their people?” This question keeps continuously resonating around the world. There has been a growing strand of literature for answering problems of development in a new light. It emphasizes that in order to address the problem of development, we need to understand better the structure of economies and polities and …

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Pakistan and ADB’s Asian Development Outlook 2017

Pakistan and ADB

On 6th April, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) issued its Asian Development Outlook 2017. The report predicts that the developing Asia will continue to perform well this year even as recovery in the major industrial economies remained weak. It further predicted that the region’s economy will expand by 5.7 percent in 2017 and 2018. “Growth is picking up in 30 …

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Iran Presidential Election 2017, A Look at 6 Candidates

Iran Presidential Election 2017

Iran has announced the final list of candidates for its presidential race, with moderate incumbent Hassan Rouhani likely to face a strong challenge from hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi

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Caught in Perpetual Fighting

Caught in Perpetual Fighting 2

There are many reasons to believe that the people of Pakistan are undergoing their most wonderful age. They are convinced and they are confused, both at the same time. They can think of their country as heading toward ‘secure’ state – sort of – where peace prevails, where the monstrous scale of terrorism ultimately goes down and where we all …

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Rehabilitation of FATA People

Rehabilitation of FATA People

Although most of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been repatriated by the government in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), yet the task of their rehabilitation is proving no less than a nightmare for the concerned authorities. It has been reported that many of the repatriated families are coming back to the IDP camps as …

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The New US Approach to Pakistan

The New US Approach to Pakistan

The election of Republican Party candidate, Donald J. Trump, as the 45th President of the United States, gave birth to apprehensions that he would be disastrous for the Muslim world in general and Pakistan in particular. Pakistan has been fighting the US-led global war on terror since 2001 as a frontline state. However, for the last decade and a half, …

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