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Stability-Instability Paradox, and India’s Fourth Generation Warfare against Pakistan

Stability-Instability Paradox, and India's Fourth Generation Warfare against Pakistan

The stability–instability paradox is relatively a new concept in strategic studies and international relations. It was one of the several concepts evolved during the Cold War period to explain why “stability” at the strategic level between the two superpowers led to “instability” at the lower levels of the conflict. This paradox continues to remain a subject of intense debate even …

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The Forward-looking Agenda for Pakistan

The Forward-looking Agenda for Pakistan

Since Independence, not even a single Prime Minister of Pakistan could complete his full tenure of 5 years, despite the country spectacularly has come of 70 years of age. After the formation of Muslim League in 1906 in the united India, it was envisaged that Muslims’ rights would be preserved by the people of belongingness. However, despite having got an …

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The Case for More Provinces, A roadmap for a stronger Pakistan

The Case for More Provinces, A roadmap for a stronger Pakistan

“People have declared it necessary with one voice to have a new province in Sindh, the unanimity of public opinion demonstrates that a new province has become our fate.” This very statement by a political leader spurred a debate in the country for amending the constitution for creating new provinces. Perfection can never be achieved for any piece of work. …

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THE CRISIS OF NATION-BUILDING IN PAKISTAN, Challenges and the Way forward

THE CRISIS OF NATION-BUILDING IN PAKISTAN, Challenges and the Way forward

“[W]e are Muslims, Islam had taught us this. Here I think you will agree with me that whatever else you may be and whatever you are, you are Muslims. You belong to a nation now. You have now carved out a territory, [a] vast territory, it is all yours. It does not belong to a Punjabi or a Sindhi, or …

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TAXATION POLICY, For improving tax compliance

TAXATION POLICY, For improving tax compliance

The tax gap in Pakistan is estimated to be 9.8pc of the GDP as the current tax-GDP ratio is around 12.5pc against a potential of 22.3pc as per a World Bank report. The tax gap is attributed to taxpayers’ non-compliance and limited tax capacity of the federal tax authorities. Withholding taxes to overcome tax evasion The Federal Board of Revenue …

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Women Elected on Reserved Seats, Are they eligible for the top slot?

Women Elected on Reserved Seats, Are they eligible for the top slot

Recently, I heard an argument presented in a TV talk show that the women elected on reserved seats in federal and provincial legislatures are not eligible to contest the election for the top slot of their respective assembly because these women are nominated, and not elected, members of the assembly. Through this article, I would make an effort to elucidate …

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Pakistan’s Democracy Will Survive

Pakistan's Democracy Will Survive

The decision by Pakistan’s Supreme Court to remove from office Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who had a comfortable majority in the National Assembly, is viewed by many in the West as an ominous sign of renewed political instability, if not heralding a return to authoritarianism. But, Pakistan’s political history suggests otherwise. By: Shahid Javed Burki Today’s Pakistan emerged not in …

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70 Years of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy, A critical appraisal

70 Years of Pakistan's Foreign Policy, A critical appraisal

The discipline of international relations treats the application of diplomacy designed to attain core foreign policy objectives as an important source of national power. Since 1947, all the successive governments in Pakistan have adopted different approaches in this realm, with a view to pursue the country’s economic and security objectives. Due to the chronic leadership crisis, most of the political …

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Climate Change and Food Security

Climate Change and Food Security

Food security is inextricably linked to favourable weather conditions. Weather provides enabling environment where crops grow lavishly, mature in time and produce enormous yield. Different components of weather such as length of days and nights, moisture content, temperature fluctuations, wind velocity and variations in seasons, have far-reaching and overarching impacts on the yield of different crops. Clime change or unpredictability …

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Why Men Commit Violence against Women

Why Men Commit Violence against Women

Violence by men against women does not occur in isolation; it is strongly linked to that against their fellow men, as well as to the internalization of violence. Male-dominated societies are not only based on ‘superiority’ of men over women but some men are also rendered to the subordinate position. Violence – or threat of violence – in men is …

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