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World in Focus (Dec-16 to Jan-17)

 NATIONAL Dec 16: The Council of Common Interests agreed to begin Pakistan’s sixth population census from March 15, 2017. About the CCI Under the Constitution of 1973, the President appoints the Council on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Council is responsible to both the Houses of Parliament i.e. the Senate of Pakistan & National Assembly. It’s mandatory for …

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BHUTTO-ZARDARI DEMOCRACY AND PAKISTAN, By S. Sartaj Hussain Shah

BHUTTO-ZARDARI DEMOCRACY AND PAKISTAN

If one tries to trace the history of creation of Pakistan, one will have to retread one’s steps till the eventful year of 1906 when All India Muslim League was founded. After many ups and downs, a new chapter opened on 23rd March 1940 with the passage of the Lahore Resolution. The results of 1946 elections were almost a guarantee …

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Faces of institutional failure

Sakib Sherani INSTITUTIONS intersect our daily lives in myriad but mostly unnoticed or unseen ways. Ensuring public safety is one such domain. Among many different ways, public safety can be in the form of ensuring buildings that we live and work in are built to certain minimum standards, or that road traffic follows laid-down guidelines, or the food that we …

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Can America survive Donald Trump?

By Aijaz Zaka Syed No one expected Donald Trump to be all sweetness and light once he won the White House. But who turns his first press conference into a circus and slanging match with the media and virtually everyone else in the room? The man really nurses a grudge. It was probably the shallowest speech ever delivered by an …

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Afghanistan and the New World Order

By Jehangir Khattak As Donald Trump takes oath as the 45th President of the US, history seems to be going full circle in one part of the world. The enemies of yesteryear are cosying up to one another and allies of yesterday are embracing estrangement, if not outright hostility over Afghanistan. The display of shifting sands was witnessed in Moscow …

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Is Turkish military’s role in politics over?

Through a state of emergency decree issued Jan. 10, the Turkish government transferred some critical powers of the chief of the General Staff to the civilian minister of defense. Although the move passed without much debate, its importance cannot be disregarded. The powers transferred constitute the nerve endings of the military tutelage that ruled over Turkey for many years. The decree concentrates military power in …

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A strategic shift

By Hussain H Zaidi President Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on his first day in the White House. If for nothing else, Trump deserves a round of applause for being as good as his word. Compliments aside, the decision taken by the man who presides over the globe’s largest economy and trading nation …

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The Doomsday Clock just advanced, ‘thanks to Trump’: It’s now just 2½ minutes to ‘midnight.’

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Donald Trump’s Mexico Tantrum

Less than a week into the job, President Trump on Thursday raised the specter of a trade war with America’s third-largest partner, Mexico, as the White House warned that the United States could impose a 20 percent tariff on Mexican imports. This absurd threat, issued as a proposal to cover the cost of a border wall, came just hours after …

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What was destroyed must be rebuilt

BY Mary Scully Perhaps what is most puzzling about the Donald Trump presidency is why US policymakers – those who really run the country – allowed him to take the election when Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by an indisputable margin. That is not to endorse Clinton’s candidacy as preferable to Trump because her actual policies contradict her populist …

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