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JWT Desk

Can Pakistan-India ties be normal?

AS people in Pakistan and India celebrate the 70th anniversary of their independence, they should spare a moment for introspection. The story of their relations is largely a history of conflict, war and acrimony. The traumatic circumstances of their independence still live in memory as does, paradoxically, the resonance of shared culture and centuries of common experience. There have been …

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MIGRATION: EUROPE’S RESPONSE TO THE REFUGEE CRISIS

It was October 2015. With winter approaching and no end in sight to the flow of migrants seeking refuge from the Syrian civil war, Germany needed a solution — fast. Processing centres for refugees had exceeded capacity. Asylum claims were backlogged. Temporary tent cities would not survive the punishing winter months. So Germany did what governments increasingly do when facing …

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Pakistan beyond 70

On the 70th independence anniversary, listing some ‘mega trends’ and ‘game changers’ that will determine Pakistan’s future Turning seventy is a major landmark for Pakistan. In 1947, its political opponents were of the view that Pakistan would not sustain for more than couple of years and will seek a reunification with India. The journey during last seventy years was never …

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India, Afghanistan and air freight

Although President Trump has committed an additional 4000 US troops to Afghanistan, U.S is pushing Afghan government for permitting Indian troops into Afghanistan because it knows that the threat from the Afghan Taliban is much greater than what the US forces can handle. India has been wooing Afghanistan for decades to use it as a pawn in its game of …

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The path to energy security

Energy security is one of the hallmarks of success for any economy in the present times. The paucity of energy has haunted the economy of Pakistan for a decade now. Severe shortages and intermittent supplies have led the country into an energy dystopia. After the enactment of the 18th Amendment, all four provinces have the right to use natural gas …

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Obscurantism in the Muslim world

The heart-wrenching picture of a Yemeni child drinking water from a leaked pipeline in the war-raged country has shamed humanity. The picture recently went viral on social media but failed to soften the heart of those who have orchestrated the Yemen civil war along sectarian lines, killing more than 10,000 civilians and wounding over 40,000 others. The war has displaced …

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TIME TO END THE LOST AFGHAN WAR

Media reports claim President Donald Trump let loose on his generals behind closed doors, blasting them royally for their startling failures in Afghanistan, America’s longest war. The president has many faults and is a lousy judge of character. But he was absolutely right to read the riot act to the military brass for daring to ask for a very large …

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Potential drivers of growth

THE economy must grow at eight per cent per annum to accommodate the annual entrants to the labour force, as against the average rate of below 5pc that we have achieved since the mid-1970s. Can this shift to a higher growth path be achieved on a sustainable basis? The challenges in the short to medium term are formidable, with a …

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South Asia: need for common regional approach

The United States remains unsettled while the administration headed by President Donald Trump is engaged in finding its feet on which to stand. The process is taking much longer than was expected by even those who did not have much faith in the ability of the new man in the White House to lead the country and the world. The …

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Retributive justice

Why people in rural areas prefer traditional dispute resolution forums over the formal justice system? Last month a Panchayat, a village council of elders, in Raja Ram’s rural locality of Multan district ordered a complainant’s family to undertake a revenge rape of a girl whose brother was accused of having earlier raped another girl from the complainant family. Interestingly, both …

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