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September 2015

Amending the Constitution
The SC Verdict on 18th & 21st Amendments

10 Questions with Muhammad Atif, 8th Position PMS-2014 (Topper in Interview)

The value of JWT can be assessed from the fact that the FPSC has recommended JWT for CSS Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, for the interest of JWT readers and aspirants for competitive exams, please tell us about your educational background? Muhammad Atif (MA): I actually belong to a village of Sheikhupura district. I got primary and secondary …

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Regulating the NGOs

Flushing out the anti-Pakistan elements  “Armed with their billions, NGOs have waded into the world, turning potential revolutionaries into salaried activists, funding artists, intellectuals and filmmakers, gently luring them away from radical confrontation.” Suzanna Arundhati Roy (Indian writer and activist) On July 02, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, while hearing the NGOs case, observed that …

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No More Silence on Child Abuse

How come it took nine years for the truth about the horrifying pursuit of a paedophile gang in a village in Kasur to emerge? Some two dozen members of the gang would force-manage a child abuse scene, film it, take it to the victim’s family and get paid handsomely by blackmailing them. During these years, the gang, reportedly, victimized some …

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Extraordinary Measures for Improving Taxpayers’ Compliance

Extraordinary measures for improving tax compliance

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is under immense pressure to improve tax compliance in the country. It’s because the number of income tax return filers is consistently lower than what is required. Low taxpayer compliance is a matter of serious concern for the government as tax-GDP ratio remained less than 10pc during the last decade. The income tax returns …

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Pak-Afghan Relations

Pak-Afghan Relations

Cooperation, not hostility, is the way forward While things seem to be stabilizing at home with the Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan and the Rangers-led targeted operation in Karachi, Pakistan’s diplomatic initiatives on its eastern and western fronts appear to have fallen by the wayside. Despite Pakistan’s readiness to make a fresh start in relations with Kabul as well as …

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Amending The Constitution

The Judgement of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on the 18th and the 21st Amendments The factum of the creation of Pakistan as an independent state derived its legality from successive constitutional instruments: the 1956, the 1962 and the 1973 Constitutions being the most conspicuous. The extant constitutional instrument is the Constitution of Pakistan 1973 that has been, to date, …

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Mullah Omar’s Death & The Afghan Peace Process

Quo Vadis, Afghanistan? Only days prior to second round of Pakistan-brokered peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, confirmed the death of Mullah Omar. After some vacillation over the issue, Taliban also admitted the death of their reclusive leader. In view of the reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar and the resulting …

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Rethinking the War on ‘IS’

Rethinking The War On Islamic State

As much of the Middle East sinks deeper into division between competing political camps, the terror outfit, Daesh, continues its unhindered march toward a twisted version of a Muslim caliphate. Thousands have lost their lives, some in the most torturous ways. Violence meted out by IS or Daesh is hardly an anomaly, considering that the group was spawned in a …

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A New Balance of Power in the Middle East

A New Balance of Power in the Middle East

On July 14, a historic nuclear agreement between Iran and P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States; plus Germany) was reached in Vienna, Austria. This deal has raised many questions as to what will be its implications for Obama’s regional strategy, Iran’s own foreign policy orientation, the response from regional partners, the global non-proliferation regime, and …

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Israel as a Historic Mistake

Israel as a Historic Mistake

The original sin of Israel’s birth has scarred it for life and it remains incapable of finding an identity that would meet basic democratic norms. Its neighbourhood in West Asia has had no option but to accept its truculent presence. All international law has to be rewritten, if necessary, to ensure Israel’s state of exceptional nationhood. The United States’ nuclear …

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