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April 2011

Energy crisis: Hydropower projects – causes and solutions

This situation in particular has raised alarm because of the planned Chutak and Nimoo-Bazgo Dams on River Indus by India. The headlines in the local dailies of February 28, 2011, state that the government wakes up to India’s hydel projects built or being build on rivers entering Pakistan from Indian-held Kashmir, strangling Pakistan’s lifeline. Unfortunately this wake-up call is restricted …

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Failed State

The concept of publishing this report is to develop ideas for promoting greater stability worldwide, to encourage debate and help guide strategies for sustainable security. Failed state index The Foreign Policy magazine and Fund For Peace (US) publish the failed state index every year. From 2005 onwards, six reports have been published. The report uses 12 indicators in social, economic …

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Governance crisis and Pakistan

The crisis of governance in Pakistan is extensive and it is almost in a state of collapse. It is imperative to appoint people of integrity to head all government institutions to run the state affairs in a transparent manner. Since the emergence of Pakistan, the issue of good governance is the main cause of concern. Before the creation of Pakistan, …

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ZAB: Peoples are real masters

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto struggled to make Pakistan a great country of the world. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was true leader of people of Pakistan. The people always remained the central and social point of his politics and internal, external policies. He was given the title of Quaid-i-Awan for his love with the people. He is remembered as a martyr of people …

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The Iranian Revolution

An overview of Iranian revolution Between 1953 and 1963 much poverty remained among the Iranian people, and the gap between the rich and poor grew. There was talk of the oligarchy of one thousand families. One of the great landowners was the Shah (king), Muhammad Reza Pahlavi. Another was the Shia clerical establishment, which had acquired land through religious endowments. …

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Egypt at a glance

Mubarak was ousted after 18 days of demonstrations during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Capital:Cairo Ethnic groups:99 per cent Egyptians, 0.9 per cent Nubians, 0.1 per cent Greeks Establishment:Independence from the United Kingdom on February 28, 1922   –Became republic on June 18, 1953 Area:1,002,450 km2 Population:September 2010 estimate 79,089,650 Long ago, this Nile valley cradled and nourished one of the oldest …

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Pakistan Turkey relations

Pakistani Turkish relations are foreign relations between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Republic of Turkey. One Nation Two States is the phrase that best describes the relations between Turkey and Pakistan. The people of both countries have brotherly relations which date back to centuries. Moreover, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called Pakistan his second home. Both …

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Unless we have a system of check and balance, this institution cannot be reformed.

Mr. Khalid Sultan joined Pakistan civil services in 1980. He was an army officer and still believes that of any institution of this country Army takes the cake in structural and procedural discipline. He came to the civil services from the 10 per cent quota reserved for the army. He has no qualms about his appointments though many around him …

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The invisible hand

In the wake of Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder, the best thing we can do for this country’s embattled non-Muslim peoples is to highlight how we remain hostage even now to the ideology of national security It is telling that there has not been nearly as much of an uproar amongst the chattering classes about Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder as there was two …

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