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February 2011

HIGHLIGHTS 2010

NATIONAL January 19 The Supreme Court releases the detailed judgment on petitions against the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). 21  Overcoming conservative opposition for years, the National Assembly unanimously passed a landmark bill to punish harassment of women at workplaces, though last-minute amendments extended the protection also to men as an apparent compromise. 23    The second Chinese-built F-22P frigate commissioned in Shanghai …

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The Success Story of Cancun COP-16

At Cancun the process of international negotiations to tackle the challenge of climate change was brought back on track. It salvaged the talks between developed and developing countries from total failure. The Conference started with low expectations and it delivered more than expected. Although, the harder questions like future of Kyoto Protocol, Term of Reference for the Adaptation Committee, mechanism …

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WORLD IN FOCUS December 2010 – January 2011

Current Pakistan National Affairs Agreement reached on Tapi gas pipeline: The leaders of Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Turkmenistan agreed on December 11 to move forward with a complicated and risky plan to build a natural gas pipeline across rugged territory plagued by war and terrorism.     The pipeline, which would terminate in India, would bring huge amounts of gas …

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Hadd, Qisas and Tazir

Being Muslim, it is obligatory for us to accept wholeheartedly all the tenets/laws of Islam. Islam has ordained three kinds of punishments namely Hadd, Qisas and Tazir for different offences and crimes subject to fulfillment of certain prerequisites. Hadd is an Arabic word which literally means limit and its plural is Hudood. According to Islamic law, Hadd means those punishments …

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Blasphemy in Islam

Blasphemy in Islam is any irreverent behaviour towards holy personages, religious artifacts, customs, and beliefs. Islam and Blasphemy Blasphemy in Islam is any irreverent behaviour towards holy personages, religious artifacts, customs, and beliefs. Blasphemers Islamic legal authorities agree that a blasphemer can be Muslim or non-Muslim. To be convicted of blasphemy, an individual must be an adult, of sound mind, …

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“Virtues of humbleness and compassion are key to success”

Please share with us your educational background. I belong to village Ranian of District Gujrat. I did my matric and FSc from Gujrat. Then I passed B.A in 2005 from Government College University, Lahore. Later I completed LLB from Punjab University Law College. Presently, I am doing LLM from University of the Punjab. I am also teaching Constitutional and International …

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Nouns with appropriate prepositions

Here are some nouns prepositions for all competitive exams, specially for the CSS and PMS. The aim of these prepositions is to know the exact usage of preposition with the specific used-words. Usually, the candidates use the wrong prepositions while writing the essays, paragraphs or answering the meanings of the difficult words. Absent from:    Qaiser was absent from the college. …

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Good education is the best panacea for Balochistan

I would urge all the provincial governments especially Government of the Punjab and the Federal government that they should invest in the education sector of Balochistan because it is the most neglected sector. Please tell us about your educational background and why did you choose this profession?    Well, I did my masters in Islamic Studies and B.Ed in the …

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Education for all: Still a far cry

Education is vital for Pakistan’s progress but we have made it as an instrument for going up the social ladder. At the time of independence, Pakistan had poor educated system and a few schools, colleges and only one university, the University of the Punjab, Lahore. Initially, our entire system of education was state-run. Now education is taken care of both …

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A truly independent foreign policy especially for small and medium sized powers is not possible

Pakistan is the only hope for the people living in this country. Why are we unable to have an independent foreign policy? In the world of diplomacy, professionals recognise that a truly independent foreign policy especially for small and medium sized powers is not possible. There are two reasons: first, because of the limited capabilities of the state and second, …

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