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May 2011

Challenges Faced by Pakistan in 21st Century

Unfortunately, the sapling of democracy in Pakistan has not taken its roots. Pakistan suffers from a number of social, political, and economic problems. With a population roughly half that of the United States in an area slightly less than the size of two California’s, Pakistan is experiencing unwanted growth. While projections indicate that the population growth rate of Pakistan may …

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Averting Water Wars in South Asia

It is becoming manifest that India is expanding the envelope of its allowable usage over the Jhelum and Chenab waters, sanctioned by the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) to severely impinge upon Pakistan’s water share, which is gross violation of the underlying spirit of the Treaty. A thought provoking report; Avoiding Water Wars: Water Scarcity and Central Asia’s Growing Importance for …

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Role Of Media in National Development Through the 21st Century

The importance of media as institutional pillars of society and State is unmatched by any other pillar. Consequently, the independence of media needs to be made so secure and authentic that independent media became as sustainable as an independent judiciary. The factors that will impact upon national development through the 21st century include geo-political, economic, technological, social and cultural conditions …

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The US and the Middle East Since 1945

A Guide to Mideast Policy from Harry Truman to Barack Obama The first time a Western power got soaked in the politics of oil in the Middle East was toward the end of 1914, when British soldiers landed at Basra, in southern Iraq, to protect oil supplies from neighbouring Persia. At the time the US had little interest in Middle …

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CIA-ISI love affair

Apparently, the ISI has the upper hand over the CIA, though a heavy cost might incur by that move. Historically the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has always worked as credible agency for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The subservient relation of ISI with CIA has immensely damaged the reputation of Pak army and Pakistani government. The imposition of US policies in Pakistan …

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The Stubborn Colonel

Some people may argue that the Western military intervention is aimed at grabbing Libya’s vast oil and gas reserves, but Qaddafi’s stubborn refusal to step down has also facilitated the West in making this intervention possible. Having an area of 1,757,000 square kilometres and population of 6,173,579, Libya is North Africa’s largest oil producing country, having a society with strong …

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Japan’s Nuclear Woes

The Japanese government has ordered all nuclear facilities to upgrade their safety procedures (CNN) and is reviewing whether to remove a safety agency from the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry because it may be too cozy with the nuclear industry. Two weeks following Japan’s March 11 earthquake, at least four of the six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant …

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Fresh Start in Pak-UK Relations

Cameron’s visit helps normalise their bilateral relations and lesson the heat between them. If the two countries want to move ahead, they should make a fresh start in their relationship. British Prime Minister David Cameron made his maiden visit to Pakistan in April after assuming office. His visit was one of relatively rare trips to Pakistan by Western heads of …

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Islamic Banking & Finance is a Cure to all Financial Woes

He is applauded for his expertise in Islamic banking & finance world over. Professor Humayon Dar is an Islamic economist, futurist, writer, shariah advisor, academic, philosopher and a transformational thinker, specializing in Islamic banking & finance. Educated at Cambridge University and having been associated with a number of universities and academic institutions in the West. He is applauded for his …

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