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February 2012

In Conversation with Sardar Mavarhan Khan, PSP, 39th Common

Be Clear about your Goal with High Morale Jahangir’s world times (JWT): Please tell us about your-self, educational background and achievements in detail. Sardar Mavarhan khan (SMK): Well, I belong to district Kkhanewal; I am a simple person who believes in egalitarianism, equity and altruism. I took my primary and secondary education from Kkhanewal and I did my masters in …

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Test Your Vocabulary II

Here is a very familiar vocabulary test. It is the first question in the CSS comprehension paper. Directions: In each of the following sentences one word has been italicised. Under each sentence four alternative words, marked a-d, are given. Select from these alternatives, the word which conveys more or less same meaning as the italicised word in the sentence. Answers …

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Institutional Confrontation in Pakistan

The only way out of this confronting situation prevailing among the institutions of the Country is that there should be rule of law and all the institutions should obey the Constitution. This demands maturity from all actors involved in this crisis and the supreme responsibility is that of government, as much depends on its performance. A smooth relation among the …

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Peace Talks with TTP: Challenges and Opportunities I

It is high times for Pakistan to capitalise the situation and chalk-out an objective plan to bring the splinters to mainstream society by offering them incentives and jobs after a thorough process of de-radicalisation. After fighting an unwinnable and unpopular war in Afghanistan, the United States has finally come to the conclusion that the only military solution of the Afghan …

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COSTS OF WAR ON TERROR IN PAKISTAN

This article explores the psychological, social, political and economic costs of war on terror waged by Pakistan on behalf of US. Since terrorist acts are goal-oriented and based on reason, they can’t be eradicated merely by military means. In view of this challenging reality this article evokes a human security compatible fight against terrorism. Rational choice theory is a framework …

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Stability in Afghanistan: Beyond the Bonn Conference I

A critical analysis of what Bonn Conference decided and how the decisions could be implemented in future course of developments inside Afghanistan as well as in the region. The Bonn Conference, chaired by Afghanistan, hosted by Germany and attended by 85 countries and 15 international organizations, on the December renewed the mutual commitment to a stable, democratic and prosperous future …

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Will Obama Strategy Succeed?

The success of the American strategy would depend upon the regional support for any solution to be sustainable and permanent. The US needs to align the regional countries for an Afghan solution which is possible due to engagement with these countries. Other key factors include the ability of the Afghan government to improve its governance and building up capacity of …

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The New Great Game and Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

Outline Introduction Need of oil and gas Concept of regionalism Importance for Muslim countries Background Breakdown of the Soviet Union Caspian region Monopoly of the OPEC US’s  interests in the Region Oil dependency Countering influence of China Application for SCO membership Chinese Interests Enormous need for oil Xinjiang under the threat of terrorism Pakistan’s  Interests Need of oil and gas …

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