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In Conversation with Usman Ali Ghumman, 1st in CSS-2015

I attended mock interview sessions at the World Times Institute (WTI). The exercise was extremely helpful as it helped me identify my flaws and iron out the kinks in my strategy for the interview. Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background? Usman Ali Ghumman (UAG):  I completed my schooling from Army Public School, …

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America’s Opium War in Afghanistan

How a pink flower defeated the world’s sole superpower After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible? How could the world’s sole superpower have battled continuously for 15 years, deploying 100,000 of its finest troops, spending more than a trillion dollars on its military …

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Has the Global WAR ON TERROR Failed?

It was with awe, disbelief and shock that the world saw footage of the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001 when the planes-turned-missiles slammed into the World Trade Center towers and damaged the Pentagon. This ultimately resulted in the US declaring and waging a war on “terror” and the alleged mastermind of the attacks, Osama bin Laden, …

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IS THE WORLD ECONOMY HAVING A 2008 MOMENT?

Recently the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned the world that dangers to the world economy had risen and that a collective action is needed to boost the global economy, with volatile financial markets and low commodity prices creating fresh concerns about its health. Given these circumstances, a combination of monetary and fiscal policy and structural reforms was needed to strengthen …

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No More Causes Célèbres

Alas! We are today like motionless wooden marionettes singing opera with flapping mouths which somehow fits with the bizarre dark humour of the medieval ages. Our wooden faces do express the most dramatic of human emotions; lust, jealousy, fear, anger, greed and despair, but with a surrealist, weirdly hilarious quality. We are endlessly lost in what could pass for a …

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Exclusive Interview: Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi (Pakistan’s Foremost Political & Defence Analyst)

Pakistan should not become a party to any conflict among the Middle Eastern countries because their alliances are always temporary Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi is widely regarded as an accomplished political scientist and a defence analyst par excellence. With his insightful thoughts on Pakistan’s political structure and a keen eye on country’s foreign and defence policies, Dr Rizvi is among …

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FINE-TUNING THE CHANGE (Editorial May’16)

Trump's Afghanistan Gambit (Editorial September 2017)

In order to ensure a regular supply of fresh blood to the country’s bureaucracy — rightly called the administrative arm of the government — Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) is assigned the task of selecting the best brains from amongst the country’s youth. This is a delicate task and fulfilling it, adequately and effectively, requires high standards of professionalism on …

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70 YEARS of the United Nations | Successes, Failures and Way Forward

OUTLINE: 1) Introduction 2) The UN Peace Preserver? 3) U N Charter remains unexecuted 4) Successes: Prevention of Third World War Guaranteeing Sovereign Territorial integrity to weaker states Peacekeeping and Prosecutions of Charles Taylor and Slobodan Milosevic  Checking Nuclear Arms Proliferation  Services in Economic and Social Sector  Provision of succor and relief in times of crises  Efforts for fighting Poverty …

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TRENDS IN INTERNATIONAL ARMS TRANSFERS, 2015

Trends in International Arms Transfers

On 22nd February 2016, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) issued its Fact Sheet entitled “Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2015” which includes new information on arms transfers in 2015 and updated information for 1950-2014. This Fact Sheet highlights key trends and issues in arms transfers that are revealed by the new data. It lists the main exporters and …

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