Tag Archives: PAST PAPERS

At the Boiling Point With Israel

If the aim of the Israeli government is to prevent a peace deal with the Palestinians, now or in the future, it’s close to realizing that goal. Last week, it approved the construction of a new Jewish settlement in the West Bank, another step in the steady march under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to build on land needed to create …

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In Syria, tangled web of alliances adds to mess

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The Syrian civil war, and the intense new ground battle in the divided city of Aleppo, is often seen as a contest between a chaotic array of rebel groups and the Russian-backed government of President Bashar al-Assad. But the reality is that Mr. Assad’s side is increasingly just as fragmented as its opponents, a panoply of forces …

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US-India nuclear nexus and regional security

Over the past several days, media headlines in Pakistan have been dominated by the Prime Minister’s UN speech focusing on Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and the growing India-Pakistan tensions following the attack on the Indian military camp in Uri for which, in a knee-jerk reaction, India has predictably blamed Pakistan without any reliable evidence. But an equally important development …

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Laws against rape and `honour` killing

HERE is a welcome change in attitudes to gender-based violence in Pakistan, but progress remains uneven and cautious for the most part. On Thursday, a joint sitting of both houses of parliament enacted two important, long-pending pieces of legislation, including the Anti-Honour Killing Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill) 2015 and Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill) 2015. The first stipulates that an …

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Syria’s Destruction By Vicious Western Media

By Peter Koenig “Five million Syrian people have already been forced to leave their country. Now they are being scattered all over the Middle East: throughout Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Turkey. Some have even gone as far as Europe, Canada and Chile. How much more can one country endure? And how can the rest of the world just stand …

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6 October 2016, National & International Affairs


National Oct 06: The Supreme Court directed for the formation of a judicial commission to conduct an investigation into the Aug 8 Quetta bombing. Oct 06: The Anti-Honour Killing Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill) 2015 and the Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill) 2015 were passed by the parliament. Anti-Honour Killing Laws The law directs judges to sentence someone accused of an …

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How to Ameliorate CSS Exam


Renowned British statesman Sir Winston Churchill once said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” His words, indubitably, hold true to everything and to every field of life as improvement is a phenomenon that should never stop. A change happened in Pakistan when in April 2015, the Federal Public Service Commission took the radical step …

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The Growing Indo-Afghan Alliance, India’s Sandwiching Policy toward Pakistan


The paramount geostrategic significance of the strife-torn Afghanistan lies in its offering a gateway to Central Asia, the Middle East, and South Asia. And, this very fact explains the voraciousness of various regional actors to hold sway over Afghanistan. The country is often termed as the “Graveyard of Empires” owing to its long history of successful resistance to external incursions. …

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