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Youth and violence

By Faris Kasim Peace in the near future is becoming less and less unlikely. To summarise the current state of affairs, two provinces of Pakistan are virtually in a state of war, terrorist outfits are causing havoc in cities, sectarian and religious violence is on …

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Finding an alternative vision

By Ali Eteraz It is by now very clear that in the fight against terrorists and militants, Pakistan under Prime Minister Gilani and the US under the Bush administration have two completely different approaches. This is evident just by looking at the kind of vocabulary …

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Kashmir turmoil and the Amarnath crisis

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI Faced with a crisis following the withdrawal of the People’s Democratic Party from the Congress-led ruling coalition, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned without going through the vote of confidence he had tabled.

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The coalition partners

BY DR GHAYUR AYUB For a long time, PML was the only major party at a national level. It was bruised now and again by splinter groups but never faced a serious threat from another party. Then in the late 1960s, PPP surfaced and instead …

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Disaster management and local authorities

By Sarwar Bari What has happened to local governments since new political actors formed their governments in the centre and in the provinces? Nobody knows enough to make an informed judgment. Those who are directly suffering don’t speak out. Those who should investigate are blind. …

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Osama — trekking near K-2!

Rahimullah Yusufzai Speculation about the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden is getting wild and bizarre. This is certainly due to the fact that nobody knows about his hiding place. All one can do in such a situation is speculate and this is what sections of …

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Co-operation for international development, peace stressed

An International Conference on security and sustainable development in Central Asia and “Peace and stability in Afghanistan” were held in Tashkent on Apr 29 to 30. The conference was organized by Regional Policy Foundation and the Center for Policy Studies (Uzbekistan), along with the OSCE …

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On trimming the defence and civilian budgets

Brig (r) Sher Khan “What a society gets in its armed services is exactly what it asks for, no more, no less. What it asks for tends to be a reflection of what it is. When a country looks at its armed forces it is …

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The Army, Allah, and America

Shuja Nawaz Although the Muslim way of life was a motive behind the call for the creation of Pakistan, its early political leadership did not provide an Islamic blueprint for its political development or goals. In fact, the movement for Pakistan was not an Islamic …

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Risks in peace agreements in NWFP and FATA

Khalid Aziz Many controversies have arisen about finalisation of peace agreements between the government and the militants. They are being perceived as a panacea for ending insurgency on the one hand while on the other they are termed as sell-outs. Tribal areas have a long …

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