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Pakistan on path of democracy

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI The world powers that matter continue to  acclaim the election of Senator Asif Zardari a the new President of Pakistan turning a new leaf of hope and expectation after almost a adecade of dictatorship. The US which solidly supported former President for …

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The Taliban’s Resurgence

WTP EXCLUSIVE The Taliban (“Students of Islamic Knowledge Movement”) ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001. They came to power during Afghanistan’s long civil war. Although they managed to hold 90% of the country’s territory, their policies—including their treatment of women and support of terrorists—ostracized them …

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\’If I was Asif Zardari\’

By Dr Ghayur Ayub The other evening whilst sitting in front of the television, feeling tired, I closed my eyes and the political uncertainty in Pakistan started going through my mind. I must have dosed off to sleep at one point as I dreamt sitting …

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Parachinar is burning

By Dr Ghayur Ayub Sarwan Ali-an honest man, is a retired Lance Naik from the village Malana in the outskirt of Parachinar and has been living with his wife in a single room. Not any more. Now, he is fighting for his life in Agency …

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US, ISI-PPP Saga?

BY GUL AYAZ The United States (US) scathing criticism on Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) over alleged links with Taliban and the knee jerk reaction of the only 127 day old PPP government has opened a new Pandora-box for Pakistan, which is already passing through a very …

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War on terror vs. war in terror

War on terror vs. war in terror ANALYSIS BY SARDAR KHAN ISLAMABAD, Jul31:The war on terror after 9\11 is converted to war in terror in the troubled region across the Durand Line. The current talibanisation in Pakistani areas,anti-state activities of Balochistan Liberation Movement(BLA) in Balochistan, …

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3 Cs of Bush-Choose cooperation or conflict

BY IQBAL HADI ZAIDI On Sunday 20th July, 2008 all newspapers whether in  Kuwait or back home Pakistan have very prominently flashed the news in bold red that USA has asked Iran to decide as to what suits it best-to cooperate with USA or pick …

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Can the Taliban be defeated?

BY AYAZ AMIR Go down the list of the leading clowns purporting to run the country’s affairs and ask this question again. Does anyone in his right mind think that a dispensation led by Asif Ali Zardari and including friend Rehman Malik, Governor Salmaan Taseer …

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New energy order

BY HUMBERTO MUQUEZ BY bringing together the world major oil producers and consumers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia marked a turning point in the negotiations for a new global energy order that is emerging under the weight of soaring oil prices, which are driven by factors …

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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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