Water Dispute: India’s Hawkish Diplomacy against Pakistan
Sajjad Shaukat

Water dispute between Indian and Pakistan cannot be seed in isolation, as it is part of India hawkish diplomacy, hegemonic and radical mindset, undermining Pakistan’s earnest efforts to normalize relations with New Delhi.

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CPEC: Muttering the rumors
Muhammad Khan

On September 19, 2018, it was an extra-ordinary high and a rare meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistani Army Chief, General Qamar Bajwa in Beijing. Chinese President especially invited General Bajwa for the meeting to discuss the security issues and challenges, facing this region in general and China-Pakistan in particular. Besides, this meeting took place after some misperceptions were caused owing to a twisted report published by The Financial Time (International Economic Magazine). The factual position is neither Pakistan has ever thought of quitting this giant project, nor sideling it for an indefinite period. Indeed, such an option would be against the national interest of Pakistan. There is no doubt that, Pakistan is facing serious financial issues with respect to its financial crisis, payment of loan and managing its own budget deficits. In this regard, the new Government under PTI has presented a Mini Budget where the tax base has been widened with increase in taxes on some of facilities and the imports in particular.

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Imran Khan’s maiden visit to GHQ and ISI
SM Hali

Prime Minister Imran Khan is a curious personality, having been a world class sportsman, a celebrity in his own rights when he won the 1992 Cricket World Cup. Coming out of retirement, captaining a team of players, who were torn with internal strife, rated as the bottom few teams, he gelled them together. After overcoming initial trouncing, he ultimately held the coveted World Cup aloft, astride the shoulders of his jubilant team mates, who ultimately gave their best and brought joy to a nation where glad tidings are few and far in between.

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The Rafale controversy
Durdana Najam

On July 20 the Modi-led National Democratic Alliance was faced with its first vote of no confidence. The occasion marked barrage of criticism against the government for overpaying for the 36 “ready-to-fly” Rafale fighter jets. The president of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi alleged that the deal involved financial irregularities that have amounted to a “scam.” Originally the deal was afoot by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance on August 28, 2007, to purchase 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF). The allocated budget was $10.2 billion. Dassault Aviation won the tender, in January 2012. The project, however, could not take off because of the Indian general elections and change of government. To stop further delays, Modi took matters into his own hands and refocused his defence team to expedite the process. The MMRCA deal was scrapped, and a new deal to buy 36 jets at the cost of 7.8 billion euro ($8.7 billion) was concluded April 10, 2015. Modi announced the new transaction in a joint press conference with then-President of France François Hollande. The cost of the new deal sparked controversy; speaking to Doordarshan on April 13, 2015, then-defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said: “Rafale is quite expensive. As you go into the upper end, the cost goes up. When you talk of 126 aircraft, it becomes a purchase of about Rs 90,000 crore.” In US dollar that figure amounted to $14.4 billion.

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Russia-Pak Media relations
Adeela Naureen

The first ever Pakistan media delegation visited Russia from 9th to 16th September 2018 to interact with their counter-parts and share experiences. The delegation comprised big media stars like Rameeza Majid Nizami, Fahd Hussain, P.J Mir, Hafiz Tariq Mehmood, Mona Alam and Atif Sajjad. Although the time was short to grasp the essentials, it became epoch making in the sense that it was first ever media delegation to visit the Russian Federation. The warmth and enthusiasm displayed by the host county was discernible and encouraging, opening new vistas of cooperation in the field of information exchange and people to people contact.

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Barkha Dutt’s exposé of the real India
Sultan M Hali

Barkha Dutt, the renowned television journalist’s “This Unquiet Land: Stories from India’s Fault Lines” is a firsthand account of “the real India”. Ms. Dutt’s bold and incisive exposé of India’s fault lines is identified from her quarter century career in television journalism. Journalists have a front row view of history; their description maybe coloured by their biases, the impact of the unfolding events or influence of the celebrities they have rubbed shoulders with. Hailing from a privileged class, Barkha Dutt is cognizant of the advantage she had, but instead of being impressed by the glitterati, glamour or impact of The Gandhis, Yadavs, Narendra Modi, the Obamas, the Clintons, Nawaz Sharif, Kejriwal and a host of other political bigwigs, mentioned in her book, she focuses on the “nobodies of India, the people who are on the outside looking in on the political tamasha (drama) in the country, with religion and caste distinctions forming the backdrop.

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Karbala: A clash of ideologies
Mohsin Raza Malik

There has been a perpetual conflict between the forces of virtue and evil since the creation of this world. The Battle of Karbala is indeed an iconic symbol of this sort of conflict. This battle was not merely a conflict between two individuals- Hussain ibn Ali (AS) and Yazid ibn Muawiya. But it was essentially a clash between two conflicting ideologies i.e. Hussainism and Yazidism. This clash of ideologies lies at the very root of what has been dubbed a “Resurrection of Islam”. Yazidism posed an existential threat to Islam. It tried to supress and subjugate the Muslim polity. So Hussainism instantly appeared to confront and counter Yazidism. It came forward to rescues Islam. It also endeavoured to prevent the Muslim polity from plunging into darkness. Noticeably, Hussainism has eventually outshined Yazidism.

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Pakistani Consulate closes in Afghanistan
Syeda Mazhar

The Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul deeply regrets undue intervention of Governor Hayatullah Hayat in the functioning of the Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Jalalabad is complete violation of the Vienna Convention of the Consular Relations 1963.”

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World in search of peace
Reema Shaukat

UNITED Nations declared September 21 as an International Day of Peace in 1981, after which every year many people, political and military observer groups and many countries devote this day to strengthen peace efforts in world. Every year UN, announces a theme for this day to reinforce the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. The year 2018 theme is “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”. This theme tends to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This declaration is considered as a milestone document in history of human rights. It was adopted by UN General Assembly in Paris on 10th of December, 1948 and is considered mandatory for all countries while setting goals. UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for peace day said that “It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.”

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Dragging Kashmiri youth body
Muhammad Khan

IT was hard to see the barbaric act, where body of a Kashmir youth tied to a military jeep and dragged in the streets in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK). Indeed, it is a blatant violation of human rights and humiliation of a dead body with no parallel in even uncivilized societies. Not Kashmiri but for any sane person, how difficult is to see, “Indian soldiers drag the bloodied, half-naked body” of a Kashmiri youth, killed by them in a fake encounter, just because he raised slogan against the Indian occupation of his motherland. In fact, every Kashmiri is against Indian occupation and desire to have their homeland freed from Indian occupation. In response to a question about dragging the body, asked by an Indian journalist, accompanying the Army team, the officer heading them told him that, this a “normal procedure”. Yes, this a normal procedure of killing Kashmir you in fake encounters, and drag their bodies into the streets of IOK, to frighten other Kashmiris, especially the youth to remain away from the demand of freedom. It is as per directive of Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, who is mastermind of this new strategy; killing the Kashmiri youth and humiliating their bodies into streets and bazars, so that others learn a lesson.

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India has betrayed
Syeda Mazhar

Notorious for blame game and defaming Pakistan, India’s keen participation in the media propaganda has been exposed in the book Betrayal of India. Recently, German author Elias Davidson in his book titled “Betrayal of India- revisisting the 26/11 Evidence” disclosed that the 2008 Mumbai attacks were preplanned and executed by India itself while the United States and Israel were also complicit in conceiving, planning, directing and executing the attacks and India directly blamed Pakistan for these attacks. Being present a deliberate and tacit consensus within mainstream media, RAW, judiciary, political elite, police and investigating agencies to cover up the true facts on 26/11,it amounted to protection of the real criminals.

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India blames Pakistan again
Syeda Mazhar

For long, has Pakistan been wrongly accused by its neighbor India along with the western nations like the United States and the United Kingdom of its involvement in terrorism in the region and beyond. Off recently Indian agencies have come up a new racket to defame Pakistan and associate with it the evils of terrorism. According to the Indian media the Indian agencies carried out counter intelligence raid at House No 39/ A-1, A-Block Lajpat Nagar in South Delhi and apprehended Zakir Pathan and subsequently Iqbal Khan Mehmand, Afghan nationals in September 2017.

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Pakistan and Turkey join hands
Syeda Mazhar

As Pakistan elected its new Prime Minister in the recently held general elections, Prime Minister Imran Khan is already causing waves in the International community. Multiple calls by different Prime Ministers from all over the world, came to congratulate him. Khan has now pulled off an exceedingly rare feat: He has achieved the highest possible level of success as both an athlete and a politician. The world is now looking forward to collaborate with Pakistan and start of a new era of peace and prosperity.

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Referendum-2020 for Khalistan
Abdul Zahoor Khan Marwat

A US-based group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has planned Referendum-2020 in support of a separate state of Khalistan, throwing the Indian establishment in panic. According to SFJ legal adviser Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, they will certainly build Khalistan.

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Pak-Bangladesh ties, India a spoiler
Muhammad Hanif

BEFORE the tragic dismemberment of Pakistan in 1971, Bangladesh (BD) was a part of Pakistan. Since the creation of BD, Pakistan has always endeavoured to maintain good relations with that country.

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