Thursday, 18 October 2018

Opinion

Imran Khan’s victory and Indo-Pak relations

Imran Khan’s victory in the recently concluded General Elections went as per preordained script. The arrest of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter in a money laundering case practically sealed the deal. The Supreme Court has debarred him from contesting elections for life, virtually putting an end to the political career ...

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela. The man and legacy live on even in death. And as the world this week celebrates what would have been his centennial birthday — there are those who continue to battle against the West’s whitewashing of its Cold War treatment of the father of the South African nation. ...

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Will India and Pakistan Learn from the Historic Korea Summit?

Kim Jong-un became the first North Korean leader to set foot in South Korea when he crossed the Military Demarcation Line, which separates the two Koreas, to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Peace House. The Peace House, a three-storey building constructed in 1989 in the truce village ...

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The Mashal Khan verdict

Nearly 10 months after Mashal Khan was lynched to death by a mob in Mardan on the false pretext of blasphemy, a verdict handed down by an Anti-Terrorist Court in Haripur gave a death sentence to one of the accused, life sentences to four others and four-year prison sentences to ...

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PM Theresa May’s first official visit to China

Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s first official visit to China has affirmed that both countries will seek stronger partnership in free trade and in tackling global challenges, sending a vital message of upholding openness and unity in a fractured world. May’s three-day trip, which ends on Friday, came at a ...

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President Oprah Winfrey: the pros and cons

The prospect of an Oprah Winfrey presidential run in 2020 took a giant step forward this week when she gave an electrifying Golden Globe Awards speech that left many hailing her as the antidote to President Trump. “Is America going insane or coming to its senses?” The Washington Post asks. The actor, ...

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How Not to Engage With Pakistan

President Trump’s decision last week to suspend almost all security aid to Pakistan, which quickly followed his accusation that Pakistan had “given us nothing but lies and deceit,” suggests that his administration is carrying out the hard-line approach that the president foreshadowed in August. Last Thursday, the State Department confirmed ...

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Cutting Off Pakistan, U.S. Takes Gamble in Complex Afghan War

Afghan officials have pleaded with three American presidents to reconsider their support for Pakistan, which was both receiving billions of dollars in American aid and harboring the leaders of a Taliban insurgency that the United States has struggled to defeat. But when President Trump suspended nearly all American security aid ...

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Our drinking culture is a national disgrace

It may astound native Brits to know that most humans around the world do not get tanked up or legless on New Year’s Eve, or Thanksgiving, or Eid or Diwali or Baisakhi (the Sikh celebration) or Hanukkah, or weddings or baby-welcoming ceremonies, or indeed on any weekend night. It really ...

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A sense of perspective brings Christmas cheer

If you were to assess the happiness of the nation based on news headlines, you’d be in for a gloomy picture. Brexit scare stories, low productivity, terrorist attacks, and continuous political upheavals have dominated the front pages this year. Looking abroad, we’ve seen natural disasters, violence, and even the threat ...

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