Monday, 26 June 2017

Opinion

How Pakistan became world-beaters

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 18:  Pakistan lift the ICC Champions Trophy after beating India during ICC Champions Trophy Final between India and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Weren’t Pakistan in meltdown only 2 weeks ago? Yes, they were. As the differences in places go, they were in hell and now they are residing in a sporting Jannah (heaven). It’s been well documented how this team struggled to qualify for the Champions Trophy, were ranked No 8 – ...

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A healthier planet

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World Oceans Day and World Environment Day fall within a few days of each other on 5 and 8 June respectively. Designated as special days by the United Nations, the two are intrinsically linked. Addressing the importance of both should be at the forefront of all our minds if we ...

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The Bombing at a Manchester Concert

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The pink balloons, floating above the maelstrom of panicked concertgoers, are what struck me first. Images of innocence, bumping along above hordes of shrieking children, many of whom refused to release their balloons even as they fled the arena. Do you remember your first pop concert? That first time you ...

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Macron’s triumph in France, focus turns to challenges ahead

Emmanuel Macron won a resounding victory in the French presidential election but the focus shifted immediately on Monday to whether he can govern the country without the support of a traditional party. At 39, the pro-European Union (EU) former investment banker will become France’s youngest-ever president when he is inaugurated ...

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International Labour Day 2017

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Many people have today begun questioning if the left-right political axis really exists and is a useful political divide in practical politics, notably where ‘left’ means socialist, even communist, and ‘right’ means conservative and capitalist, even ultra-conservative with fascist resemblance. I believe it is useful to consider these issues in ...

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Why I’m an optimist this Earth Day

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DESPITE all the reasons for concern and condemnation that I could dwell on, I’m an optimist this Earth Day. I’m an optimist because of the lesson I learned on the first Earth Day 47 years ago when I was one of 20 million Americans who took to the streets to ...

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The future of Pakistan-UK trade

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This year the UK and Pakistan celebrate 70 years of friendship between our two countries. Whilst reflecting on the deep and enduring partnership that we have forged, it’s also an opportunity to look ahead to our shared future. The UK and Pakistan are firm friends: trade is an important part ...

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US Mediation In Kashmir

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks to the crowd after being sworn in for her second term as governor, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at the state Capitol in Columbia, S.C.  (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

While addressing a news conference in New York, Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, talked about the possibility of the US mediating between India and Pakistan. “It’s absolutely right that this administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see ...

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Calibration needed to reinstate India-Pakistan ties

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SEVERAL political analysts have suggested that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) emphatic triumph in India’s largest populated state, Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) may pave the way for revival of engagement between India and Pakistan. It is being speculated that PM Modi may even meet with his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, ...

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60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

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SIXTY years ago in Rome, on the 25th of March, were laid the foundations of Europe as we know it today, marking the beginning of the longest period of peace our continent has ever known. In 1957, the Treaty of Rome initiated an unprecedented process of regional integration by establishing ...

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