Hostage to cartoonish obsessions

REMEMBER that old comic called Spy vs Spy that Mad magazine used to run? The contest between Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif is increasingly beginning to look like that to me. Just when one of them is down, something happens to shift the tide.

The one thing that defined the characters in the cartoon was . . . → Read More: Hostage to cartoonish obsessions

Afghanistan is lucky to have a neighbor like Pakistan

By Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi

Former Afghan Intelligence Chief Amrullah Saleh wrote an opinion piece for Aljazeera in which he placed all blame for Afghan misery on Pakistan. He seems to be devoid of Afghan history and tradition. He forgot that Afghan’s don’t get tired telling the world that it is a graveyard of Empires. . . . → Read More: Afghanistan is lucky to have a neighbor like Pakistan

The damned dam

Reports warn that by the year 2025, Pakistan may face a serious water crisis; the World Resources Institute also ranked Pakistan among the 36 most water-stressed countries in the world in December 2013. The renewable water resources in Pakistan decreased from 2,961 cubic metres per capita in 2000 to 1,420 cubic metres in 2005, according . . . → Read More: The damned dam

How Germany and Canada handle their federal states

Pakistan, Germany, Canada and America have certain similarities in their federalism but every society has its own problems and traditions.  The spirit of federalism is fresh in Pakistan which needs debates among politicians to harmonise the system.

These were the views of speakers at a seminar on International Experiences of Federalism at the National Institute . . . → Read More: How Germany and Canada handle their federal states

Russia’s MI 35 Military choppers to be inducted by next summer

Islamabad and Moscow expect that the crucial arms deal on MI 35 military choppers would be matured by the next summer in case the things get ‘unfolded as per plan,’ following different stages involving the agreement, it is learnt.

“At least a few months are needed before the Russian choppers actually land here,” credible . . . → Read More: Russia’s MI 35 Military choppers to be inducted by next summer

Defeat of another super power in Afghanistan

In the 19th century, Great Game was played between Russia and Great Britain in the regions of Central Asia and Afghanistan. Durand Line was demarcated in 1893 during Abdur Rahman’s rule and Afghanistan was created as a second buffer State between the two competing powers. Afghanistan was ruled by King M. Zahir Shah from 1933 . . . → Read More: Defeat of another super power in Afghanistan

Pakistan, China – Shared goals and objectives

By Sakib Sherani

The prime minister’s recent visit to China yielded a rich harvest of agreements and contracts between the two sides. The bulk of these agreements centred on ‘investment’ by Chinese companies in energy projects in Pakistan. Not surprisingly, the government’s PR team went into overdrive extolling how the agreements would be a “game-changer” . . . → Read More: Pakistan, China – Shared goals and objectives

The need for a compromise between the HEC and critical thinking

Why does one go to a university? This is a question very few of us ask ourselves even though all of us should.

Is it to guarantee employment, because global trends increasingly show that no amount of education offers up such airtight assurances, especially in Pakistan, where more and more students find themselves jobless.

Is . . . → Read More: The need for a compromise between the HEC and critical thinking

Does anyone know the real Bin Laden story?

RT, one of my favorite news sources, has fallen for a fake story put out by the Pentagon to support the fantasy story that a SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, who died a second time in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a decade after his first death from illness and disease.

This fake story together with the . . . → Read More: Does anyone know the real Bin Laden story?

Politics after the world wide web

The author has often wondered like most Pakistanis if our leadership is in fact that or the mockery of one. This of course, is not without reason and comes days after the price of petroleum has been slashed by Rs 9.43. While it is amusing to watch the government and the PTI to engage in . . . → Read More: Politics after the world wide web