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Pakistan

Uncharted territory

PERHAPS for the first time since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Pakistani options in global diplomatic ties are not completely polarised. A shake up of world power, a smattering of new conflict zones and a reshuffling of world leaders has presented a completely new picture for Pakistan to contemplate. On Thursday, the Russian defence minister arrived in Islamabad to discuss a more comprehensive bilateral defence partnership. This comes at the back of the recent Russian deputy foreign minister visit...

Pakistani held with Tk 1.17cr foreign currency

Pakistani held with Tk 1.17cr foreign currency

Customs officials today held a Pakistani national and seized Tk 1.17 core worth foreign currency from him at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. The Pakistani national, Muhammad Selim, 36, was carrying Indian Rupees concealed inside his luggage after landing at the airport in a Pakistan flight. The Pakistani national was caught when he was...

Spirit of Liberation War

Spirit of Liberation War

Recently a debate has cropped up over the finer points of the question what the spirit of liberation war really means. But I hope that no one would contest some very basic points. The most fundamental point would be 'liberation' or the right of any nation or people to self-determination as recognized by...

Bangladesh in semis of SAFF Women’s Championship

Bangladesh in semis of SAFF Women’s Championship

Bangladesh reached the semi-final of the 3rd SAFF Women’s Championship 2014, by defeating Maldives 3-0 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Bangladeshi women will play against Nepal in the semi-final on November 19. Earlier, two times champion India defeated Afghanistan 12-0 to reach the semis where they will meet Sri Lanka on November 19. The 2014 SAFF Women’s Championship...

Pakistanis flee into beleaguered Afghanistan

Pakistanis flee into beleaguered Afghanistan

Through three decades of war, waves of Afghans have fled their homes along the eastern border areas, many of them seeking shelter in the Pakistani tribal regions next door. Last summer another wave of refugees surged through the area. But in a reversal, it is Pakistanis, not Afghans, who are fleeing war at home,...

'Major milestone' in polio battle

'Major milestone' in polio battle

  A "major milestone" in the battle to eliminate polio globally has been reached, the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) has said. Its experts think a second of the three forms of poliovirus has been eliminated after mass vaccination campaigns. Wild poliovirus type 3 has not been detected for more than two years. Type 2...

Dreams from Sixteenth December and realities

Dreams from Sixteenth December and realities

December 16 in 1971 could not have come sooner for the residents of Dhaka who were holed up in the city for two straight weeks going through night curfews in the beginning, and then for the last forty eight hours non-stop curfews.  The threats came from random apprehension of innocent civilians by Pakistani...

Doors open for separatists: BJP spokesperson

Doors open for separatists: BJP spokesperson

BJP today appealed to the separatists in Jammu and Kashmir to join the political mainstream and approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi instead of knocking at the doors of Pakistani PM. "Instead of approaching Pakistani Prime Minister or Pakistan High Commissioner, it is better to join (political) mainstream. Come to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, the...

Female patient gang raped in Pak hospital

Female patient gang raped in Pak hospital

A female patient was allegedly gang raped at a hospital in Pakistan’s Burewala by staffers on Wednesday night, Dawn reports. According to media reports, the victim reached at the hospital to visit a doctor and was asked to wait as no doctor was available at the time. Later, she was injected with intoxicating drugs before...

Pakistan: Ill-served by 'strong leaders'

PEW Research Poll (2013) found that Pakistanis prefer (66%-75%) “strong leaders,” a euphemism for military rule/dictatorship, over democracy. To them, military is the only institution that works in Pakistan. Yet, Pak military lost every war against India, failed to snatch an inch of Kashmir, and lost “East Pakistan.” If success is measured by failures, sure Pak military is a success! “Strong leaders” have ill-served Pakistan. Field Marshall Muhammad Ayub Khan's ten-year (1958-69) dictatorship resulted in the break-up of Pakistan. General...

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