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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a Lahore-based journalist.
Fascism was a system of government that flourished in Europe in times between two World Wars, and has since been appearing and reappearing in several parts of the world. The current rise of Narendra Modi, a staunch Hindu nationalist in India, is the latest version of fascism which was applied by Adolf Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy and Franco in Spain.
Fascism is right-wing political philosophy which opposes egalitarianism and is based on conservatism, authoritarianism and powerful nationalism in which a dictator becomes the central …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a freelance columnist based in Islamabad.
The role of diplomacy resembles gathering intelligence and not only helps in decision-making but also projects the soft power of a state. The dominant feature of international relations has always been war that is fought and can be prevented using diplomatic channels. The real art of diplomacy is to achieve objectives and policy goals without going to war that is perhaps the essence of diplomacy. This practice has been called as war by Robert Green in his book “The 33 Strategies of …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a freelance columnist and former newspaper editor
Despite the moments when things have appeared to approach something resembling normalcy, for example as an apparently relaxed Narendra Modi dropped in as a surprise visitor to the wedding of Nawaz Sharif’s grand daughter at Jati Umra, or Sharif attended his inauguration in 2014, the Modi years have proved tough for Pakistan.
With firing continuing across the Line of Control and border villages in the Neelam Valley stricken with fear as inhabitants flee in poorly reported episodes of mayhem caused by aggression, …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a member of staff.
IN a way, a lot of it has been predictable. Nawaz got into trouble because he likes fancy homes and thinks business is politics.
Imran — he hacks away the way he does because he wants power and disdains systems. Insurgents usually need to practise guerrilla politics.
Civ-mil has been rocky because it really is a zero-sum game — the civilians want to get on top, but the boys can’t let them.
India is a familiar flashpoint — the civilians want to open up to trade and …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

If you have not heard words like terrific, great, exceptional, amazing and “will love to visit” about Pakistan and its people in a long time, that is understandable. But all these and other equally nice things were expressed by PEOTUS (President-Elect of the United States) who was completely bowled over by the phone call from PMIRP (Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan) the other day.
The two reportedly got along superbly – as two business tycoons turned successful politicians should. Imagine the hilarious conversation the two of them would …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad.
1984-2004: The Sundarji Doctrine – named after General Krishnaswamy Sundarji – comprised a total of seven ‘holding corps’ (or defensive corps) and three ‘strike corps’ or offensive corps). The ‘holding corps’ were placed close to the Pakistani border while the ‘strike corps’ were based in central India.
The ‘strike corps’ – I Corps (Mathura), II Corps (Ambala) and XXI Corps (Bhopal) – were made up of mechanised infantry and artillery. For the record, the strike corps were tasked to “penetrate deep into Pakistani territory” …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

So much for the outside chance of a sit-down on the sideline of the Heart of Asia. Surely nobody at the prime minister’s secretariat, or the foreign office for that matter, really believed the Indians would be taken over enough by Sartaj’s flight to Amritsar to agree to start talking again. If anything, Sartaj’s fear – that India will use the summit on Afghanistan to badmouth Pakistan all over again – will most likely come true. So precious little, if anything at all, is likely to come out of this …

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[2 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

LAHORE: Pakistan has stopped importing tomato from India as there is enough local production to meet domestic demand, Federal Secretary National Food Security and Research Muhammad Abid Javed said on Thursday.
Speaking to office-bearers of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he said special attention was being given to the halal food sector as it has the ability to give a quantum jump to national exports.
He said the Rice Research Institute has recently introduced two new varieties that would help enhance rice exports. He said there was a high demand …

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[2 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: The government didn’t issue any notification to ban cotton imports from India, a commerce minister said on Thursday.
“While we restricted import to 500,000 cotton bales through Wagah border there is no such restriction on Karachi port,” Khurram Dastgir Khan, minister for commerce told senate standing committee on textile industry.
Senator Mohsin Aziz, chairman of the committee said a huge quantity of raw cotton had been stopped at the Karachi port. Minister Khan said the bilateral trade relationship has not soured despite diplomatic tension between Pakistan and India.
Aziz said the government …

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[2 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: The government hasn’t changed trade regime with India despite strains in the relationship between the two countries, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir told Senate Standing Committee on Textile Industry on Thursday.
He was speaking in response to the issue raised by chairman of the committee Senator Mohsin Aziz that a huge quantity of raw cotton has been stopped at the Karachi port. The minister said the government has not issued any notification in this regard.
However, Mr Dastgir said the government has put restriction of importing 500,000 cotton bales in a year …