Posts From Z Khalid

2nd World Internet Conference And China’s Vision For The Future

From 16-18 December, the Cyberspace Administration of China in partnership with the provincial government in Zhejiang are jointly hosting the 2nd World Internet Conference in the eastern city of Wuzhen. More than 2000 attendees from over 120 countries are participating in the conference, almost half of them foreign guests. These include government officials, international organizations, Internet companies, academics, experts, think tanks and students from local and international institutes. President Xi

An Overview Of Pakistan’s Telecommunications Policy 2015

On December 11, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) under headship of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar approved the 60-pager Telecommunications Policy 2015 that was floated by the Ministry of IT & Telecom (MoITT) in consultant with Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA). This report stands out not just because of its clarity but also because it is one of the most comprehensive policy documents which will directly affect future investments in Pakistan’s bustling

Sci-Fi: Pakistan, The Desolate Utopia – Episode 3

Continued from Episode 2 ___________________________________________________ It was sweltering hot inside. The suffocating environment broke his slumber. The mosque and everything around him was molten, like melted steel. The outside was bright red and he noticed he was standing on what appeared to be a floor of coal. *boom* Once again, he woke up gasping. “I can’t even dream of a better place than this”. For a moment, he thought his

Pak-India Ties: Is There A Light At The End Of The Tunnel?

The recent meeting between NSAs and Foreign Secretaries of nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India in Bangkok caught everyone by surprise. The timing of the meeting, which witnessed participation by other senior officials from both sides, is especially noteworthy. Less than a day after the meeting, it was announced that Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would be participating in the ‘Heart of Asia’ conference along with a delegation, beginning December

Dr Mohammad Taqi’s Tasteless Publicity Stunt

Dr Mohammad Taqi MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Florida. Concurrently, he is also a certified Family Practice and Internal Medicine specialist at the Shands Live Oak hospital in the same state. But this is one side of his professional profile. In Pakistan, he is somewhat known across the elite intelligentsia as a vocal Daily Times columnist holding very liberal views on domestic affairs and

Shiv Sena Wants To Expel Aamir Khan To Mars

India’s most peaceful Hindu spiritual organization Shiv Sena wants renowned Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan expelled to the red planet, in a move fully supported by India’s Brahmin establishment. Reportedly, Uddhav Thackeray, the Paksh Pramukh (Chief) of the party, summoned a meeting of like-minded Hindu spiritual organizations at an undisclosed location in Maharashtra three days ago. The discussions revolved around Aamir Khan’s defiant insistence that Indian society was gradually becoming severely

Why Did BlackBerry Give Full Access To Indian Intelligence Agencies?

I came across this rather distasteful announcement by Mr Marty Beard, Chief Operating Officer at BlackBerry Limited, which was published on November 30. The gist of his post is that BlackBerry is leaving the Pakistani market by the end of this year (allegedly) because of repeated government requests to allow interception into its enterprise servers. For those of you unfamiliar with the history, the product was launched by the erstwhile

Sci-Fi: Pakistan, The Desolate Utopia – Episode 2

Continued from Episode 1 ___________________________________________________ What used to be Saddar Market was now a compound filled with broken tiles, shattered glass and poisonous weeds. He noticed sand dunes just a few metres ahead; all he could see on the horizon was the vast expanse of desert. And then, as if caught by surprise, he trembled. “What was that!” he thought to himself. His heart was beating faster and faster. He

Diary Of A Social Media Mujahid

Disclaimer: The following is a satire piece written by the author to inject some food-for-thought among the readers. Pakistan Insider does not in any way endorse or agree with its content. Dear Diary, After managing to sleep unevenly for 4-5 hours, I decided to wake up once again and go back to duty. It has been a rough couple of days and I haven’t been able to rest properly. The

The Polish Godfather Of Pakistan’s Space And Missile Programs

Did you know that 46 airforce veterans of World War II from Poland contributed to Pakistan’s aerial defence? One exceptional Polish officer’s profile is presented here for your information. Władysław Józef Marian Turowicz (Władysław Turowicz) was a renowned aeronautical engineer and military scientist. He was born to Polish parents in Zubir, Siberia, in 1908. Education Turowicz was fascinated by aviation technology since childhood. He had a large collection of aircraft