Opinion

Young Pakistanis & Media: A Tale of Psychological Slavery

The cause of Pakistan’s long term sufferance at the hands of ignorant media persons is long debated and analysed. There is absolutely no doubt that the very reason Pakistanis have been subjugated for so long is, other Pakistanis. The thing that is unfortunately yet to be realised is when people turn against their own country under the influence of some twisted attention seeking tactics, they break the very system that

Scrutiny Of Statement By Mr Sartaj Aziz On Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

On December 21, Mr Sartaj Aziz, the octogenarian Adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs, issued a detailed statement before the Senate of Pakistan on ‘Foreign Policy of Pakistan: Achievements and Challenges’. Mr Aziz highlighted the difficult challenges Pakistan has faced as a member of the world community while also mentioning what he said were the current government’s ‘achievements’ on this crucial domain. Before I embark

Is India Dragging Asia Into A Nuclear Armageddon?

The race for nuclear technology in South Asia began as early as 1944 when Dr Homi Jehangir Bhabha (known as the father of India’s nuclear program) founded the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) devoted to nuclear studies. Efforts by Bhabha and his associates were gaining attention of statesmen such as Jawaharlal Nehru, founder of an otherwise dialogue-centric Nehruvian school of thought which prioritizes talks over military might. On June

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) – Wide Ranging Implications

This is a guest post by Hassaan Bhagat The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is a US Federal law which was introduced as a part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act in 2010 to increase tax transparency/revenues. The regulation requires all Financial Institutions (FI) (banks, funds, brokers, custodians, asset managers, insurers, etc,) outside of the US to search their records for any listed US persons and report their

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

Syrian Refugees In The U.S.A. Questions Answers

It’s been a couple of weeks since the Paris Attacks, and much of the world is struggling to find new homes for thousands upon thousands of Syrian refugees that have suddenly found themselves without a comforting place to live. Countries like Turkey and Germany have accepted hundreds of thousands of refugees, yet the United States have only agreed to take in a very small percentage of the nearly 4 million

The Worth of Failure and Rejection

This is a guest post by Haider Ahmed As humans, we can never be safe from facing failures and rejections in life. It is inevitable. But most of the time, people just stay quiet and give up after their failures. They consider it as an end, instead of a beginning. They forget that cement gets mixed in water but eventually ends up as concrete on which water can float but

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