Opinion

Arab Countries’ Silence on Jammu & Kashmir Speaks Volumes

Since its independence in 1947, the State of Pakistan has enjoyed a special status in the Muslim world for its pronounced creation in the name of Islam. Muslim residents of Arab countries including Iran, Turkey, occupied Palestine and erstwhile USSR member states were always behind Pakistanis when it came to proper democratic functioning, an efficient bureaucratic/state machine and robust armed forces. In fact, almost a decade before Pakistan came into

Indian Aggression against Jammu & Kashmir – 5 Measures to Ensure a Credible Pakistani Response

The abrupt yet expected revocation of Article 370/ 35-A by the BJP government in India has generated fissures in the South Asian stability equilibrium. To the great dismay of New Delhi, the response from Pakistan has been assertive but not reactive in the manner it desperately desires. Government officials, lawmakers and civil society members have unanimously rejected India’s hegemonic action and vowed to uphold their moral, legal and diplomatic support

Modi Sarkar’s Suicidal Strategy in Jammu-Kashmir Weakens South Asian Stability

The recent wave of uncertainty and intimidation in Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government should not come as a surprise. The deployment of thousands of troops, house arrest of prominent Kashmiri politicians and abrupt area-wise shutdown of Internet services may suggest preparations for war. Perhaps more so when viewed in the context of field testing the concept of Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) for swift proactive offensive

Pakistan’s Standing in the Upcoming SAARCLAW Conferences

Pakistan is preparing to host the 12th SAARC Chief Justices Conference and the 15th SAARCLAW Conference on September 14th and 15th, respectively. The former will be presided by Chief Justice of Pakistan, the Honourable Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, himself a founding member of SAARCLAW. The fact that this apex forum of SAARC has agreed to let Islamabad host its dignitaries, including as-of-yet willingness by an Indian representative to participate,

Spanish woman explains her fascinating tale of visiting Pakistan

Clara Arrighi, a Spanish woman recently visited Pakistan even though she did not want to. Her views before and after visiting the country had a 360 degree change. Before visiting Pakistan, she stated in her Facebook post: “When I was told I was going to Pakistan I started to think about all the reasons not to go, how to convince my office not to send me. I did not want

Vendors use Civil Aviation Authority documents to sell fries

Key documents of Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are being used by local vendors to sell fries and bread. Apparently, it appears as if CAA has decided to sell off its classified documents to street hawkers. The idea should have been to dispose the papers in a suitable and safe manner. Several vendors and kiosks in and around the airport region in Karachi are found to sell fries, breads and

Your Guide to a Fab Pakistani Summer

If the temperature is any indication, summer is upon us. If you are feeling a little lost after all those Iftar parties and Eid festivities, and do not know what to do with your life anymore, you have come to the right place. Behold: a list of things to do to make your summer feel less redundant and more productive. Watch something No, not a masala flick at the cinema

Indian car exports alone is four times the size of Pakistan’s total car production

With massive influx of imported cars, dumping of second hand cars and lower safety standards in the country, Pakistan’s total car production numbers have proven to be embarrassing recently. The statistics released by Pakistan’s Automotive Manufacturers Association (PAMA) reveal that country’s total car production, when compared with the same statistics of India highlight that car exports alone in India are more than four times the size of total cars produced

Edhi: The Man Who Keeps on Giving

Think of the words “Philanthropy” and “Social work”, and the first agents of change to come to mind are NGOs, smiling photo ops and foreign aid. Yet it was these very things that Abdul Sattar Edhi shunned in the pursuit of his humanitarian service to mankind. Edhi lamented the money wasted in paper pushing and air conditioning high rise offices of NGOs, shied away from glitzy events and publicity, and

Forget literacy, education is need of the time

There was chaos in the air. Shrill voices and displeasing exchange of words were tearing through my ear drum, before I could make my way to reach Masjid Al Haram’s women section after performing ablution in an underground washing area. I witnessed a roving herd of savages in the middle of the holy city of Makkah, I was almost in a state of unspeakable awe at the sight of my