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While the promises of the civilian authority have been a disappointment, a statement by the COAS during his visit to Gilgit on the subject offered a ray of hope, when he indicated that construction of a Gilgit-Skardu road was in the offing, that plans for the development of adjoining areas with China were a part of CPEC and that the Xinjiang provincial government had been tasked to work on this. Since the people of the region have a strong bond with and trust in the army, the words of the COAS were a source of assurance to the people of GB for they believe that the promises of the army chief will translate into action.

 
 

On October 11, the Government of Pakistan took another step to undermine free speech. By placing one of the country’s leading journalists on the Exit Control List (ECL) it exposed its offhand treatment of a constitutional guarantee. A guarantee provided to the press to speak without fear, write without a trembling hand and to inform without sanction.

 

We decide to make the Orange Train, but we cannot provide clean drinking water. We can decide to implicate the military but not the high-profile criminals cum politicians who had looted this country. We could be in the state of isolation internationally. However, that primarily emanates from our decision to keep the country unstable because of poor governance.

 

Imran Khan ready to bowl. Whiff of expectation in the air. Head lunging forward, piercing gaze, body curved in a magnificent arch, like a Tiger on the prowl. Approaches the wicket, launches into a spectacular leap, body taut and air borne.

 

The government finds itself battling on three fronts. Civil-military relations are said to be at their lowest ebb in years, a main opposition party is gearing itself to lay siege to the capital, and inter-provincial tensions over the distribution of federal resources and CPEC projects are escalating.

 
Lt General (retd) Tariq Khan, the man who led the Frontier Corps to victory against the Taliban in the battle of Bajur in 2009, has proposed a three-step formula for successfully tackling the menace of terrorism: 1) Judicial reforms; 2) Depoliticisation of the police force and; 3) Putting the maulvi back into the mosque.  
 
We need to accept the fact that language and culture affect one’s thinking process. In a democratic milieu, people should be free to think and process in whatever language they feel comfortable with. However, taking advantage and forcing an ideology based on language and under the counterpane playing dirty games in order to dismantle the same community is an act of stabbing in the back. Urdu is the national language of Pakistan. We don’t need newspeak. Let’s strengthen oldspeak.  
 

It is obvious that the right to freedom of expression is the most crucial of the four basic freedoms under attack because freedoms of information, assembly and association are means for citizens to record their concerns, voice their aspirations and offer solutions to national problems, including alternatives to official policies.

It is obvious that the right to freedom of expression is the most crucial of the four basic freedoms under attack because freedoms of information, assembly and association are means for citizens to record their concerns, voice their aspirations and offer solutions to national problems, including alternatives to official policies.

 

Bilawal tries to emulate his grandfather in his public speeches without understanding the context of the politics of that period. The world has changed over the past four decades and the party needs to evolve to remain politically relevant.

 

The very rich and very poor have one thing in common — the rich will do anything to protect their wealth and the poor will do anything for a meal. Does terrorism factor in their quest for a meal?

 


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