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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif have reiterated the need for what ought to be the only sensible approach of the outside world to Pakistan and Afghanistan.


Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that a US decision to wean off funds to Pakistan will be counter-productive. The statement comes in the backdrop of the recent review of the US policy on South Asia, and is a reflection of the increasingly confident posture Pakistan has been adopting in its relations with the US.


Not the most mild-mannered or most-liked politician; Khawaja Asif has certainly been among the controversies during the current Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) term.


In the violence against civilians in the country, the repeated targeting of Hazaras in Balochistan stands out as a particularly grim failure of the state.


IT is shocking and must not be allowed to become law. The Pakistan Print Media Regulatory Authority Ordinance, a draft of which has become public, is a sinister law that regards the press and the public’s right to information as threats to the state.


Necessary and desirable, a reset of foreign policy is possible — if the government approaches the issue sensibly, cooperatively and with a genuine intent to effect change.


In these politically vulnerable climates, where Pakistan has been targeted by international criticism for harbouring terrorist organizations, the inclusion and confidence of controversial and radically religious parties in the NA-120 elections is a worrisome sign.



Jyoti Malhotra writing in Pakistani daily The News in 2016 told us how the Shah Bano case in India in 1985 had highlighted the plight of a Muslim wife given “three talaqs” and driven out of her home by her husband.


Pakistan’s civvies have yet again found themselves playing second fiddle. To the men in khaki. Our Foreign minister had pulled out all the stops to rebuild the trust with Afghanistan. Going as far as picking up the phone to Kabul to assure it of Pakistani support in all things bilateral.



In recent times, we are observing an increasing trend of militants that hail not from war zones or the troubled tribal regions, but from the middle class of our society.


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