Thaw In US, Pakistan Relations Could Lead To a Slam-Dunk For All

IRSHAD SALIM (Jun 9, 2018) — Three phone calls Thursday from U.S. to Islamabad and Rawalpindi have jump-started a significant development toward thawing of icy relations between the two countries. The most significant call — six months after President Trump’s early morning New Year caustic tweet against Pakistan — was from Washington by  Vice President […]

Austria Will Expel 60 Imams And Shut 7 Mosques; Is This Just The Beginning?

The far-right government in Vienna claims it’s due to “national security” concerns. JUN 9, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB)– Central Europe’s German-speaking country Austria plans to shut seven mosques and expel five dozen imams in what it said was “just the beginning” of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups that Turkey condemned as […]

Pakistan, Afghanistan Impact On China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

MUHAMMAD HANIF — THE Durand Line is an established international border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, based on the agreement, which had been signed between Amir Abdur Rahman Khan, the then ruler of Afghanistan, and Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, the then Foreign Secretary of the British India Government, on 12 November 1893. However, since the partition […]

Eight Things I learned About Palestine While Touring Eight Western Nations

RAMZY BAROUD — On February 20, 2018, I embarked on a global book tour that has, thus far, taken me to eight nations. The main theme of all my talks in various cultural, academic and media platforms was the pressing need to refocus the discussion on Palestine on the struggle, aspirations and history of the […]

ECP’s Remarks On ‘International Conspiracy’ to ‘Sabotage’ Upcoming Elections

In 2013, militant and other violence marred the run-up to the election and significantly affected the campaigns of secular, liberal parties on the left May 30, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Former Senate chairman Raza Rabbani has written letters to key constitutional functionaries suggesting that the Election Commission of Pakistan secretary should be summoned to the Committee […]

Land Mafia Bosses: Will NAB Expand Its Net?

Will NAB now expand its net to also include the powerful individuals who control the racket, or will it confine its actions to the lower tiers only? FOR the land mafia in Sindh, whose tentacles reach all the way up to the highest echelons of power, this is unfamiliar territory — a reckoning of sorts, […]

Corruption Doesn’t Matter: It’s The Numbers Game in Pakistan Politics

IRFAN HUSAIN — The other day as I was flipping channels, I came across an interesting two-part interview with Dr Ijaz Gilani, founder and chairman of Gallup Pakistan. I was so fascinated by the facts and figures he discussed that I watched the program online the next day so I could take notes. Relying on […]

Islam and the West: British Royalty’s Inclusiveness

The West and Islam are not two separate entities. Islam has done much to shape Western civilization and given Europe and the world the fabulous example of the era of Convivencia AKBAR AHMED — I was fortunate to be in England during the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. I watched on television with […]

Editorial: Nawaz Should Ask For The Nation’s Forgiveness For His Past Mistakes

THE latest allegations are unsurprising and have been made by others before, but the bluntness and detail with which they have now been spelled out are remarkable and potentially dangerous. Former prime minister and under-trial PML-N supremo, Nawaz Sharif, has once again set the cat among the pigeons by claiming that his quest to put […]

Violence in Kashmir: Impact on Students and Their Education

SHEHRYAR ALI – Kashmir has been the epicenter of conflict between India and Pakistan since the lines of partition were drawn in 1947. Historically, there have been four wars between the two nations; in 1947-48, 1965, 1971, and in 1999. The most recent of these saw over 30,000 soldiers and civilians being killed. Besides these […]

Can The Neo-Dalit Movement Eradicate Emerging Fascism In India?

The vast poor majority remains oppressed to the emerging fascist forces. They are brutalized by the caste system, the ‘culture of impunity’ and the hydra-headed tortures. I show how the Neo-Dalit Movement needs to emerge and eradicate the age-old problem, following the Mandela model. LENIN RAGHUVANSHI – India is one of the world’s oldest living […]

Need For Local Expertise, Skills Development To Maximize CPEC

HASAAN KHAWAR: Over the last few months, I have been asked one question repeatedly at multiple forums. What kind of skills should Pakistan invest in to prepare its workforce for CPEC-related projects? While I have not come across any detailed research on the subject, although based on available information it is possible to draw some […]

A Letter From An American To 17-Year-Old Pakistani Sabika Sheikh

“…a Pakistani student gunned down at school — by an American terrorist. In America…the lens through which Americans view Pakistan has been inverted…”   Dear Sabika, It’s been several days since the school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, where you, a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student, were among the 10 victims. Since then, […]

Who Could Possibly Be The Caretaker Prime Minister Until Elections 2018 Are Held

IRSHAD SALIM (May 22, 2018) — The 5-year term of the present PML-N government comes to an end on May 31, after which the caretaker set-up will be put in place to hold elections which are expected to be held in the last week of July. The formation of a caretaker setup will be preceded […]

PML-N Manifesto Scorecard: Myth Versus Reality

IRSHAD SALIM (May 19, 2018) — The ruling party PML-N’s election manifesto publicly announced in 2013 for the center and the provinces — mainly Punjab, its electoral stronghold — reveal not a very promising food on the table for the entire nation. Sharifs’ party ruled at the center during the last five years (2013-2018) and […]

VIDEO: This Person Says “WE NEED ONE NARRATIVE” on All Major Issues

IRSHAD SALIM (May 16, 2018) — On May 3rd, I attended the World Freedom Day event organized by Karachi Media Club — its president Mubasher Mir and General Secretary Manzar Naqvi says it’s a media think-tank focused on Karachi as its ground zero and the whole country in its outreach program. However, with outer contours […]

Democracy As A Behavior Rather Than Politics Only

“The one who are more marginalized were presenting themselves more explicitly and the one who were not facing any identity threat were least participating.” MARIAM HASSAN NAQVI — In the midst of woods where two weathers were colliding to conquer the heat of summers, over the coldness of January but at the end winters won […]

Gaza: Avoiding a Greater Blood Bath (NYT Video)

Jason Cone is the executive director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. JASON CONE — The exit wounds are fist-size. Bone is pulverized into dust. This is the reality for half of the injured patients received in my organization’s clinics since the launch of the Great Return March in Gaza. Over the past month, the […]

Why Political Parties Silence and Defiance in Times of Crisis Eat Away at Their Legitimacy

ARIFA NOOR — MIAN Nawaz Sharif’s recent remarks have created another storm in the country. While the government has now been forced to react, the PML-N remained relatively quiet until the day after they were reported. But this silence is not surprising; parties in Pakistan tend to remain inactive when hit by a crisis. There […]

The Other Side of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

“Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty will surely be at stake if it defaults on its debt payments” MOONIS AHMAR — While speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th Judicial Conference organized by the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan in Islamabad, the Chief Justice of Pakistan suggested that, “there must be a consensus among all the […]