Opinion

Pakistan government admits secret “censorship arrangement” with Facebook

By Simon Davies   A senior Pakistan government official has told the High Court of Lahore that Facebook has entered into a covert working relationship with national authorities to censor online content. The admission was made earlier this month during a hearing of public interest claims brought by Bytes for All Pakistan (B4A) against the government’s policy of widespread online ...

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Sharifs in China

By  Lal Khan At the start of the talks during his recent visit to China, Pakistan’s premier Nawaz Sharif told the Chinese prime minister, Li Keqiang, what has become a traditional cliché with the Pakistani diplomatic policy, “Let me tell you very candidly and very sincerely that what I am witnessing here on my visit to Beijing, it reminds me ...

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Win-Win Solution For Balochistan

By Ishrat Saleem Stephen R Covey, the author of the highly acclaimed The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, was once invited by President Bill Clinton to Camp David. President Clinton had read his book twice and wanted Covey’s counsel on how to integrate the concepts presented therein into his presidency. The Seven Habits proposes ...

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Good news, bad news

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur Passengers are relaxed in a cruising airliner all dreaming of their cherished destination and the pleasurable environment they would be in when suddenly the captain’s anxious voice breaks the calm. He says, “Ladies and gentlemen due to unavoidable circumstances a change of plans has been necessitated and we have been diverted to an uninhabited island. However, ...

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Mandela; Godfather Of Neo-Apartheid South Africa

By Thomas C. Mountain As Nelson Mandela lays on his death bed his legacy as the godfather of neo-Apartheid South Africa has been firmly established. Today in South Africa life for many if not most is nearly as precarious and undignified as when Mandela was first inaugurated as President some 20 years ago. So the best way to describe “modern” ...

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The barbarity of perpetrators’ justice

By Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur It was a cool night of November 7, 2010. Faiz Mohammad Mazarani Marri’s torture-inflicted wounds were being nursed at his house in Metroville, Karachi (Gulshan) by his old parents. He had returned home three weeks earlier after having been in the custody of the intelligence agencies. That night a posse of Sindh Rangers, police and ...

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“The innocent victims of Lyari”

By Shezad Baloch Armed with automatic weapons, rocket launchers and hand grenades, criminals patrol the streets in plain view, using their weapons with complete impunity.  On Friday night alone there were at least 18 explosions, which I heard. Armed men took positions on rooftops and street corners. This is not Syria or the Gaza Strip.  This is Lyari, one of ...

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Gwadar Port: Tale of neglect

By Urooj Raza Pakistan’s Port of Gwadar, 267 Miles West of Karachi and 43.5 Miles East of Pakistan-Iran border, bears a great strategic value vis-à-vis the Straits of Hormuz, the life line of energy to the outside world. On average, around 36000 ships transit through Pakistan’s area of sea interest annually. The average trade of the country hovers around 38 ...

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Another fallacy of B.N.P-Mengal

By Qasim Baloch  Balochistan National Party’s subsequent decisions to determine its future political pattern halted with the final decision that they would be part of parliament and would carry on politics to defend the rights of Balochistan. BNP’s dual political attitude has always been criticized and reviled. It has never been obvious regarding the mode of politics. Sometimes it considers ...

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Sorrows of Balochistan

By Ghazi Salahuddin We were in Quetta when gunmen killed 10 foreign trekkers at the base camp of Nanga Parbat. But we had little time to watch the details unfold on news channels. Our minds were set on other acts of terror and there was some work to do to try to understand their meaning and implications. However, the news of ...

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