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Report on Safety and Security of Pakistan’s Nuclear Program

1.1  Introduction A. The threat of nuclear terrorism, especially after 9/11, and past nuclear disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima Nuclear Plant, has profoundly changed the discourse of global regime for nuclear safety and security. After Fukushima power plant disaster, the world leaders sensed the urgency to discuss safety and security of nuclear weapons. In this regards, the second Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in 2012 was held in Seoul. With the participation from more than 53 heads of state and different international organizations, the agenda of summit was set to discuss three main issues. This include (1) Cooperative measures to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism, (2) Protection of Nuclear material and related facilities and (3) Prevention of Illicit trafficking of nuclear materials.[i] The basic purpose of arranging this summit was to give … Read entire article »

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Pakistan Calling

Pakistan Calling

The RSA and www.thesamosa.co.uk launched Pakistan Calling www.thersa.org/pkcalling a film project to challenge perceptions of today’s Pakistan and to promote constructive cross-cultural dialogue between Britain and Pakistan. The films depict Pakistani civil society organisations, social entrepreneurs and individuals who are attempting to tackle the country’s many pressing social problems.  Show your support by watching the films. You can read reviews of Pakistan Calling’s on the BBC, New Statesman  and Sluggerotoole. Pakistan Calling is a team effort by British Pakistanis, universities in Pakistan … Read entire article »

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Uzbekistan: A Traveller’s Diary

Uzbekistan: A Traveller’s Diary

By Amir Abbas Turi A splendid call from ‘The Diplomatic Insight’ that I had made it for a five-day cultural tour to Uzbekistan, was really something extremely fabulous which beggars description. However, I will try to give shape of words to the marvelous feelings I had had. ‘Evacuate the plane immediately,’ was the call from an air hostess upon reaching to Tashkent as I was gone in the world of imaginations – during the flight. The first panorama … Read entire article »

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This is no time for bickering

by Ahmer Muzammil It’s a trite cliché that Pakistan is at crossroads, primarily because we as a nation have been at one crossroad or another for a while now. baqaul dilawar figar: halaat-e-hazra ko kai saal hogaey. There should be no doubt however that what we face today is an existential crisis. My impression is that although there seems to be difference of opinion on course of action but the recognition that we are facing a very real problem, which requires a solution soon, is across the board. I am convinced that Imran khan and PTI are wrong on facts and therefore their narrative is flawed, to put it mildly, but there is no need to humiliate them on editorial pages. I am troubled with the constant bashing of Imran and PTI from … Read entire article »

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The Partition debate

by Saad Hafiz The intense debate over the Partition of India in 1947 continues six decades later. Some commentators have described the partition as neither inherently desirable nor necessary feasible but tragically inevitable. They attribute this to the Congress and Muslim League’s incompatible visions for India, which led to deadlock in talks forcing the British to impose a solution. Others suggest that the partition was a crude and unthinking form of gerrymandering with tragic consequences leading to a permanent poisoning of Hindu-Muslim relations. They dismiss it as a socio-religious experiment, a failure of leadership that the worst possible alternative was chosen. Messrs Gandhi, Jinnah, Nehru and Mountbatten, the main players in the partition saga have been praised or vilified as strong-willed visionaries or mediocre statesmen. It has been suggested that they … Read entire article »

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Whither Neutrality? (I)

Whither Neutrality? (I)

“To be honest, I am scared of facing Television cameras and appearing on Television. There are three reasons for my fear. First of all, it’s my personality. I am not camera friendly from any angle, my facial features are very ordinary, my voice is not guttural or strong or graceful. My voice is not extra-ordinary. My face has the apprehension and shyness, usually associated with farmers from the rural areas. The second reason of my fear is … Read entire article »

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Tackling Terrorism

by Obaidullah Khan The prospect of tackling terrorism and dealing with terrorists are two separate issues. On the latter our leadership is obscuring the matter, thus delaying the immediate actions. If the terrorists are not controlled, this could result in grave consequences. But if this object is somehow achieved (which is in fact not possible without an iron fist), even then, the eradication of terrorism still needs some other drastic measures. Otherwise it can resurface with more deadly consequences. This situation can be compared with the efforts of those who were advised to draw a certain amount of water from the well in which a dog was drowned. But they only drew water, not the dead dog. No doubt facing the terrorists and defeating them is the matter at hand but addressing … Read entire article »

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Goodbye My Friend

Goodbye My Friend

by Abdul Quayyum Khan kundi I met Israr(Israr ullah Gandapur) for the first time, three years ago in Peshawar in a face to face private meeting. I wanted to know his thoughts about future political plans. I sent an sms to Chairman(Imran Khan) after the meeting. Chairman responded to continue engaging with him. I kept talking to Israr until his last days. My last message to him was eid greetings yesterday morning. He was an honest … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Elections, FATA, Law, Pakistan, Peshawar, Religion

Freedom of Hatred

by Syed Foaad Hassan   The day former Punjab governor Salaman Taseer was assasinated by self-confessed murderer Mumtaz Qadri,this action was praised by a majority of Pakistanis. Even eduacted lawyers in courts and bars  welcomed the assasin with flowers, while no one dared condemning this act publicly, except some people from the liberal intelligensia. The judge who passed judgment against Qadri had to move abroad eventually. Similarly, no one condemned the brutal murder of Shahbaz Bhatti and it was a nightmare for liberals, creative artists, advertisers and human rights activists based in Pakistan. Pakistan is moving again towards being a theocratic State as was witnessed during Zia’s regime.When Federal ministers and Governors are not free to speak and cannot practice their freedom of speech then who will dare to speak with freedom and … Read entire article »

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Silencing Malala Yousafzai and the Brown Man’s Honor Complex

Silencing Malala Yousafzai and the Brown Man’s Honor Complex

By Meriam Sabih     “I want to give my message to Pakhtoons, to educate their sons and daughters. Not just school, work on them so they treat every human being well…Teach them tolerance. Teach them how to tolerate the ideas of others and how to live in coexistence with others.”– Malala Yousafzai … Read entire article »

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Minorities in Pakistan: More Focus Required

Minorities in Pakistan: More Focus Required

A courageous TV show was conducted last night by Beenish Saleem and Raza Rumi, on Capital TV, discussing the plight of Pakistan’s forgotten minorities. The show can be seen in its enitirety at the following link: (http://bit.ly/19gebVP). Rabia Mehmood and Shahzad Raza, journalists with extensive on-field experience in covering Minority issues in Paksitan were invited as guests. This kind of shows are a rarity in Pakistani media which usually revolves around its own cacophony. Godspeed to these … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogroll, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, History, Jinnah, Law, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pakistan, Partition, Religion, secular Pakistan, USA

This My Dear is Pakistan

This My Dear is Pakistan

Raza Habib Raja I was recently tagged to an article (written in Urdu) by the famous mainstream journalist Mr. Orya Maqbool Jan. The article was basically his take on the “Malala Controversy”. I must give credit to Mr. Maqbool Jan for so “brilliantly” shifting the entire blame to the West away from TTP who had actually shot the girl. The article was argued in way that it was bound to evoke anger in any person with … Read entire article »

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Water-sharing between India and Pakistan in context of IWT and history

Water-sharing between India and Pakistan in context of IWT and history

(Originally published in Urdu on Dawn Urdu) If you read Urdu Newspapers regularly, you must have seen screaming headlines such as “India is Stealing Our Water!”, “India should stop building Dams on our rivers”, “India should abide by Indus Water Treaty” or “The Issue of Water is a National Security Issue”. This brouhaha is usually raised by Right-wing newspapers and Anti-India groups such Jamat ut Daawa(JuD). A seminar or rally to highlight this issue is organized … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conservation, Economy, Environment, History, India, Islamabad, Lahore, Lashkar e Taiba, Media, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, south asia, Urdu

The real jihad

Saad Hafiz The prevailing largely negative view of Islam in the non-Muslim world is reinforced by the attacks on soft civilian targets like shopping malls and churches. As a result, the world is becoming increasingly familiar with Salafi militants and Deobandi extremists who have instigated terrible acts of terror and violence as part of a jihad or ‘holy war’. Their aggressive acts can hardly be explained away as armed resistance that early Muslims were permitted to engage in but only under certain stringent conditions. They contribute to the growing perception that Islam is in some singular way linked to terrorist violence primarily directed at the other faiths. Even standard intellectual perspectives are tagging Islam as having a predilection for violence. According to this view, Islam is defined as intrinsically violent and … Read entire article »

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Lovers, Haters and the Nobel Prize

Lovers, Haters and the Nobel Prize

Raza Habib Raja Sometimes I find it strange how completely innocents can find themselves embroiled  in needless controversy. The omnipotent presence of electronic media and increasing role of social media, amplifies the controversy and moreover often makes the individuals ( who are at the center of controversy) into polarizing figures. A sixteen year old girl, Malala, previously unknown but now globally famous is one such individual who despite her youth and innocence has become embroiled in a … Read entire article »

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