May 022009

Following is the chart of rupee exchange rates against US dollar. It is interesting to see that between 2001 and 2007, the exchange rate remained almost the same but with the start of rise in oil prices and lawyers movement in Pakistan, the rupee totally collapsed.   In my personnel opinion, the major contributory factor in [...]

Apr 162014

By Muhammad Javed A lot is being said about a cash gift of USD 1.5 billion believed to be from Saudi Arabia. There should had in fact been no eye brows raised on it but different statements viz initially denial about any such amount and then labeling it a gift to Nawaz Sharif, for the Pakistan [...]

Apr 132014

By Shehzad Chaudhry Most of the employment of the army in anti-terror operations continues under the rubric of general authorisation of force in support of the civilian government but lacks exceptional powers through newer legislation. That has denuded it of the needed legal cover for such operations. The US seeks a Bilateral Security Agreement for [...]

Apr 112014

By Shahzad Chaudhry When the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Bill was finally submitted in the US Congress in 2009 for approval, it contained two clauses that especially irked the Pakistani military. One dealt with the promotion to two-star rank and beyond within the military that the bill envisaged needed approval by Pakistan’s civilian government if American aid was [...]

Apr 082014
Pak-Bahrain Bilateral Relations: New Security Paradigm

Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan Most recently the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa visited Pakistan after 40 years. The King of Bahrain was accompanied by a high level delegation comprising heads of legislatures, ministers, senior officials and business leaders. During his stay in Pakistan the King met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President [...]

Apr 072014
Technology: Impacts, Challenges and the Future

Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), UAE organized its 19th Annual Conference titled Technology: Impacts, Challenges and the Future on March 18-19 2014. It was staged under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of [...]

Apr 052014
Samsung will add anti-theft features to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO: Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday. The world’s largest mobile-phone maker said users will be able to activate for free its “Find My Mobile” and “Reactivation Lock” anti-theft features to protect the soon-to-be-released [...]

Apr 012014
I am not a traitor, says Musharraf

“I am not a traitor,” said former president retired General Pervez Musharraf in his defence once the Special Court had indicted him on charges related to imposition of emergency in the country on Nov 3, 2007. When Justice Tahira Safdar of the Balochistan High Court read out the first charge against Musharraf, the former president [...]

Mar 272014

BY ALI SUKHANVER  Sometimes memories prove a gigantic hurdle in our way to progress particularly when they are nightmare-like bitterly unpleasant and horribly painful; but for a brighter future and a successful present, it is always advisable to get rid of all such pinching memories. But unfortunately there are some people who love to remain [...]

Mar 242014
Nowruz: Dancing Between Cultures

Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan Nowruz means “New Day”, is widely referred to as the Persian New Year. Every year millions of people worldwide celebrate the arrival of spring with the festive Nowruz Holiday. Its celebration period varies from country to country and from region to region i.e. from March 20/21. It lasts for thirteen days [...]