November 13, 2008

PERISCOPE: The name is Bond, Resurgent Bond —Mahmud Sipra

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The other day, I asked Sanjay Siroya, a prominent gold and diamond powerhouse here in Dubai, how much gold he thought was in private hands in Pakistan. His reply stunned me

Now we all know that the halcyon days of mucho denairo or, as the Brits are prone to say, ‘loadsofmoney’ are over. Things are bad. Just how bad, the US Treasury Secretary won’t tell you, nor will the ‘Advisor to the Prime Minister’ on such matters. But a man named Hal Turner will.Read More »PERISCOPE: The name is Bond, Resurgent Bond —Mahmud Sipra

A tale of two cities Part II- Ahmad Rafay Alam

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To paint another picture, there are nine Food Inspectors in Lahore. These are the people that ensure the food Lahoris eat is hygienic. For this important task, there should be 70 food inspectors. Because of the lack of enforcement of food regulations, our hospitals are full of patients with typhoid, cholera and diarrhoea (Pakistan is the second-highest in South Asia for number of child diarrhoea cases). Read More »A tale of two cities Part II- Ahmad Rafay Alam

Concept of national security Part I- Ikram Sehgal

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In his Politics among Nations, Hans Morgenthau defined national security as “the integrity of the national territory and its institutions.” Till recently, national security meant a state’s freedom from another state. This definition envisages national security problems arising with countries that are close and/or powerful enough for their actions to threaten the security of the given state.
Read More »Concept of national security Part I- Ikram Sehgal

ISLAMABAD: Nisar’s ballistic speech and the invisible conspiracy curve

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By Mohammad Malick

It is bad enough being a reporter for it turns you into a cynic and an incorrigible snoop who tries finding the hidden curve even in a straight drawn line. It gets even worse when that reporter turns into a columnist and gets the opportunity to add his views and opinions to an otherwise straight story. And, in case, you are wondering why I have presented this long winding prelude, the answer is simple; I have been trying to find that hidden curve in what was otherwise a straight blistering and blasting speech delivered by the parliamentary opposition leader, Ch Nisar of the PML-N. Read More »ISLAMABAD: Nisar’s ballistic speech and the invisible conspiracy curve