January 2009

Economic activities at Gwadar picking up

By Saleem Shahid


QUETTA, Jan 7: More than 100,000 tons of imported fertiliser, unloaded at the Gwadar port, has been dispatched to various parts of the country since the port became functional on Dec 20.

The government is importing 350,000 tons of fertiliser through the port.

“So far 150,000 tons of fertiliser has been unloaded,” official sources told Dawn on Wednesday, adding that seven ships had anchored at the port since Dec 20. Read More »Economic activities at Gwadar picking up

How sleep apnea may cause stroke

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sleepapneaA dangerous type of snoring known as sleep apnea can cause stroke by decreasing blood flow, raising blood pressure and harming the brain’s ability to modulate these changes, researchers reported.

The study may help explain why people with sleep apnea are more likely to have strokes and to die in their sleep, the team led by Vahid Mohsenin of Yale University in Connecticut said.
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US report on anti-Muslim long war tactics

Washington advised to support local Jihadis against ‘transnational’ Jihadis and Sunni rulers against Iranian govt

RAWALPINDI: The United States is currently engaged in what has been characterised as the “long war”.

A comprehensive report by the Rand Corporation, a US based institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis, has suggested some key roles through which the US can counter what it calls threats to it by engaging “long war” against its enemies without minimum involvement of its army.
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Pakistan may outsmart India in Mumbai diplomatic poker

NEW DELHI: India may be frustrated and even outwitted by Pakistan over the Mumbai attacks, after placing its faith in the support of the United States.

New Delhi has responded to the attacks on its soil with a diplomatic offensive, trusting Washington and ultimately US president-elect Barack Obama to pressure Pakistan, but with Obama and the West depending on Pakistani support for a planned troop surge in Afghanistan, there are limits to how far they can go.Read More »Pakistan may outsmart India in Mumbai diplomatic poker

In pursuit of knowledge-Dr A Q Khan

In 1961, when I went to Germany to study at the world-famous Technical University of Berlin, I missed two things very much: 1) friends with whom I could speak Urdu and 2) English books and newspapers. After a few days I found out that I could buy The Sunday Observer at the railway station. This paper was voluminous enough to keep me busy for a few days, at the same time keeping me informed of events happening around the world. I also discovered the British Council, from where I could borrow very useful and informative books. The railway station and the British Council were both hardly a 15-minute walk through the beautiful park from the hostel where I lived. Read More »In pursuit of knowledge-Dr A Q Khan

26/11 and India’s Pakistan dilemma


From a grand strategic point of view it is in India’s national interest to help Pakistan resolve its terrorism puzzle. The diplomatic aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks is being handled by the Indian government in an inept manner.

Purposefully addressing the issue of terrorism in the region, and working to halt attacks against India in particular, are clearly in the wider strategic interest of the country and ought to be what the nation should strive towards. At best, however, all that India has managed to do is throw together a muddled ‘shaming campaign’ against Pakistan. India has missed the forest for the trees, and the world has watched it do that yet again. Dealing with Pakistan and its myriad actors in times of tension and crisis demands a more superior level of political imagination and diplomatic manoeuvring than what the Government of India has demonstrated thus far.Read More »26/11 and India’s Pakistan dilemma