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May 2009

Former Pakistani presidents, PMs to get plots in capital

ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) is finalising a plan to allot land to former presidents and prime ministers of the country in non-residential sectors of the federal capital. According to sources, the CDA had conducted a survey of various areas of the capital to identify sites for the allotment of land to former presidents and prime ministers of the country. They said as soon as the sites were identified, details and locations would be finalised.Read More »Former Pakistani presidents, PMs to get plots in capital

Are the Pakhtuns under siege?

Rustam Shah Mohmand

In the nineteenth century they fought the British imperialists in a long-drawn-out war of attrition. In the twentieth century they were pitted against the might of another empire, the Soviet Union. In the 21st century, in yet another unequal contest, they are confronted by and fighting against the US empire.

To make matters worse, the Pakistani Pakhtoons are also under attack by the security forces of their own country.Read More »Are the Pakhtuns under siege?

Global crisis poses risk to Pakistan’s economy


ISLAMABAD (May 29 2009): The global financial crisis and recession pose risk to Pakistan’s economy with it growth, exports, remittances and capital inflow could decline further in the next fiscal year, according to the International Monetary Fund “Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East and Central Asia,” released here on Thursday.

The Outlook said that a prolonged economic slowdown in oil exporting countries could translate into lower growth in neighbouring trade partners including Pakistan by declining exports, private capital inflows, workers remittances and Foreign Direct Investment. The ultimate outcome could be increase in poverty, said Paul Ross, resident representative of the IMF at a media briefing about the finding of the Outlook.
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Great effort by Pakistani students in Holland: Fund raising cricket match-30-May-09


Pakistani Friends in Holland are invited



This match is between my university ITC and other university in same town. Can you share this idea on your website so that pakistani people can come up with ideas like this to collect funding for Swat people.
As we are students we don’t have much money but we want to help our Pakistani people in trouble, so we come up with this idea to collect money without much investment.
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How a jilted Karachi woman saved Pakistan’s Nuclear Programme

Brig Imtiaz reveals 30-year-old secret


By Rauf Klasra

ISLAMABAD: As the nation celebrates the eleventh anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests today (May 28), a shocking 30-year-old secret has been exposed. It reveals how a young woman college lecturer, feeling betrayed after a romance with a nuclear scientist of the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP), had given a lead to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in 1978, which in turn had led to the dramatic arrest of 12 Pakistani scientists and engineers, planning to sabotage Pakistan’s nuclear sites at the behest of a superpower.Read More »How a jilted Karachi woman saved Pakistan’s Nuclear Programme

Ideology, jihad and Jinnah


Today jihad has come to be associated with suicide bombings rather than noble deeds. — AFP/File Photo


By Kunwar Idris

Ideology and jihad have always remained a part of Pakistan’s political discourse but without an agreement on what the two concepts mean. They have meant different things to different people at different times. Read More »Ideology, jihad and Jinnah

Europe’s fastest supercomputer unveiled in Germany

BERLIN: A new supercomputer with the power of 50,000 home PCs — the fastest in Europe and the third worldwide — was unveiled on Tuesday in Germany. The ‘Jugene,’ capable of 1,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second, ranks behind the ‘Roadrunner’ and ‘Jaguar’ computers in the United States, said Kosta Schinarakis from the Juelich research centre, where the computer is located. Read More »Europe’s fastest supercomputer unveiled in Germany

Kashmir Watch report

Islamabad, May 26:  Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Sardar Yaqub Khan is leading state to confusion, chaos and anarchy.

His rule is no different from his predecessor Sardar Attiq Ahmed Khan

Sardar Yaqub’s administration assumed office in January 2009, after ouster of Attiq Ahmed Khan through a no-confidence move.

Soon after he took power, Mr Khan promised he would administer justice, provide good governance, uphold merit, and rid the state from nepotism, favourritim, menace of deep-rooted corruption and Bardarism.Read More »Kashmir Watch report





Once my grandma baked a cake, covered it with a lid and put it in the kitchen window for drying. I still remember her crying, “Be vigilant, the rats might drag the cake to their hole.” Now, when I am a grown up man, I hear the ‘grandpa’ crying, “Be vigilant, the terrorists might run away with your nuclear program.” I feel a strange similarity between the cake and the nuclear program; both easily approachable; cake for the rats and nukes for the terrorists. The cake could never be stolen by the rats; how could be the nukes. God knows better why our sympathizers are so much doubtful about our abilities regarding the security of our nuclear program. They feel that we are innocent children, holding a toy in our hands and any one might snatch and run away with it .To be very honest and straightforward, the nuclear program is the most precious asset for the people of Pakistan. It is just like a dream based on hope and life. We, the Pakistanis know very well how to take care of our dreams. Read More »THE CAKE AND THE NUKES

Tax proposals for Pakistan budget 2009-10

The Overseas Investors’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI) is an important stakeholder in the economy of Pakistan. It has prepared a brief report that takes a broader approach and focuses on long-term issues. The report gives a comprehensive overview of the recommended changes and the rationale for suggesting the same. The report outlines policy and procedural amendments that are intended towards strengthening the taxation system in Pakistan and hence require serious consideration. A brief description of these proposals is presented in the executive summary

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