July 31, 2009

Pakistani woman activist awarded Humanitarian award

By Ibrahim Sajid Malick

WASHINGTON: Women’s rights advocate Sameena Nazir was recognized Friday at InterAction’s annual forum, the largest forum for the not-for-profit, corporate and government sectors in Washington DC.

Nazir is the first Pakistani to ever receive the Humanitarian Award which is given annually to individuals who have made significant contributions in the developing world and whose work reflects such qualities as courage, initiative, and grace under pressure, integrity and personal sacrifice.Read More »Pakistani woman activist awarded Humanitarian award

Supreme Court of Pakistan declares Nov 3 2007 actions unconstitutional

supremecourt1ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan Friday declared the steps taken on November 3, 2007 by former president Pervez Musharraf as unconstitutional.

The judgment came after the 14-judge larger bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry completed the hearing of constitutional petitions regarding PCO judges, appointments of judges of higher judiciary and November 3, 2007 steps.Read More »Supreme Court of Pakistan declares Nov 3 2007 actions unconstitutional

Hazards of “Commercialization” in Lahore

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Ahmad Rafay Alam

When the Lahore Development Authority published full-page advertisements inviting people to submit their opinions on whether or not 58 of the city’s roads should be ‘commercialised’, it struck one as ironic how an unrepresentative organisation like the LDA should suddenly turn to the people for input on complex urban planning issues.

Then again, there is much more to the concept of commercialisation that meets the eye. And most of it is incredibly destructive to urban development.Read More »Hazards of “Commercialization” in Lahore

Strategic Dialogue between Russia and USA

Mehmood-Ul-Hassan Khan

Russia remains the world’s biggest state with enormous natural resources and a huge arsenal of non-conventional weapons.

The leaders of Russian Federation and the USA are trying their levels best to restart strategic dialogue between the two countries. Recently, Barak Hussian Obama visited to Moscow and met with his counterpart Dmitry Medvede and discussed on many important regional and global issues. Some strategic experts say that it is paradigm shift in the US foreign policy while others term it style over substance. Many political scientists predict that it is the restart of new great game in the Central Asia region.Read More »Strategic Dialogue between Russia and USA