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August 2009

Why Obama may fail in Afghanistan —Shahzad Chaudhry

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shehzarchKarzai’s house of cards will collapse the day America leaves. Permit him to begin talking to his real brethren so that he can find a stable order. Afghanistan must find its own solution; it simply is not programmed to accept one

For one, he doesn’t belong there. He is seen as a foreign occupant of someone else’s land. His war is after all not a ‘just’ war, because it does not kindle the passion of those fighting on his side. His aims may have been noble but he mustn’t forget that he cannot impose such morality on a people who find themselves occupied by his forces and those of the West.Read More »Why Obama may fail in Afghanistan —Shahzad Chaudhry

India’s 1998 nuke ‘fizzle’

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N M Sampathkumar Iyangar

Eleven years after assisting Prime Minister Vajpayee in 1998 to divert public attention from the mess his government had created, India’s top science bureaucrats are issuing shrill denials of the startling revelations by senior scientist K Santhanam, who was coordinating director of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for Pokhran II, the mission for conducting a second series of nuclear blasts. His admission undermined the credence of India’s claims to have perfected the technology. The thermonuclear devices were the only “technology advancement” over the detonation of a crude device in 1974 at Pokhran. India’s Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) projected Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as Durga, the Hindu goddess of power to gullible Indians. Flouting solemn international agreements not to develop weapons in return for technology led to India’s isolation. The then chief of DAE, Raja Ramanna, is hailed as the “father of the Indian N-Bomb” for hijacking the nuclear programme from its original power-production orientation. The absence of scrutiny turned the DAE into a den of nepotism and corruption. The termination of the self-imposed 24-year “moratorium” on testing with Pokhran-II prompted Pakistan to let A Q Khan go ahead with its own tests.Read More »India’s 1998 nuke ‘fizzle’


ALI SUKHANVERali_sukhanver

 The role of an intelligence agency should be different from that of a terrorist organization. The CIA, the Mussad, the ISI and the Raw must not be mixed up with LTTE, the Black Water Force and particularly the detracted groups of Taliban & Al- Qaida which are defaming not only Islam but also the Muslims all over the world. If an intelligence agency is trying to forget its prescribed aims and objects by surpassing its limits, it should not be ranked as an intelligence agency but a terrorist organization.


Direct PIA flight to New York likely by end of 2009

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newyorkflightLAHORE: The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) plans to operate a direct flight from Lahore to New York by the end of this year and the flight may operate twice a week, Daily Times learnt on Saturday.

A four-member team of Traffic Safety Authority (TSA) from USA arrived in Lahore on August 24 to check the security arrangements made for this non-stop flight from the provincial capital to New York. The team after completing its reports and checking the earlier proposed security systems returned to the US on Saturday. An official of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on condition of anonymity that the team was satisfied with security arrangements at the Allama Iqbal Airport as well as with the proposed security arrangements for the flight. Read More »Direct PIA flight to New York likely by end of 2009

Pakistan’s share in global trade shrinks

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By Mansoor Ahmad

LAHORE: Pakistan has been losing its share in global markets which experts blame on the limited range of products and dependence on a small number of markets resulting in a constant decline in the country’s share in global trade.

They say India has increased its share in global trade after diversification of export products from 0.6 per cent in 1999 to 1.45 per cent in 2008 while Pakistan’s share has shrunk from 0.21 per cent to 0.13 per cent in the same period.
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Capital games – By Ayesha Siddiqa

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mush288People wonder why the present government is not trying Gen Musharraf. Is it just due to its goodness of heart or is there something else that might be the cause of this apparently cautious behaviour?

Actually, there are two issues at hand here. First is the evasiveness of the prime minister. While not making any move to bring a case in court against the former general, Mr Gilani appears to be raising hopes by giving the impression to the people and various political parties that the former dictator may actually be tried in a court of law.Read More »Capital games – By Ayesha Siddiqa

UK Visa: Student tier 4 applicants – Sponsor Register.

Student tier 4 visa applicants should ensure their chosen institution is on the tier 4 Sponsor Register when they submit their visa application. Applications made to attend institutions that have been suspended from the register will not be considered whilst the institution is under review. If you have a visa letter that you got before your approved education provider’s licence was suspended, and you have already beenRead More »UK Visa: Student tier 4 applicants – Sponsor Register.

India’s thermonuclear explosions were unsuccessful: scientist

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NEW DELHI: K Santhanam, who was director for 1998 test site preparations in Pokhran test range, has disclosed that the thermonuclear explosions conducted at that time were ‘actually of much below expectations and the tests were perhaps more a fizzle rather than a big bang’.

In an interview with the Times of India, the nuclear scientist said the yield for the thermonuclear test, or hydrogen bomb in popular usage, was much lower than what was claimed and stressed the need to conduct more tests to improve its nuclear weapon programme.Read More »India’s thermonuclear explosions were unsuccessful: scientist

Punjab CM no more ‘khadim-e-aala’

shahbaz* Shahbaz’s title changed back to chief minister in appeals and advertisements

LAHORE: The media managers of the Punjab government have changed the nomenclature of the post of the province’s political head from ‘khadim-e-aala’ to chief minister (CM) in official advertisements.

Since the day of his swearing-in, CM Shahbaz Sharif officially directed the provincial media managers to write his designation as ‘khadim-e-aala’ in all official advertisements, to create the impression that he was really a public servant. The director general public relations (DGPR) started calling Shahbaz ‘khadim-e-aala Punjab’ in all official advertisements in newspapers. The CM’s picture was not published in such appeals and promotional advertisements.
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