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June 2011

New horizons in the Gulf Cooperation Council: a Comparative Study

Mehmood-Ul-Hassan Khan

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC-6) has enjoyed a unique socio-economic, geo-political and geo-strategic position in the Middle East and MENA region. Its huge oil and gas reservoirs have the potential to rock the entire world. Its investment preferences and expenditures have ability to bring prosperity and stability in the regional and global economies. Read More »New horizons in the Gulf Cooperation Council: a Comparative Study



 It is neither the Pakistan army nor the ISI; it is Pakistan which few of our own media-men are targeting, knowingly or unknowingly. For the last many years, the world around us has been exploiting all possible resources to defame the two very sacred and no doubt holy institutions of Pakistan, the Pakistan army and the ISI. The world is very well aware of the fact that no harm could come to Pakistan unless these two institutions are stable and strong. It won’t be an exaggeration if we call the ISI a continuous pain in the neck and a throbbing thorn for the forces eager to destabilize Pakistan. The international plan of defaming these two institutions could have never succeeded if our own Read More »PASSIONS AND WEAPONS

Pakistani finance minister’s budget speech

Dr Ashfaque H Khan
The budget speech of the finance minister is an important piece of document as it contains the government’s views on the challenges besetting the economy in the foregoing year, the response of the government in addressing these challenges, and the various policies under consideration for the next fiscal year. The budget speech covers all the above elements.
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Pakistan ranked third in survey on violence against women

* Afghanistan tops expert poll of dangers to women

* Pakistan blighted by acid attacks and ‘honour killings’

* India cited for trafficking and sexual slavery

LONDON: A global survey of perceptions regarding violence against women has ranked Pakistan third.

Violence, dismal healthcare and brutal poverty make Afghanistan the world’s most dangerous country for women, with Congo a close second due to horrific levels of rape, a Thomson Reuters Foundation expert poll said on Wednesday. Pakistan, India and Somalia ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the survey of perceptions of threats ranging from domestic abuse and economic discrimination to female foeticide, genital mutilation and acid attacks. Read More »Pakistan ranked third in survey on violence against women

Reason, Logic and Religion

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By Qaisar Sultan

The idea that some nations and cultures are superior to others always puzzles me. What drives nations to prosperity and greatness? Is only a brief period of history that gives those nations opportunities that changes the equation? Or is it in the genetic disposition of people that makes them smarter to achieve better things? Or is it the set of values and the way they start seeing things to progress? One fact is undeniable that the education makes the biggest difference in people and nation life. Then the question comes to mind that why some cultures cannot focus on a universal truth. We see that in the modern age, African, most of South American, and all of Muslim countries ignored to develop first rated Read More »Reason, Logic and Religion