October 2013

جیالا برگر

 

طاہر عمران

بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، اسلام آباد

عزیز برگر کلاس کے لوگو، سکائپ، وائبر اور وٹس ایپ کے حوالے سے معذرت۔ ہمیں کچھ عرصے کے لیے معافی چاہیے جب (یہ سب سہولیات بند ہوں گی) تاکہ ہم کچھ دہشت گرد پکڑ سکیں۔ اگلے تین مہینے کے لیے صرف ایس ایم ایس پر اکتفا کریں۔ آپ کا مخلص بلاول بھٹو زرداری

یہ وہ ٹویٹ تھی جس میں پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی کے سربراہ بلاول بھٹو نے سندھ حکومت کی جانب سے کراچی میں شدت پسندوں اور جرائم پیشہ افراد کے مابین رابطے ختم کرنے کے لیے انٹرنیٹ پر بات چیت کی مقبول ایپلیکشنز سکائپ، وائبر اور ٹینگو پر تین ماہ کی پابندی کی حمایت کی۔Read More »جیالا برگر

Roar of the lion

By Ayaz Amir

What was the election slogan of our straw lions? “Kaun aya, kaun aya, Sher aya, Sher aya”…who is coming? the lion is coming, (lion being the election symbol of the winning PML-N). And Punjab swooned to the sound of this slogan and voted the straw lions into power, convinced salvation was at hand.

In barely three and a half months the national landscape seems transformed. The same voting public awaiting miracles has begun not just to squeal but to howl. The rupee was slipping vis-à-vis the dollar, making everything more expensive, and prices of common necessities were shooting into the sky. As if this was not enough to sour the public mood we have had the two mighty kicks just delivered, sharp rises in the prices of electricity and petrol. Punjabi wit can be devastating and jokes these days are about the strength and hunting prowess of the lion.
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Learning lessons from Sri Lankan victory over rebel Tamil Tigers

By Sabir Shah

While Pakistan continues to be hit on regular basis by terrorism after 9/11, it needs to gain some inspiration from a much smaller and poorer Sri Lanka, which is literally rising from ashes after having fought with the rebel Tamil Tigers for nearly 27 long years and ultimately defeating the insurgents on May 29, 2009.

Sri Lanka was left with a daunting post-war task to ensure the welfare of nearly 300,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who were held as a human shield and a bargaining chip by the rebel Tamil Tigers.Read More »Learning lessons from Sri Lankan victory over rebel Tamil Tigers

Multiple impacts of a falling rupee

By Mohiuddin Aazim

 The falling value of the rupee will have many fiscal and monetary implications, including an increase in the rupee-cost of external debt servicing and a rise in liquidity levels.

And depreciation of the rupee is partially explained by the recent central bank’s buying of $125 million from the interbank market.

It is not unusual for the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to buy dollars from banks, either on spot or through swaps. “But this time, the buying is covered under the scope of the IMF’s new lending programme,” says the treasurer of a large local bank. ‘That’s unusual.”Read More »Multiple impacts of a falling rupee

DEPLORABLE FATE OF THE SIKHS IN INDIA

PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER

 Addressing the 68th UN General Assembly, the Indian Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh raised his serious concerns over terrorism coming to India from across the border. He also spoke on Security Council reform and reiterated that diplomacy be given a chance in resolving the crisis in Syria and Iran. He said, “We believe that if there’s a strong India, that’s good for the world, and it’s ultimately good for the US.” If the honourable Prime Minister had viewed The New Indian Express of 4th September 2013, before addressing the UN General Assembly, he would certainly have added a few lines in his speech regarding the deplorable condition of the Sikh community in India. According to The New Indian Express, US Read More »DEPLORABLE FATE OF THE SIKHS IN INDIA