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Pakistan’s needless martyrs by Mohammed Hanif

Courtesy International New York Times.  http://international.nytimes.com/?WT.z_jog=1&hF=t&vS=undefined KARACHI, Pakistan — According to our security analysts, the massacre of students and teachers at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda on Wednesday proves that we are winning against terrorism. A month before that, Pakistan marked the first anniversary of the Army Public School attacks in Peshawar, where more than 140 people, the vast majority …

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Pakistan Focus welcomes lifting of international sanctions on Iran!

Pakistan Focus welcomes lifting of international sanctions on Iran by America led international alliance. Hopefully, it would lead towards easing of hardship of Iranian people. Pakistan Focus condemns imposition of fresh missile related sanctions by America on 11 Iranian companies on the pretext that recent missile test by Iran violated the nuclear deal parameters.  Pakistan Focus expects that America would …

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We condemn acts of terrorism in Paris

Pakistan focus expresses deep shock and sorrow over gruesome  terrorist attacks in Paris. Our hearts reach out to the families of victims, and the people and the government of France.  A wholesome reappraisal of international counter terrorism effort is long overdue. International community and institutions need to focus on reasons of such attacks and try to address them.

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Global Appeal for Help in Disaster Management

Pakistan Focus expresses shock and grief over the high intensity earthquake that has hit parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. Devastation in terms of loss of life and property is likely to be colossal; it may take several days before the extent of damage could be quantified.  Respective national disaster management efforts have already been launched.  However, the extent of …

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Palestine at the UN

Pakistan Focus felicitates the government and people of Palestine, the world over, on the eve of hoisting of the flag of the State of Palestine. Pakistan Focus also urges upon all members of the UN, especially Israel and the United States  to recognize Palestine as an independent and sovereign State.

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Fallacy of Indian Victory in 1965 war

Archives of the Indian media  show that grossly exaggerated claims of military success were made by the Indian military; some of the headlines were:- “Our valiant forces have set up a civil administration in Lahore after capturing the railway station, airport, Mughalpura, an ordinance factory ….” Civilised attitude of our solders wins hearts of Lahoris,” “Lahore captured: Our forces are …

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Iran nuclear deal and our evolving region

[featured Image: Courtesy www.usnews.com] After13 years in the wilderness, potentially dangerous row over Iran’s nuclear programme is hopefully coming to a close—at least for the time being. Iran has undertaken to review its nuclear research and development programme in return for lifting of crippling economic sanctions. Over play of Iranian nuclear bogey had caught the American policy makers by throat in the form of Israeli and Saudi pressure to use military option for settling the perceived Iranian nuclear threat. Likewise Iran had missed out on the dynamics of the World led by a single super power; it failed to comprehend that after making noises remaining countries of P-5+1 invariably submit to American pressure. Both sides have learnt their lessons in the form of nuclear deal. Pakistan should make an effort to formally induct Iran into Murree peace process so that it becomes a stakeholder in the political process. At the same time, Iran needs to do its part to dispel the public perception in Pakistan that it is not a party to the sectarian problem of Pakistan and that it is not involved in stalling the development of Gwadar port project. It will be worthwhile for Pakistan to support Iran’s induction into CPEC projects. Pakistan should complete the IP project and not fall in the trap of clubbing it with the revivals of IPI. If India seeks to revive the project, and most probably it would, then IPI should be negotiated fresh and independent of IP project. Pakistan stands to gain if the nuclear deal goes through smooth implementation; and wishes Iran God’s speed in this regard.

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Madness, the Modi style

Overwhelming poor ratings for Prime Minister Modi government’s first year’s performance have upset the Jan Sangh tea boy. He thinks Pakistan bashing would solve all problems that he has driven India into.  Modi is fast losing balance , it is unfortunate that the BJP has thrown-up a Prime Minister who has been a practitioner of terrorism as Chief Minister of …

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