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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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Yum-e-Takbir under the shadow of dying NPT

Pakistan Focus wishes the nation a joyous Yum-e-Takbir. Today as Pakistan celebrates Yum-e-Takbir, the day it carried out nuclear explosions on May 28, 1998, it has a fair degree of satisfaction that its decision of that moment was correct. For genuine reasons, the 2015 NPT review conference (April27 to May 22) failed to agree on a joint statement. The NPT is a vintage regime of the 1960s reflecting the cold war era mindset.The NPT continues to turn its face away from the emergence of additional NWS since coming its into effect; is adamant at calling them as NNWS and treat them accordingly. The NPT is poised to become increasingly irrelevant as it does not reflect the realities of contemporary nuclear order. NNWS feel that they did not get the fair deal as interpretations and implementation of NPT have largely remained victim of political exigencies rather than the noble objective of achieving universal nuclear disarmament. As the NPT has failed to enjoy the confidence of NNWS so would a Fissile Material regime that does not take into account the existing stocks of fissile material and tires to freeze strategic status quo, like the NPT. Likewise, other discriminatory and country specific exemptions to India for its membership of four strategic trade regimes would make these regimes also look like the NPT, irrelevant, ineffective and ceremonial.

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India’s claim to state terrorism

True colours of  BJP government are now on display from the actions and statements of PM Modi’s government and cabinet members. The statement by Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar that “terrorism will be used to counter any terrorist attack” is the latest edition. Earlier in a social media video national security adviser of PM Modi, Ajit Doval had also suggested …

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An appeal for saving Muhammad Morsi

Pakistan Focus strongly condemns the award of death sentence to former Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi. This was essentially a politically motivated trial. History tells us that truth is the  first causality in such trials. Though through such trials a political opponent is eliminated, the  subsequent problems that prop up are enormous  and in most cases insurmountable leading to prolonged spells …

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Protest on PEN award to Charlie Hebdo

Text of the Protest Note Recorded by Chair Pakistan Focus on Pen America website (http://www.pen.org/comment/281#comment-281) :- I am disappointed by the announcement regarding honoring of Charlie Hebdo with PEN award. This amounts to further provocating over 2 billion aggrieved Muslims the World over. Instead of closing the front and providing a healing touch to those hurt by the Charlie Hebdo …

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