I Have a Dream… By Ovais Abowath

29 March, 2012
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I have a dream …. I have hope … I have optimism …. I still breathe … I still move and somehow this city still lives.

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What Happens Next? By Lubna Jerar Naqvi

28 March, 2012
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A Dozen vehicles torched, several killed and injured and a metropolis like Karachi was brought to a standstill once again following the murder of a political party member by a party worker of the ruling party – this is only Tuesday’s news.

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Misbah Blundered, India Plundered By Omair Alavi

20 March, 2012
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There is no doubt that Indian cricket team emerged as the better side against Pakistan in Mirpur this week, but Pakistani captain Misbah ul Haq is also to blame for the loss.

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Tips for Balochistan Experts By Sajid Hussain

8 March, 2012
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If you’re suffering from writer’s block, try writing on Balochistan. Your problem will be solved. So what if Balochistan’s problems remain unresolved even after the publication of your masterpiece! You need not worry about your lack of understanding of the subject, because using your mightier-than-the-sword pen on Balochistan is an accomplishment in its own right.

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State-Crony Capitalism By Asif Punjwani

2 March, 2012
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Recently Iran agreed to export 80,000 barrels crude per day to Pakistan. Pakistan requested a loan of $500 Million from Iran for the pipeline to be built. Iran refused for $500 million but agreed for half the amount – $250 million. This loan of $250 million doesn’t have the interest rate decided or the loan repayment length. The fun does end here. Russia is “pressuring” Pakistan to award a $1.2 Billion Oil Pipeline ‘no-bid’ contract to Gazprom, a Russian firm that has used its economic clout for political gains in Europe.

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Bluffs,Tears and Apologies By Madiha Ishtiaque

1 March, 2012
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Stop the Drama! That’s one statement for it. There has to be a clear difference between a morning show and a theatre performance, and Maya Khan has victoriously blurred it to invisibility. Don’t you get the feel of being cheated, your naivety in gluing your eyes on the morning TV screen being mocked at, and you as audience being hoaxed in the name of ‘creating awareness’? Yet I should salute Ms. khan for her ‘genuine concern’ for the people of Pakistan and her absolute devotion in shelving her married life in a corner so she could rightly serve the nation.

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Imran and Orban By Fouad Khan

24 February, 2012
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For a few days during the month of cusp between 2011 and 2012, in those shallows of packaged punditry called New York Times Op-Ed Section, Pakistan was no longer the country frothing the most foreboding omens for future. That dubious honor was moved, albeit temporarily to the shoulders of Hungary; a landlocked little nation sitting squat in the middle of Europe.

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Israel, India and the Persian Puzzle By Aijaz Zaka Syed

22 February, 2012
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This is perhaps what the expression ‘setting the cat among the pigeons’ means. Just when Israel was putting up that little show, going around theworld crying about the way Iran was targeting its peaceful diplomats around the world, the ayatollahs come up with their own little performance taking everyone’s breath away.

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Understanding Inflation – Our Core Problem By Asif Punjwani

31 January, 2012
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One Rupee was all I wanted for lunch at school during my early school days, enough to buy me one bag-a-chips, and three Rupees for Thursdays to enjoy Pepsi. This was about two decades ago. Today a bag of chips cost Rs7 and Pepsi Rs20. So what happened? Am I getting 7 times the amount of Chips or Pepsi? Or is it my money worth less? This one’s pretty easy to answer after enjoying Pepsi. If I had saved those Rs3 from 20 years ago, it would have lost 86% of its value today. So how did this happen? How did the value of my Rs3 erode away as time went by? Where did the purchase powergo? To answer this, we will have to understand Money and the role of Central Banks.

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Facebook Frenzy By Muhammad Talha

26 January, 2012
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Internet has really converted the world into a global village. This E-world phobia seems to be getting the better of juveniles as well as
the adults. Internet has provided many media in the form of chat messengers which allow people to make acquaintance with strangers from all over the world. Facebook is one of them.

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