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Policy Issues for the New King of Saudi Arabia

By Afshain Afzal • Jan 25th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud has died at the age of 90 years on 22 January 2015; “Inna Lillahay Wa Inna Ilaihay Rajioon”. There was a large gathering at the Namaz-e-Janaza at Jamia Masjid Imam Turki Bin Abdullah in Riyadh.
The whole world is aggrieved while many [...]



Peshawar Tragedy Redefines Pakistan

By Afshain Afzal • Dec 28th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

In Pakistan more than 50000 people including civil and armed men have been killed in the terrorist attacks since last ten years. But the innocent killings in Peshawar massacre have changed everything. It has changed the thought pattern of every Pakistani. Everybody in Pakistan stands unanimous against this butchery of Talibans. Even those persons who [...]



Muhammad Ali, the Quaid-e-Azam

By Afshain Afzal • Dec 26th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The 25th of December bears great significance and is the day of rejoice. It is a day of blessings as it is birthday of our Holy Prophet Hazrat Essa Roohallah (Alhe-e-Salam) also known as Jesus Christ in the Christian world.  The birthday of Mr. Muhammad Ali, the Quaid-e-Azam and the founder of Pakistan, also falls [...]



The East Pakistan Tragedy – It Hurts Even Today

By Afshain Afzal • Dec 21st, 2014 • Category: Politics

Sixteenth December 2014 was another dark day, when foreign terrorist carried out cold blooded massacre at Army Public School, Warsak Road, Peshawar, martyring over 157 and injuring scores of other. It is being claimed that terrorist suspected that recruitment of Tribal was taking place inside school. However, there are conflicting reports that some farewell party [...]



Lessons Learned From Wagah Tragedy

By Afshain Afzal • Nov 10th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

On evening 2nd November 2014, in an unfortunate explosion near Pakistan-India entry gate at Wagah, around 60 persons were killed and more then 120 injured. The attack reminds last Muharram’s massacre at Raja Bazar, Rawalpindi in an attack on almost century old Masjid cum Madrassa, in which over 200 Sunnis were killed.
Interestingly, the Wagah attack [...]



Scotland’s Referendum for Independence and its Transparency

By Afshain Afzal • Sep 22nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Much ahead of commencement of referendum campaigns for the independence of Scotland, US President Barack Hussain Obama along with group of European Union leaders made it very clear that they wanted the United Kingdom (UK) to stay together. Aftermath referendum, in a statement issued at Brussels, the European Commission said the Scottish vote was good [...]



India and Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir State

By Afshain Afzal • Sep 11th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The cease fire violations along Line of Control (LoC) on Jammu and Kashmir state as well working boundary between Indian and Pakistan led to renewed tension. During the weekly talks on telephone, Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan’s agreed on 26 August 2014, to reduce tension.
They also agreed to hold flag [...]



Are We Forgetting Something in Islamabad Drama

By Afshain Afzal • Sep 7th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Since decades, the Red Zone, which houses the Parliament House, Prime Minister House, President House, the Supreme Court building, Pak Secretariat, Foreign Embassies and other important installations, is restricted area and not open for general public. Smartly turned out Police personnel stop individuals and vehicles near the barriers to divert to other routes.
Despite government’s warnings, [...]



Foreign Secretary Level Talks between India and Pakistan

By Afshain Afzal • Aug 18th, 2014 • Category: Politics

Despite all pressures and coercive measures to fail any dialogue between two potential defence allies, Pakistan and India are once again going to have Foreign Secretary level talks, tentatively on 25 August 2014. The military brass and secular parties are much aggrieved to see Prime Minister Mr. Narandra Modi and his counterpart, Mr. Muhammad Nawaz [...]



New Challenges for India

By Afshain Afzal • Jul 11th, 2014 • Category: Politics

Ten US Senators, led by Senator Barbara Boxer, recently wrote a letter to Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, calling on to take immediate action to combat gender based violence and improve the safety of women and girls in India. The letter demanded that more efforts needs to be put in to prevent violence against women, [...]