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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, [...]

Hidden Hands Behind Recent Terrorist Attacks

By Afshain Afzal • Jun 25th, 2014 • Category: Politics

The unfortunate and tragic incident of firing by terrorist on 8 June 2014, which resulted in killing of 30 innocent people hailing from predominantly Khyber Pakhtun Khwa is worth condemning in the strongest words. All those killed in Taftan belonged to Shia sect and were on their way to Iran to visit holy shrines there. [...]

High Hopes for Pak-India Rapprochement

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

India is on the world focus. This time the elections results of the world biggest democracy has surprised the western players and proved to be a setback to Washington’s long term strategy in Asia, which aimed at to steal eastern culture, traditions and values through local westernized puppets. The May 2014 elections witnessed the victory [...]

Indo-Saudi Arabian Relations

By Afshain Afzal • Feb 27th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of the Saudi Arabia is on an official visit to India from 26 to 28 February 2014. Saudi Arabia is a peace loving country and does not believe in interference in the internal affairs of other countries. However, many countries [...]

Testing military Patience

By Afshain Afzal • Jan 25th, 2014 • Category: Politics

In an attack in Kabul on 18 January 2014 that focused international attention, 22 people, mostly foreigners, including three United Nations staff and head of International Monetary Fund in Afghanistan were killed while over two dozen injured. The attack was followed by another attack at Pakistani city of Bannu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province next day [...]