Malik Muhammad Ashraf

  • There are no two opinions about the fact that the country is caught in the whirlpool of political instability. For an honest and anodyne observer, the situation is a sequel to the unconstitutional, illegal, undemocratic, and immoral pursuits of a self-proclaimed reformer and narcissist who cannot ...

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  • Muhammad Ali Jinnah not only won a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent but also identified the issues that confronted the new state which needed to be addressed on a priority basis and how Pakistan could be made happy and prosperous. Addressing the constituent assembly on 11 ...

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  • The recent announcement by the Indian authorities to permit temporary residents in IIOJ&K to register as voters is yet another attempt to change the demographic features of the state. This move follows the promulgation of a new domicile law after the repeal of Article 370 of the Indian ...

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  • The commitment shown by the government to have the IMF programme revived, even though it involved taking some harsh decisions to fulfil the requirement of the lending agency, is commendable indeed. It surely had political costs because the people were hard hit by the hydra-headed inflation due to ...

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  • The recent announcement by the Indian authorities also to permit temporary residents in IIOJ&K to register as voters is yet another attempt to change the demographic features of the state. This move follows the promulgation of a new domicile law after the repeal of Article 370 of the Indian ...

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  • Machiavelli, regarded as the father of nationalism, is usually perceived as a proponent of politics divorced from conventional morality and bringing forth all means in the quest for political power, even the most unscrupulous. There are many takers of that view and in most third-world countries ...

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  • The rule of law is considered a pivotal ingredient of peace, tranquillity and progress of society and the state. This comes through strict compliance with the constitution and the laws enacted by the parliament. Any deviation from the constitution and law leads to chaos and crisis inimical to ...

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  • Even though climate change is viewed as the biggest and the most formidable challenge for the dwellers of the earth, nothing substantive seems to have been done to tackle the challenge in the desired manner. The climate change phenomenon has already started having a devastating impact globally and ...

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  • It is needless to state that the country is experiencing the worst ever economic and political crisis owing to the shenanigans of our rulers. They are all responsible for where the country stands now. But the regrettable thing is that the political leaders are refusing to learn from self-inflicted ...

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  • Reportedly, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has filed a petition seeking a review of the SC opinion rendered on a reference by the President on the interpretation of Article 63-A of the constitution. The President filed the reference under Article 186 of the constitution in which the apex ...

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  • A true and genuine political leader is a person who, with his visionary narrative and strategic initiatives, plays a transformational role in the process of nation-buildingand invariably prefers national interest over the political interest of his own political party if a permeating situation so ...

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  • The talks held between Pakistan and the IMF with regards to the revival of the stalled $6 billion Extended Fund Facility Programme held at Doha recently remained inconclusive because the Fund insisted on the removal of the fuel and power subsidies as well as presenting the next budget for 2023 in ...

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  • Imran Khan’s political career is an archetype of irresistible propensity to take somersaults on declared goals and objectives as well as an undying streak of defying law and settled democratic and parliamentary norms. The much-hyped tsunami to sweep away the decadent and rotten system of ...

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  • Imran’s misogynist remarks about a lady politician have come under severe attack—and rightly so—by all those who have belief and faith in our cultural values and Islamic injunctions regarding the respect and honour of women. The remarks made by Imran Khan with a smirk on his face—which was ...

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  • A renowned jurist and eminent judge Jackson of the US Supreme Court said that the apex court is not final because it is infallible, but it is infallible because it is final. This observation has assumed the significance of a legal maxim and is universally accepted. What it means is that by virtue ...

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  • The hallmark of our society is the presence of a host of mafias which have cropped up as a result of wrong and unimaginative policies of successive governments. These mafias are so well-entrenched and strong that the government seems helpless before them. The cost of this inaction by the government ...

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  • It is an unfortunate reality that since its independence, Pakistan has failed to change its crisis-ridden profile, which is a sequel to taking a detour from the path envisioned by its founding father. The blame squarely lies on the military dictators who violated the constitution and repeatedly ...

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  • Notwithstanding the fact that India was unable to sell to the international community its move to end the special status of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) through repealing Article 370 of the Indian constitution and terming it as its internal affair, it is now trying to make ...

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  • It is an undeniable fact that Imran Khan is a political leader in his own right, enjoying considerable following in the country. But regrettably, he has not been able to come up to the expectations of a majority of the people.His failure to deliver as per his pledges, particularly in the economic ...

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  • Notwithstanding the fact that Imran Khan made all possible overt and covert moves including the unconstitutional rejection of the no-confidence motion—filed by the PDM parties—by the deputy speaker, he had to go because the judiciary as a true custodian of the constitution, upheld its sanctity ...

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  • The myth of the narrative regarding threats by the US and its support to opposition parties for regime change through the no-confidence motion, which the PTI government used to torpedo the motion through a ruling by the deputy speaker of the national assembly, has already started falling apart.The ...

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  • In politics, it is not unusual for the leaders of political parties to take a swipe at each other with regards to their stand on national issues. Going beyond that and hurling concocted and false allegations against each other and attempts at character assassination are regarded as foul play.Going ...

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  • It is an irrefutable as well as a painful reality that the Pakistani nation, even after more than seven decades of its independence, is still groping in the dark to find the direction that could lead it to achieve the goals of independence. The reason is that landlords and elitist classes, which ...

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  • The country is caught in a whirlpool of confusion and uncertainty due to the heightened level of confrontation between the government and combined opposition in the back-drop of the filing of a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister by the latter. Unfortunately, the government which has ...

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  • Human beings are an embodiment of virtue, evil and the prejudices that they exhibit in given situations. It is probably because of the prejudices that they entertain that we come across ethnic, racial, social and political slurs that people hurl at each other. While all other slurs are offensive ...

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  • In democratic countries with written constitutions, the parliament is considered as the mother of all other state institutions which are created through the constitution adopted by it. It is also the legislative forum for incumbent governments, which are under a constitutional obligation to ...

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  • Notwithstanding the claims by the Prime Minister, federal ministers and the workers of the regime about PTI also winning the next elections on the basis of its performance, the reality is that the popularity of the party is in a nosedive.The touchstone for judging the performance of any elected ...

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  • Climate change caused by global warming is undoubtedly the biggest ever challenge faced by inhabitants of the earth and if it continues at its current pace, it could spell disaster for all of humanity. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was right on the money when addressing the COP26 Conference ...

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  • October 27 marked 74 years of Indian occupation of IIOJ&K, and as usual a Black Day was observed by the people of IIOJ&K, the Kashmiri diaspora around the world and in Pakistan. India used the argument of geographical proximity and demographic realities to annex Junagadh and Hyderabad ...

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  • Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) whom Allah called Rehmatul Almeen (Blessing/Mercy for all worlds) in Sura Al-Anbia in Quran, has always been celebrated with great religious zeal and fervour. But the celebrations this year, without any doubt, were unprecedented in the ...

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