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The lost recordings of Jinnah

NADEEM F. PARACHA There is still no (complete) audio recording of Mr Jinnah’s address to Pakistan’s first Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947. However, the full text of the speech is available. The text, mostly extracted from the written draft of the speech was sent to newspapers and then published. …

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Fabled pond of Katas Raj drying out, again

CHAKWAL: In Hindu mythology, the fabled pond at the Katas Raj temples was formed by the tears of Shiva, who wept uncontrollably over the loss of his wife Sati. But the once ‘unfathomable’ pond, which continues to be one of the holiest Hindu sites in the region, is drying out …

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Safe zones in Syria: Astana’s key to political settlement

According to director of the Kazakh MFA Department for Asia and Africa Aidarbek Tumatov, today’s Astana process of signing a new memorandum on tensions de-escalation zones will allow to stop bloodshed in Syria and initiate a new political dialogue. The main points. According to the document at our disposal, 4 …

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Study shows how to run successful anti-polio campaign in Pakistan

Pakistan, like the rest of the world, can effectively address the challenges posed by polio, especially in its conflict-hit areas, by introducing community-based strategies and integrating campaigns aimed at eradicating polio with maternal health services and routine immunisation. This is one of the key findings of a research published on …

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Linking CPEC to sustainable national development

The much improved CPEC-related infrastructure projects will help develop industrial capabilities that can provide large-scale skilled employment, increase manpower productivity and raise per capita earnings. The improved infrastructure will increase trade and cause an economic boom but, in the absence of enlightened legislation and structural changes in the economy, most …

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De-escalation Zone Memorandum – Decisive Step Towards Peace in Syria

Following the results of the fourth round of Syrian talks in Astana the representatives of guarantor-states (Iran, Russia and Turkey) signed a memorandum on de-escalation zones in Syria. According to the agreement, the de-escalation zones are to be created in the provinces of Idlib, Hama, Aleppo, northern part of Homs, …

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Erdogan’s Kashmir approach

IF the suggestion was a surprise, India’s swift rejection was not. Nevertheless, for friends of Pakistan and India and countries with an interest and stake in peace in South Asia, the call for a multilateral approach to the Kashmir dispute by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a sensible idea. …

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The case for Urdu as Pakistan’s official language

The case for Urdu as Pakistan’s official language Ali Raj Illustration by Marium Ali Apatriotic song blares through speakers placed on either side of the stage. The Urdu ditty that talks down terrorists was produced and released by the army’s public relations department in response to the 2014 Army Public …

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