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Turkey
M K Bharakumar | Five days after Turkey summoned the US charge d’affaires in Ankara to convey its concerns over the US’ continuing support for the Kurdish militia in Syria with weapons and training, President Recep Erdogan threatened on January 15 that it is resolute about thwarting the attempt by Washington to consolidate the emergence of a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria under American protection. Erdogan...
Afghanistan
M K Bhadrakumar | Russia has hinted in the past that the United States is covertly sponsoring the Islamic State in Afghanistan. On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson raised the bar by alleging that “foreign fighters” who were transferred by “unknown helicopters” have perpetrated a massacre of Hazara Shias in the Sar-e-Pol province in northern Afghanistan. The spokesperson said: “We can...
Afghanistan
M K Bhadrakumar | The Associated Press has carried an exclusive report regarding the intensive, ongoing political dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban behind the scene, the appearance of a ‘stalemate’ notwithstanding. That such contacts have been going on was a widely known secret, but the AP report is specific regarding their high frequency and it discloses that these contacts...
border
M K Bhadrakumar | On July 15, China’s state news agency Xinhua published a commentary on the border stand-off in Doklam. Although it firmly restates the Chinese position that India must pull back its troops for the month-long impasse to be resolved, the tone betrays Beijing’s conciliatory attitude. Therein lies a message. Politically, it’s revealing that the commentary appeared soon after the government held...
Bank
News Desk | In a new report that will possibly turn into a major disaster for the Indian government, the country's central bank has revealed that 99.30% of the currency demonetized in November 2016 is back in circulation. According to the Reserve Bank of India's annual report for 2017-18 released on Wednesday, almost all of the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000...
Arab women
The Cairo Review | It is a remarkable fact that fewer women work in the Arab World than anywhere else. Logically, this state of affairs doesn’t make sense. Education, for one, is not the issue. Women in the region outnumber men in pursuing university degrees by a ratio of 108 to 100. Nor is achievement the problem. Standardized test results show...
Woody
News Desk | The release of Woody Allen’s latest film was cast into doubt on Thursday after distributor Amazon Studios said it had not decided on a release date. The 82-year-old Oscar-winning director of comedies like “Annie Hall” and “Midnight in Paris” has traditionally released a new movie every year. But Amazon Studios said on Thursday it had not set a date...
CPEC
News Desk| The lack of formal government is leading to a downfall in the CPEC project. Recent updates on the revolutionary projects demonstrated by China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), show signs of undergoing a crisis. A number of the road projects exercised have been facing serious issues due to financial predicament. Local newspaper sources indicate that contractors had stopped working on...
YEMEN
Syria’s northern province of Idlib is home to the last major rebel bastion in the country, and part of it could be the next target of Russian-backed government forces. An operation looks imminent but may be limited in scope, giving more time for a deal with Turkey, which also has forces deployed in the area. How Soon? The Syrian army, having...
Hybrid War
M K Bhadrakumar | United States President Donald Trump’s much-awaited policy speech on the way forward in Afghanistan was disappointing. It neither fulfilled his campaign pledge to end the 17-year war nor amounted to a significant departure from his predecessor Barack Obama’s strategy. In reality, it was largely old wine in a new bottle. For a start, let us recapitulate the...
Elections
Dr. Farid A Malik | I have the honor and privilege of voting in all national elections since 1977. During my study period in the USA, my father the Tehrik-e-Pakistan Gold Medallist ensured that my name was included in the voter’s list. He then collected the polling station details instructing me to plan my trip accordingly. As we lived in Shadman...
NayaPakistan
Saad Rasool | Imran Khan was sworn in as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. Put another way: Prime Minister Imran Khan (just saying that sounds surreal) assumed the highest office in our land, and commenced the process of building the promised #NayaPakistan.  Let us take a moment to recognize the incredulous story of Kaptaan a story of resilience, perseverance,...
CSS
Lalarukh Wahid Cheema - 45th Common | It does not matter how big or small your dreams are, but what matters is you should constantly be working to make them a reality. This story may not include any CSS preparation tips or guidance but here is a little life tip. Never give up on your dreams just because people around...
TIC Analysis | Google has decided to part ways with Huawei, banning the company from further using its globally popular Operating System; the Android. Google made the move to conform to Washington’s decision to put Huawei on the so-called “Entity List”. “We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications,” a Google spokesperson said on Monday, 20th May. “For users of...
Shanza Faiq
TIC Analysis | Shanza Faiq is the candidate who topped the CSS 2018 examinations. More than 11,887 candidates took the exams and only 567 were able to qualify.  She did her BA LLB from Lahore University of Management Sciences and then completed her LLM from the University of Warwick in 2017. “My story is very different from the rest of the people,”...
holiday
News Desk | Behind historic success, there is a painful backstory. Most people hear one side of the story and hear nothing about what had happened beyond the scenes. We should remember the fact that behind every snippet of success, there are many struggles and failures that are never heard of. You might have seen students taking expensive coaching classes to clear the...
Human Rights
TIC Focus l International community tries to make sure that human rights are safeguarded. For this engagement and promotion are two of the most important tools that are used. Besides these other options are also there for the states, individuals and NGOs. At times it happens that states are unable to perform duties as a responsible entity. Under these circumstances...
actors
News Desk | An Indian filmmaker took to Twitter and spoke about Pakistani-Norwegian filmmaker IramHaq'smovie ‘What Will People Say’ that has been submitted by Norway for the 91st Academy Awards (also known as Oscars) for the category of best film in a foreign language. Dholakia appreciated that the film tells the story of a Pakistani teenager and stars Indian actors. “Cinema transcends...
Jawad Falak | The attacks in Brussels, Belgium have shaken the entire globe. These militant attacks follow a car bomb blast in Berlin that killed a single person and the devastating attacks in Paris France that caused the deaths of 130 people in November 2015 as well as the earlier Charlie Hebdo attacks and a siege in a Parisian kosher...
Jawad Falak | Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party in the crucial state elections in Karnataka but fell short of a simple majority, triggering confusion and intense political maneuvering. Elections were held for 222 seats on May 12 while polling for the remaining two will be held later. Celebrations started early Tuesday with...
Trump
M K Bhadrakumar | On the eve of the ASEAN summits in the Philippines, diplomats from the United States, Japan, Australia, and India met in Manila on Sunday to discuss the issues of security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. The only precursor to the quadrilateral format in Asia-Pacific – American slang is “Quad” – was when these four countries (plus Singapore)...
Proxies
Jawad Falak | 16 December 2018 marked the 47th year since the fall of Dhaka to the Indian Army in the war of 1971. The war which started with the backing of terrorist elements known as the Mukti Bahini culminated in an illegal Indian invasion of Pakistan’s vulnerable eastern portion then called East Pakistan. The tactic of terror used by...
Kulbhushan Jadhav
Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav of Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) is sentenced to death by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under Section 59 of the Pakistan Army Act, 1952, ISPR. In an application filed in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday, India stated that Pakistan has repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav, a press release issued...
The maritime sector of any country holds pronounced benefits for its inhabitants and directly contributes in national development. Yet, there is little public awareness about the gravity of the maritime sector of Pakistan. The popularity of CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) exposed legal standing of maritime sector of the country and its rights and obligations affiliated therein. This phenomenon...
Japan
News Desk | At least 10 people have been killed by Typhoon Jebi, the worst storm to hit Japan in 25 years. Jebi left a trail of destruction across the west of the country, hitting major cities like Kyoto and Osaka. Flights, trains, and ferries were canceled but thousands of passengers stranded at Osaka's international airport have since been evacuated. As the...
plastic
It is high time the provincial governments came up with a firm timeline to phase out plastic products generating highly harmful waste that causes serious damage to the environment, especially to the marine ecology near the Pakistani coastline. Speakers of a seminar, titled ‘Impact of plastic pollution on our life’, demanded that a deadline should be given by the governments...

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