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Archive for September, 2017

INTERPLAY BETWEEN ECONOMY AND SECURITY

A strong connection between the country’s prosperity and military power or put simply, economy and security are two sides of the same coin; without political stability, without security and without peace it is difficult to develop an economy. An economy will only thrive when there is security for the people. The economy needs a secure environment for development while security creates the pre-conditions for sustainable economic growth and integration into regional and global economy. Without security chaos and confusion will result with violence creating its own economy for its sustenance (smuggling, narcotics trade, land mafia, extortion, ransom, etc). In today’s world a strong economy translates into greater military power, the weaker the economy the weaker is the military power.

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ENVIGORATING ECO

Because of superpower rivalry and evolving geopolitical circumstances a group of countries of this region are coming together in a natural economic alliance.  The regional economic integration of trade, including both goods and services, and investments can potentially unleash dynamic paths of growth and development. Established in 1985 as a substitute for the US/UK-inspired Regional […]

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PAKISTAN AT 70

Thanks to the untiring efforts of former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and a former Finance Minister of Pakistan Shahid Javed Burki, Research Professors at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), NUS and ISAS hosted a Workshop on Sept 11 on “Pakistan at 70: Politics, […]

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THE ACCUSED EXCUSED

Those really guilty are shedding crocodile tears at the judgement pronounced in the Ms Benazir murder case while laughing themselves all the way to their billion dollar sinecures spread all over the world. One must quote extracts from “Taking up the Sword”, (outskirts Press 2013) written book by security professional extraordinary Randall Bennett of the US Diplomatic Service, Regional Security Officer (RSO) in Karachi from 1998 to 2002 and then the Senior RSO in Islamabad from 2007 to 2008. An outstanding individual by any conceivable measure, Randall’s credibility is way above par. Readers can draw their own conclusions about who are the real guilty person/s.

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SIRAJUDDIN AZIZ, BANKER EXTRAORDINARY

Sirajuddin Aziz’s well-researched articles on “Management” have been compiled together in a must read book “Emerging Dynamics of Management” for bankers and non-bankers alike will be launched in Karachi on Sep 8, 2017. An honest, forthright, soft spoken and very seasoned banker Sirajuddin Aziz has an excellent understanding and grasp over his subject matter. Those with extensive experience in “hands on” management are seldom effective in translating that into written knowledge as well as Siraj has done. Having the rare gift of being an effective communicator. One was fortunate to be a colleague on the board of a major bank of this honest and thoroughly professional corporate giant for over a dozen years.

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THE STREETS OF INTIMIDATION

Expecting a whitewash from the SC, former PM Nawaz Sharif literally went berserk on being “blackwashed” as untrustworthy and untruthful by the PanamaGate verdict. Furiously attacking the Supreme Court (SC) judges, he and his supporters claim that the SC verdict had reversed the vote of the Pakistani people. Involving the streets of Punjab besides the media in condemning the superior judiciary confirms no change in his mindset (or character) since the physical attack on the SC by his supporters doing “Bhangra” inside the SC, particularly Courtroom No. 1, in 1998 almost twenty years ago. The proposal to limit the effect of Articles 62 and 63 to five years or less is absurd.

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