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Not too late for anti-rigging protests for some PTI supporters

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 12, 2014. Islamabad – The transparency and fairness of the 2013 general elections appear to remain controversial for some political parties even a year after Pakistanis turned up at their local polling stations to vote. On Sunday, supporters of the Pakistan […]

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PM Sharif to visit UK in April

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 17, 2014. Islamabad – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit the United Kingdom later in April for a summit-level meeting with a focus on further improvement in Pak-UK bilateral trade, the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and […]

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UK supports Pakistan in fighting militancy

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 1, 2013. Islamabad – The United Kingdom (UK) is standing “shoulder-to-shoulder” with Pakistan in fighting terrorism and discussions are already under way on ways the British can help with implementation of the internal security policy recently announced by the Pakistani […]

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Targeted airstrikes against militants effects, dialogue not so much

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 28, 2014. Islamabad – The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have not responded positively to the government’s peace talks initiative but recent targeted airstrikes against militants in North Waziristan have been “effective”, according to Sartaj Aziz, the Adviser to the Prime Minister […]

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Musharraf arrest warrant to be served on Feb 3

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 2, 2014. Islamabad – Islamabad Police officials confirmed on Saturday they have received a bailable arrest warrant for former dictator Pervez Musharraf and said the warrant might be served on Monday. A special court constituted to try Musharraf for high […]

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Film challenges “official” narrative on military drone strikes

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 12, 2014. Islamabad  There is an apparent demand from human rights activists and some journalists to challenge the narrative pushed by officials on the military use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, especially the US drone strikes in Pakistan among […]

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Writ of the state to be established in tribal areas: Aziz

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 9, 2014. Islamabad – The federal government expects to restore control in all regions of Pakistan’s tribal belt soon, said Sartaj Aziz, the Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs. “We have restored the writ […]

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Islamabad local government bill protects bureaucracy status quo

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Dec 31, 2013. Islamabad – Here in the federal capital, where governments are formed and dissolved, where political deals are made, alliances broken, laws passed, and the fate of the nation decided in luxurious assembly halls, here the residents have long […]

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Aziz says better ties with neighbours necessary for peace and stability

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Dec 27, 2013. Islamabad -Better relations with regional neighbours and an attempt to tackle Pakistan’s domestic security challenges should be the country’s main objectives for foreign policy and national security respectively, said Sartaj Aziz, the Prime Minister’s Adviser to the Prime […]

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Land rights rally

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Oct 4, 2013. Islamabad – After the arrest of scores of their peers, collective voice of landless peasants and residents of katchi abadis rang across the federal capital on Thursday. The participants of the “Haq-e-Malkiat” or land rights rally, organised by […]

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