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    The Last Zionists?

    The Last Zionists? Are the Palestinians the last Zionists? It would seem so. The situation of Israel has become surreal. Just as we Israelis are making a stupendous effort to ensure the dissolution of the Jewish state, envisioned by Theodor Herzl in 1896, by hanging onto the occupied...
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    Reformed sales tax bill clears first hurdle

    Reformed sales tax bill clears first hurdle ISLAMABAD: A Senate panel on Tuesday unanimously approved the contentious reformed General Sales Tax (GST) Bill 2010 in a giant, symbolic step before its final approval by the National Assembly (NA). The bill would be discussed in the NA...
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    N Waziristan operation: Kayani empowered to take final decision

    N Waziristan operation: Kayani empowered to take final decision ISLAMABAD: The government has authorised Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to take a final decision on when and how to launch a military operation in the North Waziristan tribal region, sources said. A...
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    ‘lashkarisation’ of the tribal society

    pak govt is depending on these armed tribal lashkars to assist them in WOT..if this policy backfires the consequences may be horrendous.. plz opine is it a correct policy or are we repeating our past mistakes? The futility of using lashkars In its exasperating fight against militancy, the...
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    ‘US-based group working to establish caliphate’

    ‘US-based group working to establish caliphate’ KARACHI: Pakistan’s security czar has revealed that an extremist group of US citizens of Pakistani origin – Jamaat-e-Islami (Sa’ee) – has been clandestinely working to establish an Islamic caliphate system in the world. “Imad Riaz, a...
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    Your favourite pesonality (living)

    whoz ur favourite personality n why?(1 or more) plz mention living n renowned ones..obviously frnz n family do appear in the list but mention someone famous n reasons for ur liking.. PS. by renowned i mean someone other than defence.pk members:lol: i hope it wont be an actor/actress etc for...
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    Tax panel asked not to venture into agriculture

    As usual politics n personal interests of elites of pakistan take precedence over much needed reforms..ah how long this will go on?:frown: Tax panel asked not to venture into agriculture By Mubarak Zeb Khan ISLAMABAD, Oct 28: While the international community is pushing...
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    SBP data defies flood loss claims

    Export of greens SBP data defies flood loss claims By Shahid Iqbal KARACHI, Oct 28: The recent devastating flood is said to have washed out crops, vegetables and fruits in 25 per cent of cropped area in the country but the export of vegetables and other perishables have gone up leaving...
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    Currency swap accord with Turkey soon

    Currency swap accord with Turkey soon By Syed Irfan Raza ISLAMABAD, Oct 13: Pakistan and Turkey on Wednesday agreed to consider a currency swapping agreement to improve economic cooperation and bilateral trade.The two sides agreed on the issue during a meeting between President Asif Ali...
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    Retrieving illlegal money from swiss accounts

    With help from the Swiss Untaxed funds belonging to Pakistanis and lying in Swiss banks can now be retrieved. By Huzaima Bukhari & Ikramul Haq ON Oct 1, the Swiss parliament passed the Return of Illicit Assets Act (RIAA) — a historic law aimed at facilitating developing...
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    China-India economic detente and pakistan..

    China-India economic detente By Shahid Javed Burki IN SPITE of the current slowdown in economic growth, Pakistan, by my count, is among the twenty eighth largest economy in the world. Among the world’s major emerging economies it is the only one that borders the two that are the fastest...
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    power subsidy breakdown??

    is it just a political statement or holds some weight?(the bold part below) can anyone plz provide how subsidies provided to power sector (pepco, nepra, wapda) are broken? IMF calls for debate on reforms in Pakistan By Anwar Iqbal WASHINGTON, Oct 7: The International Monetary...
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    India's Trickledown Revolution

    The Trickledown Revolution By Arundhati Roy The law locks up the hapless felon who steals the goose from off the common, but lets the greater felon loose who steals the common from the goose. —Anonymous, England, 1821 ON the 64th anniversary of India’s Independence, Prime...
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    Palestine-Israel peace settlement in one year! (Hillary Clinton)

    Israel and Palestinians to resume peace talks in Washington Hillary Clinton hopes a peace agreement can be reached within a year, in first direct negotiations since 2008 The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians would aim to...
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    Pakistan in 201_??

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    Floods devastate infrastructure Greater market access can revive economy

    Floods devastate infrastructure Greater market access can revive economy By Nasir Jamal LAHORE, Aug 10: Businessmen expect the government to demand greater access for their exports in the American and European markets as the worst floods in decades continued on Tuesday to displace...
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    Debt servicing claims $5.6bn

    Debt servicing claims $5.6bn By Shahid Iqbal KARACHI, Aug 6: Pakistan paid a staggering $5.6 billion as debt servicing during the last fiscal ended on June 30, which was 43 per cent of the official foreign exchange reserves of the country. The State Bank reported on Friday that...
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    Postcards from Hell

    Postcards from Hell Images from the world's most failed states. For the last half-decade, the Fund for Peace, working with Foreign Policy, has been putting together the Failed States Index, using a battery of indicators to determine how stable -- or unstable -- a country is. But as the...
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    Afghan wealth tempts India, China but hurdles remain

    Afghan wealth tempts India, China but hurdles remain By Sanjeev Miglani SINGAPORE: For all the lure of the mineral wealth believed to be lying untapped beneath war-ravaged Afghanistan, Asia’s two major economies, India and China, are not rushing in with pick axes and shovels just...
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    Turkey rethinking its place in the world

    Turkey's foreign policy Is Turkey turning? Turkey is rethinking its place in the world Jun 10th 2010 | ankara AT THE end of December 2008 Israel unleashed “Operation Cast Lead”, its bombing campaign against Gaza. Its aim was to counter rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas, which...

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