Archive for October, 2010

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Revoke or Revise APTTA: Bad for Pakistan

October 31, 2010

Under tremendous pressure from the US, Pakistan has signed the APTTA with Afghanistan. Almost every stipulation in the agreement is detrimental to to Pakistani business and security interests. The agreement has to be revoked and revised.

  • Afghanistan is bound to facilitate Pakistan transit trade with Central Asian countries, but it has instead imposed a number of restrictions on Pakistanis trading with Central Asian states via Afghanistan.
  • A Pakistani trader has to pay 2000-3000 dollars per container and it takes more than 15 days to complete cumbersome formalities.
  • Similarly, Afghan government charge 300 dollars from Pakistan traders per truck on transit consignment through Afghanistan from or to Central Asian states.
  • It would have bad impact on the local industry as well as Pakistani imports
  • Afghanistan imports vast quantities of black tea in excess of its  usage. The tea is later exported to Pakistan or smuggled into it hurting the local Pakistani businesses.

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Sino-Indian talks fail to resolve visa issue or renew defense ties

October 31, 2010
  • Sino-Indian talks fail to resolve visa issue, or renew suspended defense ties.
  • China will continue to refuse to honor passports of those born in Indian Occupied Kashmir or South Tibet (which Bharat calls Arunchal Pradesh).
  • China sticks to what Bharat sees as aggressive policy on Kashmir.
  • Defense ties remain suspended.
  • Border disputes are highlighted.
  • No progress on trade deficit.
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Indian overreaches on UNSC seat and FTA

October 31, 2010

Obama‘s “goal is to strengthen India-US cooperation, but standing between the recent heady past and a future full of promise is a highly problematic present,” wrote C. Fred Bergsten and Arvind Subramanian, director and senior fellow, respectively, at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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The most incompetent Railway Minister in the history of Pakistan

October 31, 2010

The Federal Minister of Railways, Mr. Ghulam Ahmed Bilour is the worst Railway Minister in the history of South Asia and  most probably the world. It was on his watch that the Pakistan Railways has lost more money than ever before. His incompetence is not limited to Railways, he is a failed politician too.

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Zardari is compliant to US, Musharraf was not: WSJ

October 30, 2010

NEW YORK – President Asif Ali Zardari has “aided the US military effort in a way his predecessor Pervez Musharraf, supposedly a pro-American strongman, never did,” The Wall Street Journal said in an article that urges the Obama administration to make good on its aid commitment to Pakistan.

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Can Talat Hussain save Dawn News

October 30, 2010

QUTAIBA-

Talat Hussain, the anchor of Tonight with Talat Hussian is leaving Aaaj TV. This is not news of tectonic proportions, but is does herald the rejection of the politics of the Dawn Group. The Dawn Group is in decline and needs a messiah to save it. It has now raided Aaj TV to save itself from political and media extinction. Nothing can save dawn.com and TV until and unless it gives up its agenda and changes its editorial content.

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The Ballot or the Bullet

October 30, 2010

 

by Malcolm X
April 3, 1964
Cleveland, Ohio

Mr. Moderator, Brother Lomax, brothers and sisters, friends and enemies: I just can’t believe everyone in here is a friend, and I don’t want to leave anybody out. The question tonight, as I understand it, is “The Negro Revolt, and Where Do We Go From Here?” or What Next?” In my little humble way of understanding it, it points toward either the ballot or the bullet.

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