Author Archives: Malik Muhammad Ashraf


Malik Muhammad Ashraf

Food security

Farmer and consumer friendly policies Agriculture is the mainstay of the economies of majority of the countries including Pakistan. It provides employment opportunities for their workforce, produces raw materials for their industrial


Malik Muhammad Ashraf

Regulating medical products

It is universally recognised that health is the most important ingredient of human resource development and indispensable propeller of the socio-economic progress of any country. It is considered the foremost duty of


Malik Muhammad Ashraf

The Malala Day

An honour for Pakistan The 10th of November, observed as Malala Day throughout the world under the auspices of the United Nation, was indeed a great honour for Pakistan. The observance of


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Truth will out

Where will the disgraced generals and politicians hide now? The beauty of the truth is that it cannot be suppressed for ever. The world history is replete with people in authority committing


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Enemies of democracy

Let justice be done upon them The Supreme Court decision in the Asghar Khan case is a subject of great interest among the intelligentsia, legal community, politicians and the media with regards


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Kashmir dispute

Let them decide their own future The landing of Indian troops in Srinagar on 27 October, 1947, on the basis of an instrument of accession, which the Indians claim was signed by


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ECO and its potential

Pakistan needs to explore its options   In the post-World War II era, economic integration among the countries having geographical proximity and complimentary economies, is acknowledged as the best arrangement to exploit


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The Balochistan conundrum

The other side of truth The snow-balling insurgency in Balochistan is the most debated subject in media, among political circles and the intelligentsia, more so since the appearance of Akhtar Mengal in


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A realistic paradigm shift

Recalibrating Russo-Pak relations A few weeks ago, Asian Development Bank – the major financier of Diamir Bhasha dam – reportedly refused to provide finances for the project maintaining that since the dam


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Check and balance

Who is usurping whose role? It hardly needs to be emphasized that in the countries that have written constitutions— delineating powers between the state pillars i.e., executive, parliament and judiciary— peace, tranquility


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Pipe dreams?

We must, perforce, find alternatives to TAPI and IPI Reportedly, Pakistani and Indian gas giants Interstate Gas System (Private) Ltd and GAIL respectively have signed a Gas Sale Purchase Agreement (GSPA) with


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Playing politics

While there are bigger issues at hand We are back to the crass politics of nineties marked by intense polarisation and political vendettas. The brand of politics that not only culminated in


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Overestimating ourselves

We’re no match for the US The parliamentary recommendations for re-engagement with US, in the wake of Salala attack, realistically speaking reflect our chronic obsession with overestimating ourselves and playing to the

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