Daily Archives: September 9, 2018

World unprepared for next financial crisis: ex-IMF chief


September 9, 2018

The world is less well equipped to manage a major financial crisis today than it was a decade ago, according to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a former chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In an interview with AFP, the now-disgraced Strauss-Kahn — who ran the fund at the height of the 2008 financial meltdown — also said rising populism across the world …

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Pakistan qualify for SAFF Cup semi-finals after 13 years, beat Bhutan 3-0


September 9, 2018

DHAKA: Pakistan made it to the SAFF Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2005 after they beat a struggling Bhutan side 3-0 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday. The Green Shirts’ status in the last-four was confirmed later when hosts Bangladesh were knocked out on goal difference after Nepal beat them 2-0 and went through to …

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SPECTACLE: THE INNER GLOW


September 9, 2018

Chinese lanterns have come a long way from their traditional spherical shape, made from paper or silk and decorated with golden symbols or calligraphy and tassels. We Pakistanis would glimpse them usually only at Chinese restaurants. Still the principle is the same as they are all lit from inside bringing out a glow. But they don’t stop at red and …

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SMOKERS’ CORNER: THE RISE OF THE MILITANT BARELVI


September 9, 2018

Over the years, a large percentage of analysis penned on the issue of religious radicalisation in Pakistan, has almost squarely concentrated on the proliferation of the more belligerent strands of the Muslim Sunni Deobandi and of Wahibi sub-sects. Even though both are minority sub-sects in Pakistan, they began to enjoy strategic state support from the 1980s onwards — especially when …

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Inclusive Pakistan


September 9, 2018

The writer is a security analyst. AFTER the despicable Gojra riots in Punjab’s Faisalabad district that targeted Christians living in the area, a few Muslim scholars attempted to grapple with the issue of constitutionalism in Pakistan. The disturbances had badly damaged the country’s image. It was 2009 when Pakistan faced the maximum number of attacks for any year. The scholars …

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Russian, Syrian jets pound Idlib after Tehran summit failure


September 9, 2018

AMMAN: Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded towns in Syria’s opposition-held Idlib province on Saturday, a day after a summit of the presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia failed to agree on a ceasefire that would forestall a Russian-backed offensive. Idlib is Syria’s last major stronghold of active opposition to the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. At least a dozen air …

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Bumblers or just brazen? Spotlight on Russian military spy agency


September 9, 2018

PARIS: It seems like a spy film parody two burly Russian agents staying in a low-end London hotel and doctoring a perfume flask with deadly nerve agent, oblivious to the security cameras filming them along the way. The operation to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain was either botched, or intentionally obvious. But experts say it’s hallmark GRU, the Russian …

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