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Nuclear Black Market in India; should the world be concerned?

On June 3, 2021, Indian security forces apprehended seven people and seized 6.4 kilogrammes of uranium from their possession, marking the second time in less than a month that authorities have seized a big quantity of radioactive material from unlicensed individuals. Last such incident occurred on May 5, 2021, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, …

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Afghanistan’s Power vacuum and its implications for the Region

As the final U.S. troops leave Afghanistan and the United States shifts its focus from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific, there is a drive to rework the region’s foreign policy calculations. America has been the pivot around which regional politics have played out since it overtook Britain as the primary external power in the …

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India’s Social Media War in the lieu of Surveillance and Control

Social Media is a tool, platform, and stage for all those who want their voices heard. Meanwhile, the same tool has been used by activists, movements, governments, agencies, etc, to create waves of change. One such recent example is of the resistance movement that came from Palestine and spread like wildfire over the whole social …

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Erroneous Priorities of the Pakistani Government: Human Security on the Back Burner

Erroneous Priorities of the Pakistani Government: Human Security on the Back Burner

While the representatives of the state are constantly engaged in verbal onslaughts, public interests have been jeopardized. Since independence, human security has not been prioritized by any government of Pakistan. Instead, territorial security was the cornerstone. Recently, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported that Pakistan ranks 10th amongst the largest arms importers of the …

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Pakistan Day 23rd march

Pakistan day: The Construction of National Identity through Ritual and Spectacle

Pakistan is set to celebrate Pakistan Day on 23rd march through a military parade at the capital Islamabad. The event celebrates the anniversary of the Lahore resolution of 1940 whereby Muslims of the subcontinent called for establishing an independent federation comprising provinces with a Muslim majority located in the north-western and north-eastern region of British-controlled …

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Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 in South Asia

The aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic has been mostly obstreperous. By the start of march 2021, there have been 117 million cases recorded, with almost 2.59 million deaths worldwide. While the lockdown enforced by the states, through their indigenous national government to curb the rapid proliferation of the virus has stunted the supply chains, halted …

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Celebrating 70 Years of Friendship between Iron Brothers

The year 2021 marks the seventy years of establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan. Over the past seven decades, the bilateral relationship between both countries has transformed from cordial neighborly relations to that of strategic partners. The phrase “higher than the mountains, deeper than the oceans, stronger than steel, dearer than eyesight, sweeter …

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Pakistan at the crossroads; fighting disinformation in 2021

Use of Disinformation or “fake news” as a weapon to polarize communities, create conflicts, and upset democratic systems, has been heightened in the social media infodemic. Initial calls for an alert on this infodemic came when political parties called out manipulation of the electoral results. They blamed disinformation as one of the major causes of …

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