Sep 132017
The saner option

Often, people get into the presidential vs parliamentary form of the government. They fallaciously believe that a presidential form will end constituency politics. This is to clarify this misconception. The presidential form does involve constituency politics in the very essence as in the parliamentary form. Without a clear majority in parliament, the president is an ineffectual official. For instance, in the US, President Trump has 52 seats in the Senate while 48 seats belong to the Democrats. Because of this slight majority, bills will pass from the Senate. Therefore, Trump face robust hurdles in passing the bills. Bills that relate to Mexican border wall, repeal of Obamacare, better relations with Russia, foreign military involvement and taxes haven’t been passed to date. In fact, Trump unwillingly signed the legislation imposing further sanctions on Russia and limiting his own authority to lift them. His growing helplessness is evident from his tweets. The following is his recent tweet: “The Senate must go to a 51 vote majority instead of current 60 votes. 8 Dems control Senate. Crazy! 3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down.” While both the forms have their advantages and disadvantages, the advocates of the presidential form must understand that the problem actually lies in the implementation of the system and not in the system. Mumtaz Ali (Mardan)

Sep 072017

A policy of respect, not criticism, should be followed when it comes to Pakistan, according to the United Kingdom’s Labour Party chief Jeremy Corbyn. The comments referred to US President Donald Trump’s August 22 speech in which he accused Pakistan of providing safe havens to terrorists while unveiling the new US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia. “Pakistan must be treated with respect, and all countries should avoid criticising it,” said Corbyn, leader of Britain’s main opposition party, during an interview with BBC Urdu. War on terror: If we fail, region fails: Gen Bajwa “All the countries of the world should make all-possible efforts for the eradication of terrorism,” Corbyn said. He went on to add that Trump’s proposed increase in the number of US troops in the war-torn Afghanistan is a continuation of previous failed policies in Afghanistan. “I do not support it. The solution to the Afghan crisis is a political dialogue,” he added. Pakistan only country on course to achieve success against terror: Asif Speaking about the Rohingya crisis, Corbyn said he respected Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and would remind her that “when you were under house arrest, we held marches for you and supported your struggle for human rights. Now you should also respect the human rights of Rohingya Muslims the same way…and ensure that they get their full rights as citizens and not be expelled from their homes”. The post World must treat Pakistan with respect: Jeremy Corbyn appeared first on The Express Tribune.

Jul 072017

HAMBURG: Donald Trump pressed Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday on allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election in their eagerly-awaited first face-to-face talks, according to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “The president opened the meeting with President Putin by raising the concerns of the American people regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election,” Tillerson told reporters after the meeting on the sidelines of the G20 in Germany. “They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject. The president pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement, as I think he has done in the past,” Tillerson told reporters. Trump, Putin in first showdown at headstrong G20 Tillerson, who was present at the marathon two-and-a-quarter-hour meeting in Hamburg, said also that the two leaders “connected very quickly” at their talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit. “There was a very clear positive chemistry between the two,” Tillerson told reporters. “There are so many issues on the table… Just about everything got touched upon… Neither one of them wanted to stop,” he said. “I believe they even sent in the [US] First Lady at one point to see if she could get us out of there, but that didn’t work either… We did another hour. Clearly she failed!” Trump’s Indonesian business partner summoned over alleged threats Tillerson’s counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said separately that Trump “accepted” Putin’s denials of any involvement in the US election. “President [Read More…]

Apr 162017
Cakes and bombs

On Thursday (Apr 13), the US dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. It is a historical fact that the US dropped two atomic bombs in Japan during World War II. The Japanese people are still suffering from its effects. After that, many countries including Russia and the US used weapons of mass destruction during multiple conflicts. While all weapons are dangerous, cluster bombs pose a particular threat to humanity for two reasons: 1. They have a wide area of effect. 2. They have left behind a large number of unexploded particles which can remain dangerous for decades after the end of the war. Cluster bombs fall under the general rules of international humanitarian laws but are not specifically covered by any currently binding international instrument or treaty. In view of the mass destruction caused by such bombs, it is hoped that the international community would ban such weapons of mass destruction. In the race of building weapons of mass destruction and to win wars most nations use such bombs. Some human rights groups and conscientious individuals are working tirelessly to speak up against the use of such war weapons. These people and organisations must be applauded for their unrelenting efforts to improve human conditions and getting rid of dangerous and destructive weapons. No human being can support the use of this most destructive biggest bomb by President Trump. The bomb was dropped while he was eating chocolate cake at the dinner reception in honour of the Chinese president. Javaid [Read More…]

Mar 302017
Pakistani immigrant to join California lieutenant governor race

A Pakistani-born doctor announced Wednesday that he is joining the 2018 race for lieutenant governor of California, US on a platform of saving the Affordable Care Act, providing free community college education and fighting what he termed “Donald Trump's hate.” “President Trump continues to attack people like me: immigrants, people of colour and Muslims,” Dr Asif Mahmood said at a news conference in front of the downtown federal building in Los Angeles that houses a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office. Dr Mahmood belongs to the Ahmadiya community, according to a news publication that deals with the community's affairs. “I say President Trump has it all wrong. It's time to get tough on hate. California must be the leader of the Trump resistance, and I will fight him every step of the way.” The pulmonologist said he came to the United States because he wanted his family to live in a place “that celebrates diversity and tolerance.” Born in a small, rural village, Mahmood moved to Kentucky in the 1990s to complete medical school. He came to Southern California in 2000 and lives near Los Angeles with his wife and three teenage children. As a first-time candidate, Mahmood's challenge is to build a statewide coalition, potentially anchored to civil rights. He starts as a virtual unknown and Muslims make up a tiny percentage of people living in California. To be competitive and grow beyond a niche candidacy, he must craft a message that resonates with the large, diverse pool [Read More…]

Mar 282017
Kohli ? the Donald Trump of sport?

The just-concluded Test series between India and Australia won’t be forgotten anytime soon, thanks to the non-stop bickering between the two sides which continued well into the last day of the fourth and final Test. Things turned particularly nasty when Australian media recently labelled India captain Virat Kohli as the ‘Donald Trump’ of world sport. “The Indian captain is a law unto himself with no one – not even the ICC or his own board – holding him accountable for his continual perpetuation of fake news,” wrote The Daily Telegraph’s Ben Horne. The bashing came after Kohli took aim at Australian media for their style of questioning following the third Test over whether or not Aussie skipper Steve Smith mocked India’s physio Patrick Farhart after he worked on Kohli’s injured shoulder. Source: The Australian The misunderstanding arose after incorrect claims emerged that Smith mocked Kohli’s shoulder injury during the Test, while in fact TV footage showed it was a teammate’s hand on Smith’s shoulder as players celebrated Kohli’s wicket. Kohli, however, continued to attack his Aussie counterpart. “Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media as a means of trying to hide the egg smeared right across his face,” Horne wrote. Meanwhile, another war of words broke out on social media as Indian fans defended their captain against the comments. Even high-profile Bollywood celebrities couldn’t keep away from the drama. Bollywood great Amitabh Bachchan quickly came to Kohli’s rescue. T 2471 – Aussi media calls Virat, Donald Trump [Read More…]

Feb 012017
Trump?s order

President Donald Trump’s executive order that immediately banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – from entering the US met with a lot of criticism. In reaction to this order, many protestors gathered around different airports to show solidarity with the people who have been detained at airports. The lawyers are also being seen in action in order to fight for the rights of stranded people – their right to live in the country. It is interesting that the country that bombed and slaughtered the people in these countries is now introducing a ban on citiziens of these countries. On the other hand a large number of people have come forward to support each and every American without any discrimination. This new ‘order’ has shaken the nerves of the people of this country. Well, Mr. President Trump if your country hadn’t attacked their territories, they wouldn’t have to enter any other land. Saroj Rizwan Khan Karachi

Jan 292017

Hollywood producers named musical La La Land the best film of 2016 on Saturday at a ceremony marked by criticism of United States President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The big win by La La Land at the 28th annual awards set up the film, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, as an odds-on Oscar favorite, after it scored a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations earlier this month. The Producers Guild of America (PGA), which is among the leading industry organisations representing makers of movies and TV shows, also named Zootopia best animated film, O.J.:Made in America best documentary and Netflix’s Stranger Things top television drama. Oscar-nominated Iranian director to miss ceremony after Trump’s Muslim ban Musician John Legend, who starred in La La Land, criticised the new president’s executive order placing curbs on people arriving in the United States from certain Muslim-majority countries, which spawned protests and confusion across several US airports on Saturday. “We encourage everybody out there to speak out against it,” Legend said. Introducing the splashy, colourful musical, Legend said, “Our vision of America is directly antithetical to that of President Trump. I want to specifically tonight reject his vision and affirm that America has to be better than that.” Accepting the award, La La Land producer Marc Platt continued in a similar vein saying, “It is the power of cinema fueled by free artistic expression that cannot be denied, that has no borders, and will never be banned from our hearts, our minds and our souls.” In past years, PGA best film winners have often [Read More…]