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From Oxford University to Kabul, the Story of an Afghan Girl

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Feshta Karim (25) “My education is in public policy and that’s why I want to work in Afghanistan.” Freshta Karim is 25 years old. She is from Kabul, Afghanistan. Her family moved to Pakistan after the Taliban took power but she remained in Afghanistan until 2002. Later she went to Britain to study. She recently returned to her homeland after graduating from Oxford University with a degree in Public Policy. She studied at this prestigious institute thanks to a Chevening Scholarship. She is one of the few Afghans to want to come back to this war-torn country after receiving an education. “My education is in public policy and that’s why I want to work in Afghanistan,” she told DW by phone from Kabul. “I understand why people leave but I do not want to. I have to stay here and improve the situation of my country.” In order to do this, Freshta launched a non-governmental organization last year. She wants to raise awareness about education and to inculcate critical thinking among young Afg…

Spy Chronicles: Raw, ISI and Illusion of Peace

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Pakistan’s army has ordered an inquiry into a former spy chief for co-writing a book with the ex-chief of an intelligence agency from arch-rival India that has stirred controversy on a range of issues.
With the election fast approaching, it is not business as usual in Pakistan’s electoral politics. Contrary to expectations it is not because for the second time in its history an elected government is passing on the baton to another. Unexpectedly the most stable mainstay of Pakistan’s real politic, the military, is for once not in the polity’s good books.
In a tale of many firsts for the boys, the list of charges against the military is rapidly getting longer. It has been targeted by Pahtun Tahafuz Movement for killing and abduction of Pashtun population. It has been blamed for running a vicious campaign against the three time elected - and as many times ousted - former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The latest dagger in its side however has been thrust from within the ranks. Spy Chron…

MALEEHA LODHI SPEAKS ON PAKISTAN U.S RELATIONS

Maleeha Lodhi is a well known expert on Pakistan and U.S. relations. I spoke to her about the complicated relationship between two countries and if she sees any improvement in ties among two countries.
Beenish: Is the recent engagement between Pakistan and U.S. officials, especially the visit of Marc Grossman to Pakistan, has helped in improving ties between two countries or not?
Maleeha:  The U.S. has not responded to many demands of Pakistan.  U.S has not offered an apology on Salala check post attacks, payments of Coalition Support Fund to Pakistan have not been made, and no agreement on drones have been made. The parliamentary recommendations are very clear on stopping drone attacks, but the U.S. has not agreed to stop them. I think it’s not only about opening up of NATO supply routes, the U.S. has not responded positively on what Pakistan wants. We have to see if the deadlock between two countries can be resolved or not? And whether the new terms of engagement can be…

NEW SHOW AT ARY NEWS

Islamabad is a city of diplomats. The team at ARY NEWS noticed that there was no show covering diplomatic activities in the city. ARY NEWS came up with the idea to start a new show called, Diplomatic Enclave. This show has different segments. All the segments are named differently. The segment called, Diplomacy, has an interview with a diplomat or with the foreign office spokesperson. The segment, Saqafti Sargarmian (Cultural Activites), include some cultural events arranged by different embassies, mostly on their national days. The segment called Aalmi Naza( World view), include all important news covered by international media world wide in the current week. Here are links of the last week's segments that has already gone on air. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_HLAchEtTM&context=C318aa1bADOEgsToPDskJg2Dd05e1O8-BA00k7na3g
 This segment includes a detailed analysis of Congressman Dana Rohrabecher's act of submitting a resolution in Congress, about separating Ba…

Roundup of Pakistan's Foriegn Policy

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The third episode of Diplomatic Enclave went really well. This episode includes a quick roundup of last week's news. A great report on Iran's cultural aspects and a report explaining the importance of this week's Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran Strategic Agreements. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLmuB81AROw

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DIPLOMATIC ENCLAVE

Islamabad is a city of diplomats. The team at ARY NEWS noticed that there was no show covering diplomatic activities in the city. ARY NEWS came up with the idea to start a new show called, Diplomatic Enclave. This show has different segments. All the segments are named differently. The segment called, Diplomacy, has an interview with a diplomat or with the foreign office spokesperson. The segment, Saqafti Sargarmian (Cultural Activites), include some cultural events arranged by different embassies, mostly on their national days. The segment called Aalmi Naza( World view), include all important news covered by international media world wide in the current week. Here are links of the two segments that have already gone on air.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVAgyaQ_3hg&list=UUS_oMLaaEiM13_HBJjZueHw&index=2&feature=plcp&noredirect=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK6ttRM87Fw&feature=related

Relations between Pakistan and India will improve, Mani Shankar Aiyar

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Here's a small video clip of Mani Shankar's interview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fSSQnsARGs&feature=youtu.be&a

Mani Shankar Aiyar is a known member of Indian Parliament. He has also served as Indian counsel in Karachi for three years in early 90s. I was fortunate to talk to him on his recent visit to Pakistan. He came to Pakistan with 15 other Indian Parliamentarians including , film star turned politician, Shaturgan Sinha. This was the third round of Parliamentary dialogue between Parliamentarians from both India and Pakistan. For this session, the main topic of discussion was how to improve trade between the two countries. Parliamentarians from both countries have devised a set of recommendations, which they will present to their respective governments.
                The current trade volume between Pakistan and India is roughly 2 billion dollars annually, this is a very low figure. According to many financial experts, the unregistered trade between India and Pa…