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A win for European Union in French election  


Whether it is the winds of fortune or poor sailing of his opponents, Emmanuel Macron is the new French president. Surprisingly, Macron did quite well in the second round and defeated Le Pen with a clear margin. Although his win was evident right from the very beginning of the election campaign, however, the margin with which he defeated his rival unequivocally speaks volumes for the disapproval of Le Pen’s ideas of France’s pulling out of the European Union.

Political turmoil in Europe By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Panama and Dawn leaks By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

The Supreme Court on April 20 finally announced the much anticipated verdict in Panama case after keeping it reserved for 57 days. The verdict has not closed the matter though as the majority has partially reserved its judgement at least until a thorough investigation by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which will present its report in 60 days. After the pronouncement of the decision, the PML N leaders and their supporters celebrated to their hearts fill their “victory”, and the Prime Minister House celebrations were even of greater fanfare and fireworks!  Perhaps PML-N leaders and supporters had every reason to celebrate this decision because it saved them from disqualification of the prime minister.

Political turmoil in Europe By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Political turmoil in Europe By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Europe is passing through turbulent times these days mainly because of general elections in many EU states and partly because the UK has finally invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty thereby triggering the Brexit. Scotland parliament, in an unprecedented move, announced to hold second referendum for independence from UK – a move the British government would like to resist tooth and nail.

Landmark ECO Summit by Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

The Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) Summit in Islamabad on March 01 was indeed a significant event particularly from Pakistan’s stand point because despite some forces that tried to sabotage and create instability within the country, the summit was indeed held and generally met its objectives. Tremendous credit must go to the countries whose heads of state and government came to attend the summit despite the volatile situation in our country after a spate of terrorist attacks that took scores of precious lives. Likewise, kudos to our government and our foreign policy bosses for successful holding of the summit, even if it implied having a fortress defence for the capital, Islamabad. Of course much more needs to be done to facilitate and host similar summits in order to promote a peaceful image of Pakistan both at home and abroad.

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Testing times for America under Donald Trump by Ansar M Bhatti

Within a little over a week in the Oval Office, Donald Trump perhaps the most controversial President in the making, has already started making headlines. A flurry of executive orders continued unabated, giving birth to innumerable controversies and heated debates. Hitherto, he is regarded as a man who wants to turn America into a fortress by erecting walls and ex-communicating with the outer world, in the name of protecting and preserving the national interest of America and the Americans. Analysts fear, with this ostrich-like approach of Mr. Trump could lead towards alienation of the US both at home and aboard.As Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, thousands of protesters showed up near the inauguration ceremony to express their disapproval for the new leader.  The protesters tried to block the access to the inauguration venue.

The year 2016 in review

Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Yet another tumultuous year comes to an end! 2016 witnessed some very interesting events both in the diplomatic as well the political arena. At the diplomatic front, we witnessed change of guard as the Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Rodolfo Martin J Saravia left Pakistan after completing a very long tenure. As a Dean his tenure remained full of fun, challenges and controversies also. Despite all the ifs and buts his tenure as the Dean set some unique precedents making it a Herculean task for his predecessors to follow.

Ambassador Rodolfo went an extra mile to transform the office of the Dean into a “state within the state” and in some measure he accomplished this task – courtesy elements that made optimum use of his good offices to make inroads in the diplomatic community. A good majority of the diplomats were not very happy the way Ambassador Rodolfo gave a new complexion to the otherwise nondescript office of the Dean.  

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Plea bargain law NAB and political wheeling-dealing

By Ansar Mehmood Bhatti

The plea bargain law of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is not something new as one gets an impression from the media reports and reaction of rank and file as well as political parties,emanating from the plea bargain settlement of NAB with the ex Balochistan Secretary Finance,  Mushtaq Raisani who has offered to pay Rs 2 billion. Raisani case snatched public attention when over 700 million rupees cash was recovered from his house. Corruption and politics unfortunately go hand in hand in Pakistan. More aptly said by the renowned British journalist Emma Duncan in her book Breaking the Curfew that Pakistan is a country where corruption is systematic and has deeply penetrated into higher echelons of the society.