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How To Appreciate The Simple Things In Life

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As we go through life, we generally don’t directly experience what we come across because of 2 reasons:

1. Our attention is almost constantly on thoughts about the past and future.

Most of us can walk on a path every day and never notice the trees, the design of the houses, the texture of the path, the smell of the plants, or the sounds of the birds. The reason we rarely take notice of these sounds, sights, and smells in our daily lives is that our attention is almost continuously on our own thoughts about what happened in the past or what may happen in the future. And we can’t appreciate anything if aren’t giving it our full attention.

2. When we are seemingly giving attention to something (or someone), we are actually giving attention to our thoughts about it, and not to the thing itself.

If we look at a tree, our attention is on our thoughts about whether the tree is big or small, what type of tree it is, and whether we like it or not. When we meet a person, we don’t just experience…

Pakistan, China ink 51 MoUs worth $59 billion investment

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Pakistan and China on Monday decided to lift bilateral ties to all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation, hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived here on 20th April, 2015 in Islamabad Pakistan.

During the delegation-level talks held at the PM House, President Xi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreed to bring their relation to a new height.

According to the Chinese sources, they agreed for the up-gradation of bilateral relations in all fields of common interest. They decided to gear up for an expansion of cooperation in various fields, with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor high on the agenda.

The corridor is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking southwest Pakistan's deepwater Gwadar Port with northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

At least 51 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and agreements in different sectors, including energy, infrastructure, security and economic development were signed between the two countrie…

Yemen's Crisis: The Battle for Supremacy or Sectarian Hostility

25 مارچ کو یمن میں سعودی عرب نے فضائی مداخلت کا آغاز کیا تھا۔ سعودی عرب کا دعویٰ ہے کہ یمن میں موجود شیعہ حوثی باغیوں کو ایرانی حکومت کی مدد حاصل ہے۔

Natural Beauty of Skardu in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

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Skardu is one of the major tourism, trekking and expedition hubs in Gilgit–Baltistan in the extreme northern areas of Pakistan. The mountainous terrain of the region, including four of the world's 14 Eight-thousander peaks (8,000 m and above), attracts the attention of tourists, trekkers and mountaineers from around the world. The main tourist season is from April to October; except this time, the area can be cut off for extended periods by the snowy, freezing winter weather. Accessible from Skardu by road, the nearby Askole and Hushe are the main gateways to the snow covered 8,000 m peaks including K2, the Gasherbrums,Broad Peak, the Trango Towers, and to the huge glaciers of Baltoro, Biafo andTrango. This makes Skardu the main tourist and mountaineering base in the area, which has led to the development of a reasonably extensive tourist infrastructure including shops and hotels. However, the popularity of the region results in high prices, especially during the main trekking seas…

GB Election and PM's Visit to Gilgit

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On 14th April 2015, Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited Gilgit. Addressing a public gathering, the prime minister said “I have come here to give you development projects… Nawaz Sharif’s heart beats with people of Gilgit Baltistan”. He announced that Hunza, Nagar, Shigar and Kharmang districts will be created in the region besides forming a committee under the leadership of Mr. Sartaj Aziz to make recommendations for resolving the constitutional limbo in the region. The Prime Minister said that around 40bn rupees will be spent on widening and repair of the 75km long Jaglote-Skardu road. Mr.PM also announced construction of Henzal Hydro electricity project to address the electricity shortage in Gilgit city. He distributed 280 laptops amoung  the students of Karakuram International University and promised 1,000 more laptops for them besides establishing Baltistan University. PM also promised 2million loan for unemployed youth, more PIA flights for the region an…

Sufism Verses Extremism in Sindh

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In the history of sub-continent, the Sindh province has always remained the center of educational excellence, scholarship, reach civilization and ancient cultural heritage. During my affiliation with different organisations, I have been to almost all parts of Pakistan but I have never ever seen this much religious tolerance as i have observed in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Wherever i went to field visits and socialize a bit with local communities in different parts of Pakistan, they used to ask one question first after asking my name; that is whether i am a Sunni, Shia or non-Muslim. But Sindh is the sole place where people are more interested in cast and creed than my religious affiliation. As such, their second questions happen to be about my cast and creed not about my sect. I still remember that only one time someone asked about my religious affiliation in Kandhkot Northern Sindh.

I have observed that the reason behind all this religious tolerance in Sindh is just because of …

Anniversary of ZA Bhutto and Obituary of Education in Rural Sindh

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Now that when the Sindh Government of PPP have announced public holiday on the 36th death anniversary of ZA Bhatto today, it is befitting to revisit dynamics of rural Sindh and legacy of ZA Bhutto with special focus on the performance of his heirs and PPP in education sector in Sindh.

In the history of sub-continent, the Sindh province has always remained the center of educational excellence, scholarship, reach civilization and ancient cultural heritage. During my affiliation with different organizations, I have been to almost all parts of Pakistan but I never ever seen this much religious tolerance as i have seen in Sindh province of Pakistan. Wherever i went to field visits and socialize a bit with local communities in different parts of Pakistan, they used to ask one question first after asking my name; that is whether i am a Sunni, Shia or non-Muslim. But Sindh is the sole place where people are more interested in cast and creed than my religious affiliation. As such, their second …

ایران جوہری معاہدہ: مسئلہ ہے کیا؟

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ایران کے جوہری پروگرام پر دس برس سے زیادہ عرصے سے جاری مذاکرات بظاہر منگل 31 مارچ کو ختم ہو رہے ہیں۔ تاہم سوال پیدا ہوتا ہے کہ ایران کے جوہری پروگرام پر اتنے عرصے سے جاری مذاکرات کے اہم نکات ہیں کیا؟ دنیا کے سب سے بڑے تنازعے کا فیصلہ کن لمحہ آنے والے وقت میں جو بھی ہوتا ہے ایران اور بین الاقوامی برادری پر اس کے اہم اثرات مرتب ہو سکتے ہیں۔تہران اور مغرب کے درمیان ایران کے جوہری پروگرام پر کشیدگی ایک طویل عرصے سے جاری ہے، تاہم اگر منگل کو کوئی معاہدہ ہو جاتا ہے تو فریقین کے درمیان سفارتی تناؤ کم ہو سکتا ہے۔ لیکن دوسری جانب اگر یہ مذاکرات ناکام ہو جاتے ہیں تو یہ صورتحال بہت بگڑ سکتی ہے۔ جہاں تک خود ایران کا تعلق ہے تو اس کا کہنا ہے کہ وہ جوہری بم نہیں بنانا چاہتا، تاہم اس کا اصرار ہے کہ اسے ایک پر امن جوہری پروگرام کا حق حاصل ہے۔ اس کے علاوہ ایران یہ بھی چاہتا ہے کہ ان اقتصادی پابندیوں کو اٹھایا جائے جن کی وجہ سے اس کی معیشت بری طرح متاثر ہو رہی ہے۔ کئی ممالک ایران کی نیّتوں پر اعتبار نہیں کرتے اور انھیں خوف ہے کہ پتہ نہیں ایران جوہری ہتھیاروں حاصل کرنے کے بعد دنیا کے ایک غیر مستحکم ترین…