Haniya Ali

Haniya Ali is pursuing her Bachelor's in Government and Public Policy from National Defence University, Islamabad.

The First Battle of Panipat

Written by Haniya Ali 7:00 pm

The First Battle of Panipat, which took place on April 21, 1526, is remembered as a turning point in Indian history. Sultan Ibrahim Lodi’s forces and the Mughal Army under Mughal emperor Babur (a descendant of Genghis Khan and Timur) fought a titanic battle. This crucial conflict changed the course of history by establishing Mughal control in the Indian subcontinent. Interestingly enough, the Mughals introduced gunpowder-powered weapons and field artillery to the Indian subcontinent in this fight, setting new standards for warfare at the time.
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SadaPay: Reshaping Digital Payments in Pakistan

Written by Haniya Ali 8:19 pm

The State Bank has granted numerous licenses to encourage digital financial services as a result of which Pakistan has seen substantial growth and innovation in the digital payment sector. SadaPay, an indigenous fintech firm that is transforming digital payments in Pakistan, is one such noteworthy player to have entered the market. SadaPay was founded with the goal of building a financial ecosystem that gives people and businesses access to quick, safe, and reliable digital payment options.
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The Chinese Spy Balloon that Lurked Overhead the US

Written by Haniya Ali 8:43 pm

In February, China’s spy balloon—about 200 feet tall with high-tech equipment—was shot by a US fighter jet. This foreign surveillance sparked anger on part of the US, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken canceling his visit to China.
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President Macron’s Possible Trip to China

Written by Haniya Ali 1:48 pm

France and its allies in the EU made the decision to stand by Ukraine as soon as the Russia-Ukraine conflict started on 24th February 2022. According to sources, French President Emmanuel Macron believes that his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, could act as a mediator to stop the large-scale land conflict from resuming in Ukraine. Macron plans to visit China in April to reportedly discuss trade and energy issues, as well as the wider ramifications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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The Case of the Twitter Files

Written by Haniya Ali 2:15 pm

In December 2022, Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, released the Twitter Files—the company’s internal emails, documents, and Slack conversations that revolve around company rules and critical decisions made before Musk took over. Twitter’s controversial decision to censor the New York Post’s article on the information obtained from a laptop allegedly owned by Hunter Biden, the son of US President Joe Biden, is particularly significant here.
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The Kempirabad Reservoir: Achieving Depth in Kyrgyz-Uzbek Relations

Written by Haniya Ali 8:35 pm

A shared border has geopolitical and geoeconomic dimensions of its own, which then brings our attention to the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border. The land isn’t the main issue in this case—eyes are more on the Kempirabad or Andijan reservoir located where Kyrgyzstan’s Osh region and Uzbekistan’s Andijan region meet. An agreement on the joint management of the reservoir was signed just last month by both states.
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The Irony of Europe’s Burqa Ban

Written by Haniya Ali 1:00 pm

Where some nations mandate veils and the burqa, there are others that forbid it. Haniya Ali reviews the legislation and policies outlawing the burqa in a few European countries that are seemingly free—and “champions of human rights”— i.e. Denmark, France, Norway, Spain, and Switzerland.
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Germany’s Relations with Taiwan under the One China Policy

Written by Haniya Ali 12:31 pm

When it comes to Taiwan, Germany finds itself in a dilemma. Should it recognize Taiwan as an independent state or adhere to Beijing’s One China policy? Haniya Ali assesses Germany’s options and argues that since Berlin cannot go against China, it has adopted a moderate approach in its dealings with Taiwan. While condemning China’s Taiwan policy, it has supported Taiwan’s integration into international organizations without breaching the One China policy.
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Pakistan’s Performance in the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games

Written by Haniya Ali 8:18 pm

Every four years, the Islamic Solidarity Games is organised for the athletes of OIC countries, serving the greater purpose of uniting and enabling communication among the OIC states. The fifth edition of the games was held from 9th to 18th August 2022 in Konya, Turkey. Pakistan’s players participated in the games, winning gold in the men’s javelin throw and a bronze medal in para table tennis.
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Tunisia’s New Constitution: A Stronger President but a Weaker Country

Written by Haniya Ali 12:31 pm

In times of economic uncertainty, unemployment, and poverty, President Kais Saied seemed like the only hope for the citizens of Tunisia. However, Saied’s new constitution has only made matters worse. Haniya Ali assesses the changes in the constitution, noting that it has increased the presidential powers, creating a system where the president has little to no accountability. On the other hand, Tunisia’s economy is still suffering, and with it, so are the people.
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