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August 2020

Impact Assessment of Tax Amnesties on Documenting Economy

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Impact Assessment of Tax Amnesties on Documenting Economy   Bilal Hassan Tax amnesties are introduced, largely, to allow for inclusion of non-documented economy in a country’s taxation system by encouraging taxable persons to declare unreported or underreported foreign as well as domestic assets; to revive economy and spur growth by encouraging a tax-compliant economy; to raise tax revenue for fiscal ... Read More »

Global Value Chain Development Report 2019:

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  Global Value Chain Development Report 2019: Technological Innovation, Supply Chain Trade, and Workers in a Globalized World Brief Summary and Relevance to Pakistan Omer Hussan Bajwa Brief Summary The Global Value Chains Development Report 2019, a joint publication of World Trade Organization, Institute of Developing Economies and four other institutions, deeply and comprehensively analyses global value chains (GVCs) along ... Read More »

Burgeoning Population of Pakistan A Ticking Time Bomb?

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Burgeoning Population of Pakistan A Ticking Time Bomb? Faridullah We are living in a century of population explosion where the time bomb of rising population is on ticking mode, and is approaching fast its threshold level.  Our sheer indifference towards the issue—itself an issue—has only made the situation worse. And, Pakistan still does not seem to have population control measures ... Read More »

Israel’s Annexation of West Bank An ill-conceived move that violates international law

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Israel’s Annexation of West Bank An ill-conceived move that violates international law Aftab Abbasi As a fulfilment of the pledge he made during his election campaign, Benjamin Netanyahu, the incumbent Prime Minister of Israel, announced to kick-start the process to annex Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank on July 1. However, in the face of the ... Read More »

India-China Territorial Dispute in Perspective

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India-China Territorial Dispute in Perspective Mustansar Hussain Tasir Amidst their historical territorial rivalry and divergent regional and global outlooks, a rapid rise of China and India on world stage has further added to their existing geopolitical and geo-economic contest. Various international observers see their quest for absolute dominance in their overlapping spheres of interest and influence in different perspectives. Keeping ... Read More »

HUMAN NATURE-CUM-CONSTITUTION

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HUMAN NATURE-CUM-CONSTITUTION Mawra Raja This write-up argues that there are two misconceptions about constitutions. Firstly, that they are rules governing state organs either through text or system. Secondly, that if the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973, is replaced with Western ideals/ provisions, only then can real change come about in our system. The fact of the matter is that constitutions are ... Read More »

10 things to know about Hong Kong National Security Law

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10 things to know about Hong Kong National Security Law Zafrullah Saroya On June 30, China’s sweeping new national security law for Hong Kong took effect in the global financial hub. It is expected to mark the biggest change in the freewheeling former British colony since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Early assessments of the law, whose content ... Read More »