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January 2021

The Education Dilemma of Pakistan

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The Education Dilemma of Pakistan Education is the road to national development. Being a dynamic force, a viable education system enables a nation to achieve its national goals. Since its inception, Pakistan, being a developing country, has been facing critical problems in its education sector. Perhaps, this is the reason why the system of education has failed to meet the ... Read More »

The Ballooning Circular debt

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The Ballooning Circular debt Transmission and distribution parts of the supply chain of Pakistan’s power sector are exclusively owned, managed and operated by the public sector whereas the production sector enjoys contributions from both public and private companies. At the generation level, WAPDA, KESC, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission are generating electricity from an installed generation ... Read More »

SCO INDIA-PAKISTAN RELATION can it build the bridges

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SCO INDIA-PAKISTAN RELATION can it build the bridges Since the ancient times, alliance system has been into the international arena, perhaps because of the fact that it provides an assurance of firm support and commitment by the other. However, with much of the polarization in the realm of international politics, relations among states have also been revamped. Alliances and organizations ... Read More »

Recent Facilitative Measures for Taxpayers

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Recent Facilitative Measures for Taxpayers Facilitation of taxpayers is largely measured in terms of ease of filing and paying taxes. Time to comply, number of tax payments, total tax and contribution rates and post-filing index are the indicators used to assess ease of filing and paying taxes in a tax jurisdiction. The number of payments indicator includes the total number ... Read More »

Covid-19 and Eradication of Poverty

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Covid-19 and Eradication of Poverty The World Bank Group, in its recent biennial report “Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2020: Reversals of Fortune,” has predicted that between 88 million and 115 million people could fall back to poverty line in 2020 due to Covid-19. It was becoming increasingly unrealistic to expect that the goal of reducing extreme poverty to less than ... Read More »

Policing Strategies and Police Reforms in Pakistan

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Policing Strategies and Police Reforms in Pakistan Police reforms have been a part of larger governance discourse in Pakistan over the years. Over three dozen initiatives/reports/commissions have produced wealth of knowledge in the domain that has contributed towards basic literature on police reforms in the country. The thrust of these reforms’ material, on analysis, will reveal that their focus has ... Read More »

Pakistan-China Defence Pact

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Pakistan-China Defence Pact on November 29, Pakistan and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further deepen cooperation between the two countries’ armies. The MoU on enhancing cooperation between the two armies came against the backdrop of regional security situation. Pakistan and China have already strategic partnership and recent changes in the region further pushed the two ‘all-weather iron ... Read More »

Is Plebiscite in Kashmir Workable?

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Is Plebiscite in Kashmir Workable? When Britain liquidated her Indian empire, the question arose: to whom would power be transferred? This was settled by a process of election. The Indian National Congress won an overwhelming majority of votes in Hindu‑majority areas and the All-India Muslim League did the same in Muslim‑majority areas. Through a tripartite agreement concluded by Britain, the ... Read More »

Covid-19 as a National Security Crisis

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Covid-19 as a National Security Crisis. By and large, Covid-19 has forced all states to revisit the conventional understanding of national security. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, most analysts have been discussing its far-reaching impacts on global healthcare systems, socioeconomic well-being, and existing national security priorities of countries throughout the world. Although national security has featured infrequently in the ... Read More »

Covid-19 and Emerging Educational Trends in Pakistan

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Covid-19 and Emerging Educational Trends in Pakistan The role of governments is the key to mitigating the disruptive impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on education in terms of both delivery and outcomes. Effective response guidelines for governments stress the need to plan for long-term disruptions and strategic adaptation, and to coordinate and communicate with, as well as support, the education ... Read More »