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July 2017

World in Focus (May-June 2017)

NATIONAL May 16: The Senate of Pakistan approved the draft of Companies Act 2017, replacing 33-year-old Companies Ordinance, 1984. May 16: Pakistan signed an MoU with the Alibaba Group to promote country’s worldwide exports by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through e-commerce. May 16: MSCI, a New York-based company, announced the upgrade of Pakistan’s status to the emerging market (EM) ... Read More »

Prospects for and hurdles to Peace in Afghanistan

Afghanistan, a war-torn country, yearns for peace. Life in Afghanistan has been paralyzed. Its economy is in tatters – almost ninety percent of its GDP comes from foreign funding. Unemployment ratio is skyrocketing as almost fifty percent of its population is unemployed. In Afghanistan, suicide bombings, bloodshed and massacre of innocent people have become rampant. The Taliban and al-Qaeda have ... Read More »

FAKE NEWS & THE POST-TRUTH WORLD, How to avoid the anathema

“We ought to be suspicious of persuasive speakers and the appeal to emotions.”— Plato The rise of ‘fake news’ sites, internet filter bubbles, and the ever-increasing polarisation of society have given rise to the idea that we are living in a ‘post-truth’ world. Post-truth is what dominates the current political and cultural conversations. Facts are up for dispute, even if ... Read More »

PREVENT HEPATITIS It’s up to you, World Hepatitis Day 2017

Advertisements in the form of wall chalking in the nook and cranny of Pakistan as well as print and electronic media campaigns convey a clear message that the menacing the viral infection named hepatitis is rapidly spreading in the country. However, most of these ads come from those individuals, organizations and companies that cause more and more health complications for ... Read More »

An Exclusive Interview with Mr Khalid Rahman, Executive President Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad

China’s plans for global connectivity and the role Pakistan is set to play in this regard are the true ‘game-changer’. Executive President Institute of Policy Studies, Mr Khalid Rahman,  has vast experience in research, conducting policy discussions, training and management. The main focus of his research has been on the national and regional politics, Pak-China relations, madrassah and gender studies. ... Read More »

What AILS Afghanistan?

At least 150 people were killed and hundreds injured on May 31 when an explosives-laden truck ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarters. The grisly attack took place in Zanbaq Square in Kabul’s 10th district, close to government offices and foreign embassies. There was no immediate claim of responsibility by any terrorist group. Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Taliban, said that ... Read More »

In our foreign affairs, as in our domestic life, truth hurts

Though most of the people won’t have come across a chance to see a chameleon, they would, surely, have some idea of it. It’s a great species in that it upskills humans to make them learn some basic instincts of survival. According to biologists, the key behind chameleon’s survival rests in its amazing ability to fade into background and disappear. ... Read More »