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July 2018

Jahangir’s World Times Magazine

Radical Tax Reforms

Radical Tax Reforms

Need for Making Tax System Equitable Income tax is the major levy in almost all the developed countries, which, therefore, have direct tax collection as the largest share in their overall national tax collection. In these countries, income inequalities are minimal and the living standards of the people are high, yet almost similar. A stranger hardly finds poor people in ... Read More »

THE PRESSING URGENCY FOR INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS

THE PRESSING URGENCY FOR INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS

What is the cause of sustained scientific, technological and innovative development in the West? What makes the West so advanced socially and economically, and better from the rest of the world? Why Western societies are politically stable enough to ensure continuity of democratic regimes for the last many decades and even centuries? Why do disasters cause surprisingly low number of ... Read More »

The Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018

The Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018

A Promising Start or mere eyewash? On May 24, the long wait for full citizenship of Pakistan for the residents of Gilgit-Baltistan finally ended after the local government formally promulgated the Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018. The piece of legislation, which received presidential assent on June 01, replaces the Gilgit-Baltistan Self-Governance Order 2009. While spelling out the provisions of the Order, the ... Read More »

National Internal Security Policy 2018-2023

National Internal Security Policy 2018-2023

On May 29, the outgoing PML-N government unveiled the National Internal Security Policy (NISP) 2018-23 to address terrorism, extremism and other crimes effectively. The new policy, which is the continuation of the NISP 2014-18, has ascertained Daesh as the biggest national security threat to Pakistan by saying that “[t]he emergence of Daesh in close proximity to Pakistan has raised new ... Read More »

Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Redefining the National and International Law Introduction Does the law constitute a state or does the state constitute the law? To this query, no binary answer can be proffered. Pakistan as a state, besides being a product of politics, was very much a product of constitutional law. Just days before the end of the constitutional period of the last PML-N-led ... Read More »

The Missile Race in South Asia

The Missile Race in South Asia

A tool to expand India’s hegemony  Proliferation of military technologies and unremitting arms race between India and Pakistan are the outcomes of the divergent threat perceptions of both countries. These perceptions are based on their respective competitive security narratives and, more importantly, their track record of unending hostility between them. Missile technology is among the major military technologies that eat ... Read More »

An Interview with Robert Einhorn

An Interview with Robert Einhorn

If Iran chooses to ramp up its nuclear capabilities quickly and provocatively, it will increase incentives for others in the region, particularly Saudi Arabia, to try to match them. Robert Einhorn An Introduction Robert Einhorn is a senior fellow in the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, both housed within the Foreign ... Read More »

China-Russia Security Cooperation

China-Russia Security Cooperation

Geopolitical signalling with limits The China-Russia relationship has global significance. Particularly when united, these two countries could pose a severe challenge to the US and to the broader liberal international order, a sentiment that was clearly articulated in President Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy published in December 2017. The two countries have increased and enhanced their political and security cooperation ... Read More »

The Middle East Theatre

The Middle East Theatre

A Concert for Russia and the World During the past decade and a half, the Middle East has got an increasingly important position in international relations. Developments taking place in this region at present have greater geopolitical and economic consequences for the rest of the world than in the Cold War era. This is not primarily due to the destabilizing ... Read More »

America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy

America's Indo-Pacific Strategy

Can it counter China? On 29th May, the United States military renamed its Pacific Command to Indo-Pacific Command. Although the plan was already disclosed, the announcement garnered worldwide attention for Washington’s Asia strategy. Analysis focused on the symbolic and real significance of the name change and many media outlets viewed the decision as Washington roping in India to exert more ... Read More »