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OIC’s Makkah Summit

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan attends a summit meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi holy city of Mecca in the early hours of June 1, 2019.  The OIC meeting is the third and final summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this week, aimed at galvanising support among Arab and Islamic nations against arch-rival Iran, which has close ties with Turkey. / AFP / BANDAR ALDANDANI

OIC’s Makkah Summit Objectives, Achievements and Challenges By Mairaj ul Hamid Nasri Inaugural meeting of the 14th Summit of Millat-e-Islamia’s sole representative “Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)” was held on May 31st in the holy city of Makkah. The summit ended up with the signing of an MOU among the heads of states/governments of Muslim-majority countries. OIC, the second largest ... Read More »

Think Availing the Tax Amnesty

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Think Availing the Tax Amnesty No place to hide! Bilal Hassan In view of a largely undocumented economy, the government has introduced a tax amnesty to enable all citizens of Pakistan, except public office holders and their dependents, to declare their undeclared assets and incomes. Under this amnesty, taxable persons may declare benami assets, foreign liquid assets, bank accounts, undisclosed ... Read More »

The Menace of Honour Killings in Pakistan

Pakistani civil society activists carry placards during a protest in Islamabad on July 18, 2016 against the murder of social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch by her own brother.
The brother of a murdered Pakistani celebrity said he is "not embarrassed" to have killed her, as Qandeel Baloch's death reignited polarising calls for action against the "epidemic" of honour killings. The strangling of Baloch, judged by many in deeply conservative Muslim Pakistan as infamous for selfies and videos that by Western standards would appear tame, has prompted shock and revulsion. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI        (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Menace of Honour Killings in Pakistan There is no honour in killing! Abdul Rasool Syed Woefully speaking, women in our country are subjected to various kinds of abuse and persecution. Rape, domestic violence, forced marriage, acid attacks and honour killing are the most common injustices that a Pakistani woman has to face in our patriarchal society. Of all these ... Read More »

The SCO’s Bishkek Summit

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The SCO’s Bishkek Summit Pakistan’s Growing Prestige in International Arena The 19th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) was held in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, on 14 June. Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan; Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi; President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev; President of China, Xi Jinping; President of ... Read More »

Pakistan Economic Survey 2018-19

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Pakistan Economic Survey 2018-19 Overview of the Economy The macroeconomic stability is a fundamental pre-requisite for sustained economic growth. Pakistan’s economy has experienced frequent boom and bust cycles. Typically, each cycle comprised of 3-4 years of relatively higher growth followed by a macroeconomic crisis which necessitated the stabilization programs. The inability to achieve sustained and rapid economic growth is due ... Read More »

Current Political Situation of Pakistan

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Current Political Situation of Pakistan Zainab Zahra The politics in Pakistan is done within the framework established by the constitution of the country. The country is a federal parliamentary republic in which provincial governments enjoy a higher degree of autonomy and power. Executive power is vested in the federal cabinet which is headed by the prime minister – the head ... Read More »

Constitutionality Of The Police Laws And The Sindh Revival Of Police Order Bill, 2019

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CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE POLICE LAWS AND THE SINDH REVIVAL OF POLICE ORDER BILL, 2019 Kamran Adil Constitutionality and Justice Sector The justice system of Pakistan is not showing signs of resuscitation as it is neither providing ‘justice’ nor acting as a ‘system’. Many factors have contributed to this state of affairs. The very orientation of the ‘system’ needs to be ... Read More »

Budget Brief 2019-20

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Budget Brief 2019-20 Muhammad Sulaiman Social Indicators Facts about Pakistan Economy 5th most populous country in the world 23rd largest in the world in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) 40th largest in terms of nominal gross domestic product. Nominal GDP per capita of $1,357 in 2019 (ranks 154th ) PPP GDP per capita of 5,839 in 2019(132th) Undocumented economy ... Read More »

The Federal Budget 2019-20

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The Federal Budget 2019-20 Rarely if ever, except perhaps during the initial years after our independence in 1947, has Pakistan faced such dire economic straits as those that confront it today. Consequently, the template of the federal budget was cast by the IMF programme terms that the country recently agreed with the Fund at the staff-level and has duly complied ... Read More »

Why Technocracy is the Only Way Out?

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Why Technocracy is the Only Way Out? Amjed Jaaved With change of guards at the SBP, and with removal of a bureaucrat from the post of FBR Chairman, and appointment of a technocrat to take his place, a surreptitious technocratic coup d’état seems to be underway in Pakistan. This development also suggests that the current setup of the country is ... Read More »