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The battle of etiquette

The battle of etiquette

Is technology changing the nature of audience behaviour? Or is this behaviour specific to a particular culture, time and place? As England played their matches in the World Cup soccer in Moscow, the fans back in Britain supported their side fully while being glued to their mobile phones. It so happened that they refused to switch off their phones even ... Read More »

Water wars

Water wars

Water mismanagement can lead to national and international conflicts Experts have been warning about water scarcity turning into a nontraditional security threat, and now military experts, including DG ISPR, have also alerted the nation that future wars would be fought on the issues of water. Unfortunately, it seems that these wars would be fought both within and across international boundaries. ... Read More »

Fighting corruption

Fighting corruption

Multi-pronged approach needed to root out corrupt practices National Accountability Bureau (NAB), along with other state institutions, is pushing hard to process the cases and references on corruption. The case related to overseas properties acquired through apparently ill-gotten wealth by a former prime minister and his family has been decided by a court. Speedy action has been initiated against another ... Read More »

NFC Award, taxes and new government

NFC Award, taxes and new government

The taxation rights under the prevalent constitutional scheme need reconsideration allowing provinces to raise adequate resources In the recent months, many noted economists and reputed analysts have showed with facts and figures that the 18th Constitutional Amendment and 7th National Finance Commission (NFC) Award are harming fiscal stability. In a recent write-up, it is insinuated that “the imbalances triggered by ... Read More »

Someone Should Tell Donald Trump About America’s High Tariffs

Someone Should Tell Donald Trump About America’s High Tariffs

In accusing other countries of cheating the United States, the president misleads the public about a complicated subject. To hear President Trump tell it, every other country in the world is taking advantage of the United States by selling milk, cars, steel and other products to America while refusing to buy made-in-the-U.S.A. merchandise. His ceaseless complaint about trade — with ... Read More »

Social media and elections

For a stable democratic society, the importance of a free and fair election cannot be denied. The credit for raising political awareness among people after a long struggle goes to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Political analysts are of the view that young activists of the PTI are utilising social media in a very efficient manner to convey the party’s message throughout ... Read More »

Poverty and local governance

New War

Poverty lies at the household level. This is why we need meticulously designed household-level solutions to address its multifaceted nature. This is, of course, not an easy undertaking, given the nature of the governance structure that is primarily shaped to deliver extension services. Local government departments have neither the mandate nor the functional capacity to engage in providing household-level private ... Read More »

Peace in de-nuked Korean Peninsula

Peace in de-nuked Korean Peninsula

China’s crucial role Days after North Korea lambasted the US for its “gangster-like behaviour”, US President Donald Trump expressed his confidence that his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong-un, will honour the contract they both had signed for denuclearising North Korea. “I have confidence that Kim Jong-un will honor the contract we signed and, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed ... Read More »

Are politicians really serious about the climate?

Are politicians really serious about the climate?

PAKISTAN may already be on the brink of an environmental disaster, but political parties seem to be in no hurry to formulate a cohesive strategy to avert it. Although the environment and climate change are considered national security issues, politicians are simply not ready to understand them, said Dr Muhammad Irfan Khan, an environmental scientist and professor at the International ... Read More »

SPECIAL REPORT: Populism versus pragmatism

SPECIAL REPORT: Populism versus pragmatism

With the future of democracy apparently fairly secure in Pakistan, the young electorate is learning to focus on the quality of the exercise. The growing awareness and citizen activism in an age of vibrant social media mean political parties can no more treat the election agenda as a ritual. Despite efforts by all parties to articulate a distinct position, the ... Read More »