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DEVELOPING FATA: WHERE ARE THE FUNDS?

DEVELOPING FATA: WHERE ARE THE FUNDS?

A day before the passing of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) Bill in the National Assembly, which proposed the merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at an event in Jamrud, Khyber Agency, rightly stressed that more important than the merger was the urgent reconstruction and development of Fata. It was ironic than that the ... Read More »

The crude art of petro-diplomacy

The crude art of petro-diplomacy

STRANGE are the ways of the crude world. Looking for a cue, the crude oil markets are currently focused on a football match and indeed for a reason. On the day Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) are scheduled to watch the inaugural World Cup soccer match between their two countries at Luzhniki ... Read More »

Democracy and governance

Democracy and governance

Pakistan’s urgent problems and challenges are all governance related. Dr Husain’s builds a strong case for understanding and confronting the crisis of governance in Pakistan in his new book Pakistan’s main issue has been its crisis of governance as manifested by a weak institutional framework. In nearly seventy one years of existence, Pakistan has been ruled by four governor generals, ... Read More »

Pakistan likely to become interchange station connecting China and Europe

Pakistan likely to become interchange station connecting China and Europe

BEIJING: Will Pakistan become a pragmatic bridgehead for China’s cooperation with Europe? It may be too early to say yes, but the country’s broad potential has attracted great attention as the EU pays great attention to strategic partners in the Middle East, especially to Islamic countries. Pakistan is one of the countries with the largest Muslim populations, so although it’s ... Read More »

Belt & Road initiative could increase global trade by 12 percent: Report

Belt & Road initiative could increase global trade by 12 percent: Report

ING’s report says countries in Central Asia and Eastern Europe would gain the most from BRI, however, benefits would be contingent upon where trade costs decrease LAHORE: A report says the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) could help in halving trade costs for countries involved in the project and increase world trade by 12 percent. A report prepared by ING ... Read More »

CPEC has changed the dynamics of Pakistan’s business & economic landscape

CPEC has changed the dynamics of Pakistan’s business & economic landscape

prevailing for years was causing an unrest among the public and casting negative effects on the country’s industries and other economic activities. Pakistan’s Ministry of Energy said that the completed CPEC power projects have brought a great change in the energy sector by bringing the power cut hours to zero form 12-14 hours a day in 70 percent of the ... Read More »

State must provide opportunities to budding entrepreneurs

State must provide opportunities to budding entrepreneurs

NORTHAMPTON: Entrepreneurship is crucial for any economy as it provides innovative and out-of-the-box solutions to effectively tackle some of the pressing problems that economies face today – be they in health, education, technology or environment. Entrepreneurs share ideas and trade with new markets bringing new ideas home from other countries, they facilitate job creation and help in technological innovation that ... Read More »

Five years in power – PML-N largely delivered on promises

Five years in power – PML-N largely delivered on promises

ISLAMABAD: For the first time in 30 years, since it was established in 1988, a PML-N government completed its term in the federal government last week. Largely given the mandate to govern the country to recover economic growth and gain energy security in 2013, the party’s economic performance is being intensely debated. Presenting highlights of the government, Prime Minister Shahid ... Read More »