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World in Focus (DEC-19 JAN-20) National

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National  Dec 16: The Supreme Court of Pakistan held that Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa would stand retired after six months unless parliament allowed him extension of tenure by amending the relevant army laws. Dec 16: A European group the ‘EU DisinfoLab’ uncovered a network of obscure NGOs and think tanks that assist over 200 ... Read More »

How to Combat Climate Change in Pakistan

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Justice Gulzar Ahmed The 27th Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed was born on February 2, 1957, in Karachi, to Noor Muhammad, a renowned lawyer of that time. Justice Ahmed completed his elementary schooling from the city’s Gulistan School. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Government National College, Karachi, after which he ... Read More »

World in Focus (NOV-DEC 2019) National

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NATIONAL Nov. 16: The Lahore High Court (LHC) allowed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad initially for a period of four weeks, extendable on the basis of medical reports. Nov. 16: The tenth session of the European Union-Pakistan Joint Commission concluded in Brussels, Belgium. The European Union offered technical assistance to Pakistan for implementation of the Financial Action ... Read More »

World in Focus (NOV-DEC 2019) International

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International  Nov. 16: US President Donald Trump granted full pardons to two American military officials and restored the rank of a third—although all three were found guilty of committing war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Nov. 16: Finland qualified for the Euro 2020 finals—first major tournament in their history—with a 3-0 win over Liechtenstein. Nov. 17: Dubai Air Show 2019 ... Read More »

For good governance, Pakistan needs civil service reforms

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For good governance, Pakistan needs civil service reforms. But which reforms are the right reforms? Pakistan ranks within the bottom third percentile of all countries included in the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators. More worrying for government policymakers is the fact that over the past two decades there has been little improvement in these key indicators such as government effectiveness, ... Read More »

Pakistan’s National Tariff Policy – a positive step

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Pakistan’s National Tariff Policy – a positive step ISLAMABAD: There is no constituency for free trade in Pakistan. While the rest of the developing world has largely embraced free trade, notwithstanding recent protectionist tendencies in the United States, Pakistan has not made much progress in that direction. According to the National Tariff Policy (NTP) 2019, Pakistan has been unable to ... Read More »