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Comment, by invitiation: Don’t let Chinese imports kill Pakistan’s local industry

Comment, by invitiation: Don’t let Chinese imports kill Pakistan’s local industry

From time to time, Dawn will invite a key stakeholder in business and economic matters to share his or her views about a large issue facing Pakistan’s economy. This week we invite Ehsan Malik, CEO of the Pakistan Business Council, a think tank and business advocacy body composed of the largest private sector businesses in Pakistan, including multinationals, to share ... Read More »

Importance of literary criticism

Importance of literary criticism

As theories of literary criticism in Urdu are being maligned and violently discarded, here’s an attempt to unravel the reasons Literary criticism in general and contemporary Urdu criticism in particular has been under fire in the last few years. Instead of instituting a serious debate on the theories in vogue, their epistemological roots, and efficacy in interpreting literary texts, their ... Read More »

A partnership coming apart

A partnership coming apart

The intensified Pak-US relationship of the past is now in a new downward spiral. Is the current round of restrictions on diplomats on both sides discriminatory or reciprocal? Historically, the United States has imposed travel restrictions against foreign diplomats that were from states it considered as hostile. Usually, it did that to reciprocate. For the State Department, imposition of restrictions ... Read More »

A scrapped nuclear deal

A scrapped nuclear deal

Pakistan would come under renewed pressure from the Saudis not to offer any help to Tehran while Iran would expect Pakistan to at least remain neutral Pakistan has managed a delicate balancing act in its relations with its neighbour Iran and old friend Saudi Arabia, but this difficult task would become even more challenging in the wake of the recent ... Read More »

‘In Pakistan, half-baked policies fail to feed the starving economy’

‘In Pakistan, half-baked policies fail to feed the starving economy’

LAHORE: Pakistan’s economic policies frequently fail because stakeholders mostly tend to live with compromised decision instead of hashing out the issues to the bare bones and arriving at sustainable long-term solutions that are broad in their spectrum of benefits. Globally the economic issues particularly relating to businesses are given high importance. The different economic ministries work in cohesion and complement ... Read More »

World in Focus (March – April 2018)

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National  Mar 16: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had an unscheduled meeting with US Vice President Michael Pence at US Vice President’s residence at the US Naval Observatory. Mar 16: WWF-Pakistan and Pakistan Customs signed an MoU to work together through innovative means to curb the illegal wildlife trade in Pakistan. About WWF-Pakistan 1. WWF-Pakistan was formed in 1970. 2. ... Read More »

SOCIETY: HOW ARE WE DOING?

SOCIETY: HOW ARE WE DOING?

If the purpose of development is to improve the wellbeing of people, then it seems logical to think of it as a measure of the response to the question, “How are you?” Yet, it is unlikely that citizens anywhere will respond to that question by telling you the prevailing rate of inflation, the Gini coefficient, or even their national Gross ... Read More »

The Bangladesh success story

The Bangladesh success story

Despite dismal initial economic conditions, Bangladesh has unfolded a new and remarkable Cinderella story as its economy has staged a turn-around, leapfrogging over its much more affluent peers Bangladesh is reportedly on the verge of becoming the next Asian tiger, while Pakistan — arguably its political nemesis — has been chasing that mirage almost ever since the former’s birth. After ... Read More »