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In Conversation with Kamran Ashraf, 6th in Punjab, PMS-2016

In Conversation with Kamran Ashraf, 6th in Punjab, PMS-2016

“Believe in yourself because none but you know where the shoe pinches.” Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background? Kamran Ashraf (KA): I got my early education in Chiniot, my native city. I did FSc (pre-engineering) from BISE Faisalabad with 88 percent marks. Later, I graduated in Mechanical Engineering from UET, Taxila. After …

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In Conversation with Nawab Sameer Hussain Laghari (PAS), Second in Sindh, CSS-2016

In Conversation with Nawab Sameer Hussain Laghari (PAS), Second in Sindh, CSS-2016

“The WTI provided me and my fellow students with a marvellous platform.” Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): First of all, please tell us about your educational background? Nawab Sameer Hussain Laghari (NSHL): I’ve done B.E in Electronics from Mehran UET, Jamshoro. JWT: Since everyone starts dreaming of a future career right from the childhood, what were your dreams? Did you always …

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Sports Diplomacy and the Trump-Kim Parley

Sports Diplomacy and the Trump-Kim Parley

Efforts Afoot to Solve the Korean Problem The year 2017 witnessed an unprecedented downward trajectory in US-North Korea relations. The successful conduct of the sixth, and the most powerful, nuclear test ever by North Korea, the test-firing of a slew of ballistic missiles including IBMs (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) that can carry nuclear warhead to the US mainland, exchange of naked …

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RECALIBRATION OF PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN POLICY

RECALIBRATION OF PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN POLICY

It’s time to take the right turn The National Security Committee (NSC), the highest civilian-military coordination forum in Pakistan, has resolved to recalibrate the country’s foreign policy, amidst the pressure building up in the context of inclusion of country’s name in grey list of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), followed by the visit of Ms Lisa Curtis, Deputy Assistant to …

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Factors that accelerate Informal Economy

Factors that accelerate Informal Economy

In Pakistan, the tax gap is estimated to be over 11 percent of GDP – a fact that signifies the huge potential for tax revenue. The tax authorities need to exploit this potential in order to mobilize additional tax revenue of more than Rs 3.3 trillion that will jack the tax-to-GDP ratio up from the current 11.5 percent to 23.3 …

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Blue Economy

Blue Economy

The wealth we must tap Our economic relationship with the ocean is once again evolving in important ways. As a setting for global trade and commerce, and as a significant source of food and energy, the ocean’s contribution is already important. This century, it is likely to become an economic force. The drivers are many and varied, but have their …

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Pakistan’s Formidable External Challenges

Pakistan's Formidable External Challenges

Undoubtedly, Pakistan once again is passing through a very critical phase of its history, surrounded as it is by formidable external challenges compounded by internal instability. Daily violations of LOC by India are a constant reminder of its military occupation of Kashmir in violation of UN Security Council resolutions and the threat posed by it to Pakistan’s security. On the …

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Pakistan Grey-listed by FATF

Pakistan Grey-listed by FATF

Bumpy Roads Ahead The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money-laundering watchdog, recently decided to place Pakistan back on its terrorist financing watchlist in June 2018. The United States fervently lobbied member countries of the FATF to place Pakistan on a so-called grey list of nations that are not doing enough to combat terrorism financing. Being on this list …

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The Munich Security Conference 2018

The Munich Security Conference 2018

By: Ali Ahmad Can the world come back from the brink? The Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2018 brought together statesmen, politicians, military chiefs, CEOs and human rights campaigners from across the world. Combatting terrorism, relations between countries and concerns over military confrontations by using nuclear weapons featured high on the agenda MSC. The participants debated for three days on the …

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TRUMP’S TRADE WAR BEGINS

TRUMP’S TRADE WAR BEGINS

By: Uzair Salman Imposition of punitive tariffs on steel and aluminium imports  Unswayed by warnings of a trade war, President Donald Trump, on March 08, ordered steep new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the United States, vowing to fight back against an “assault on our country” by foreign competitors. Flanked by steel and aluminium workers and key staff, …

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