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For Pakistan, Democracy Has Never Been A Luxury

For Pakistan, Democracy Has Never Been A Luxury

Recently, a former military dictator Pervez Musharraf made headlines. In an interview with BBC, he lauded the rules of former military dictators, saying, “Dictators set the country right … [and] military rule always brought progress to Pakistan.” Of course, he lied. But there is another trumped-up story, far terrible, told also by a former and the first military dictator, Ayub …

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DWINDLING TAX REVENUES, Major reasons for non-achieving of tax revenue targets

DWINDLING TAX REVENUES

Achieving tax revenue target remains the top priority of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). For this purpose, the FBR employs conventional and unconventional methods. However, historical data indicate that the FBR missed the tax targets for the most of fiscal years (FYs). For example, the FBR could not achieve even the revised tax revenue target of Rs 3.5 trillion …

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Foreign Policy Imperatives for Pakistan

Foreign Policy Imperatives for Pakistan

Pakistan has been in want of a pragmatic and well-articulated foreign policy since 2008. What is more worrying is that the PML-N-led incumbent democratic dispensation displayed an outright reluctance to appoint a competent and astute person as a full-time foreign minister for nearly four years. Because of Pakistan’s chronic foreign policy crisis, the world is rather unwilling to appreciate the …

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The Purpose of Education

The Purpose of Education

Every now and then a question arises in every educated person’s mind: what is the purpose of education? Most of us think it as a way to get job or learn some skills. To some extent, it is true that through education we learn skills to get a job or do some work. But, is it the sole purpose of …

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The BRICS Declaration Did China Ditch Pakistan?

The BRICS Declaration Did China Ditch Pakistan?

Recent weeks have been fraught with bad news for Pakistan. First, President Donald Trump accused that “Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror”. Then, came the declaration adopted by Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) at their summit in Xiamen. This caught much attention in Pakistan and the uproar was on two clauses in …

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The Woes of Criminal Justice System in Pakistan

The Woes of Criminal Justice System in Pakistan

The civil and criminal justice system in Pakistan has historically been confronted with complaints of inefficiencies, serious legal and procedural lacunas and inordinate delays. All these challenges in litigation of civil and criminal cases have, over time, become chronic and proverbial. These challenges in the law and justice system of Pakistan, however, need to be seen against the backdrop of …

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Some Suggestions on Election Reforms in Pakistan

Some Suggestions on Election Reforms in Pakistan

By: Mian Majid Ali After the disqualification of Mian Nawaz Sharif, the issue of electoral reforms has been a hot topic for media as well as the masses. Since people’s representatives perform the task of running the affairs of the state at federal, provincial and local levels, there ought to be some conditions that they must fulfil to be eligible …

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TRUMP BEWARE Pakistan’s luck playing China card is turning

TRUMP BEWARE Pakistan's luck playing China card is turning

By: Andrew Small At the lowest ebb of the last annus horribilis for US-Pakistan ties in 2011, soon after the special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan brandished the China card: if relations with Washington were going into a tailspin, Islamabad would turn to Beijing instead. But, China discreetly made it clear to both the United …

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Stability-Instability Paradox, and India’s Fourth Generation Warfare against Pakistan

Stability-Instability Paradox, and India's Fourth Generation Warfare against Pakistan

The stability–instability paradox is relatively a new concept in strategic studies and international relations. It was one of the several concepts evolved during the Cold War period to explain why “stability” at the strategic level between the two superpowers led to “instability” at the lower levels of the conflict. This paradox continues to remain a subject of intense debate even …

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The Forward-looking Agenda for Pakistan

The Forward-looking Agenda for Pakistan

Since Independence, not even a single Prime Minister of Pakistan could complete his full tenure of 5 years, despite the country spectacularly has come of 70 years of age. After the formation of Muslim League in 1906 in the united India, it was envisaged that Muslims’ rights would be preserved by the people of belongingness. However, despite having got an …

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