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Pakistan at a Crossroads

Pakistan at a Crossroads

Pragmatic policies required to move forward Pakistan is standing at a crossroads. It seems so obvious that Pakistan is at a point where it has to decide its future: how should relations with USA and China fare, how to improve relationship with India (and should they even be improved); what is the right path to take with Iran, how to …

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Governance in the light of the 18th Constitutional Amendment

Governance in the light of the 18th Constitutional Amendment

Introduction Pakistan as a country is faced with many challenges. One of the key challenges is of ‘governance’, the term which defies definition. For discussion, a working definition by the Canada-based Institute of Governance may be used here. It states: “Governance is how society or groups within it, organize to make decisions.” Based on this definition, the governance in Pakistan …

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How to deal with India

How to deal with India

Pakistan must acquire interests and instincts of a reviving economy Pakistan’s relationship with India has remained among one of the most contentious in the world. If for nothing, both are especially influential at containing each other, at least. For hawks across the borders, their mutual enmity and distrust of each other form the most important and even the sole support. …

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Building a Knowledge Economy

Building a Knowledge Economy

A sine qua non of benefitting from the Fourth Industrial Revolution We are living in exciting yet challenging times. We are in the era of knowledge economy wherein knowledge rather than material resources is considered an asset. Advancements in the field of information technology have brought us to a wondrous stage of human history where a huge amount of knowledge …

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Changing Dynamics of Kashmir Issue

Changing Dynamics of Kashmir Issue

Sanity must prevail With each passing day, human rights violations committed by Indian forces in Kashmir are increasing. And, there are no signs of abatement in the near future, mainly because the world powers are mere silent spectators. Use of ruthless power by Indian forces is giving rise to incidents of killings, abductions, forced disappearances and blinding and damaging of …

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Twelfth Five-Year Plan

Twelfth Five-Year Plan

Tax to GDP ratio projected from 15% to 20% In the recent past, massive changes have been introduced to the taxation regime. To ensure exchange of information in tax matters so as to prevent evasion and avoidance of tax through cross-border trade and financial transactions, Pakistan signed OECD’s Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (MCA) on 14th …

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How to Fix the Pakistani Economy

Pakistani Economy

By: Dr S Akbar Zaidi Economic reform without political consensus is impossible By now, it is abundantly clear that the Pakistani economy is not working, at least not for the overwhelming majority of the people in the country, and perhaps not even for the politically well-connected rent-seeking elite for whom the entire economic structure has been distorted in the first …

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The Successful Endeavour of AMAN-19

The Successful Endeavour of AMAN-19

Collaborative security in the Indian Ocean “Control of the sea by maritime commerce and naval supremacy means predominant influence in the world; because, however great the wealth product of the land, nothing facilitates the necessary exchanges as does the sea.” —Alfred Thayer Mahan American Naval Strategist Pakistan Navy successfully hosted the sixth multinational maritime exercise “Aman-19” in Karachi from 8 …

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CPEC and Agriculture

CPEC and Agriculture

Opportunities we need to capitalize on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of multi-billion dollar Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), has emerged as a vivid manifestation of the strong strategic Sino-Pak cooperation. It has rekindled a hope about the revival of the dwindling economy of Pakistan through investment in infrastructure growth, power generation, industrial development and upgrade of Gwadar …

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GILGIT-BALTISTAN and INTERNATIONAL LAW

GILGIT-BALTISTAN and INTERNATIONAL LAW

The constitution is a living document; it is more so as the judiciary keeps interpreting it. On 7th January 2019, a seven-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan rendered its judgement in a case titled “Civil Aviation Authority us. Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit Baltistan etc.” (Civil Aviation Case-2019) wherein the Court touched upon a multitude of subjects including the …

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