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Narcotics and Sentence

Narcotics and Sentence

The Control of Narcotics Substances Act, 1997 (hereinafter the Act), is a special law. The object of the Act, inter alia, is to control the production, processing and trafficking of narcotics, etc. In order to find sentencing trends of different courts on narcotic substances, the Lahore High Court (LHC) carried out a survey. The information gained through the survey showed …

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Understanding Preconditions for Voluntary Tax Compliance

Understanding Preconditions for Voluntary Tax Compliance

Taxes are widely used to support a range of government policies besides raising revenue for balancing budgets. Normally, taxes are levied to promote desirable economic and social activities and to discourage those activities that are considered harmful by a society.  Economically and socially, direct taxes, owing to their neutral and progressive nature, are preferred over indirect taxes. Like many other …

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The Cure for Pakistan’s Climate Change Woes

The Cure for Pakistan's Climate Change Woes

How to tackle the most daunting challenge As a non-traditional security threat, climate change has continued to pose daunting challenges to Pakistan. The pressing issue of global warming jeopardizes a country’s future economic stability and security. The devastating floods of 2010 and 2011 and the extreme heatwave of 2015 have indicated that the state should brace itself for more natural …

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A Brief Review of Land Reforms in Pakistan

A Brief Review of Land Reforms in Pakistan

Introduction Land signifies different things to different segments of society. Whatever use it may be put to, land is, succinctly, a repository of capital, fertile source of wealth, vehicle of getting into the socio-political mainstream, agency of gaining political leverage, instrument of getting let-in into the corridors of power and means to climbing up the higher rungs of the ladder …

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Iran’s Push to Pakistan on IP Project

Iran's Push to Pakistan on IP Project

By: Khurram Sajjad  Cooperation is the best way forward In October 2017, Iran wrote a letter to Pakistan for resumption of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, though it paid no heed to Pakistan’s request for revisiting the price. The letter is a fresh bid to push ahead with the long-stalled gas pipeline project, especially following persistent pressure from Saudi Arabia and …

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The State of Education

The State of Education

On need to prioritise education reforms Quality education is the most powerful weapon for change, but the successive governments in Pakistan have been largely indifferent to the need to equip people with the power of effective education. Sadly, despite great importance of education in today’s globalised world, there are still around 24 million out-of-school children in the country and the …

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Ease of Doing Business Index

Ease of Doing Business Index

How difficult is to do business in Pakistan? The World Bank has released its annual report “Doing Business 2018” that contains information on business regulations in 190 countries of the world. It measures how close each economy is to global best practices in business regulations. It has ranked Pakistan at 147th position on its Ease of Doing Business Index. In …

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Court Marriage in Pakistan

Court Marriage in Pakistan

By: Urooj Bashir Few days back, while surfing on the internet, I came across some websites and Facebook pages on which lawyers across Pakistan offer their services for arranging the “court marriages” to the interested people. Some of them even offered to keep it “secret from general public”. They discussed the ages, documents, expenses and other related information in a …

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The Competition of Pakistan and India in Afghanistan

The Competition of Pakistan and India in Afghanistan

  Pakistan’s interests must be protected India and Afghanistan have joined hands against Pakistan and China’s joint venture, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Chabahar Port, which India is constructing in Iran as a counter to Pakistan’s Gwadar Port, is being portrayed as a competitor and an alternative to CPEC, and a better option for routing Afghanistan’s transit trade. Besides opportunities for …

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Rule of Law

Rule of Law

A prerequisite for democracy After the ouster of former prime minister, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, in Panama Case, there has been a lot of hue and cry both for and against the verdict of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Given this state of affairs, it is important to understand the most basic requirements of a true democracy. Most people in …

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