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The Flood of MPhils & PhDs in Pakistan

The Flood of MPhils & PhDs in Pakistan

Hold the speed, else it’s disastrous! Although there has been a remarkable progress in the realm of higher education in Pakistan with an increasing number of students enrolling for MPhil and PhD degrees, overall research culture in the country presents a dismal picture of the state of affairs. Research culture in our country is still far from being inspiring as …

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Rebirth of Judiciary

Rebirth of Judiciary

By: Qurrat-Ul-Ain Rehman Time to make it delivery-oriented The strength of a state is linked to the success of its legislative, judicial and executive authorities. The function of the judiciary is to disseminate justice and ensure equality of all before law by implementing laws and rules and regulations in their true spirit. Since the inception of Pakistan, the country’s Political …

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Pakistan’s FATF Challenge

Pakistan's FATF Challenge

By: Asad Hussain Grey must not convert into black! Pakistan has been included in its grey list by the Financial Action Task Force for not stopping the ‘financing of terrorism’. Despite hectic diplomatic efforts to avoid the preordained fate, the decision was taken on June 28 at the plenary session of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Paris, France, …

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Causes for failure to achieve tax revenue target

Causes for failure to achieve tax revenue target

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) failed to achieve the tax revenue target for the fiscal year 2017-18. According to the data released by the FBR on 9 July 2018, the provisional ax collection stood at Rs. 3,751 billion, which is Rs. 184 billion less than the revised tax revenue target of Rs. 3,935 billion. The original tax revenue target …

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Politics of Pakistan

Politics of Pakistan

By: Abdul Rasool Syed Where character does not matter “How do we know who to chose?” This was a question posed to a great Greek philosopher and a political sage Plato. He answered that rulers should be chosen according to their character – their honesty, reliability, probity, disinterestedness, sense of justice and moral uprightness. “The community suffers nothing very terrible …

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China’s Mediation between Afghanistan and Pakistan

China's Mediation between Afghanistan and Pakistan

By: Elenoire Laudieri The best way forward to tackle Afghanistan’s never-ending plight Until the Soviet invasion in 1979, Afghanistan was little known outside Asia. In the West, it mainly attracted the interest of scholars of history and archaeologists as a landlocked country roughly coinciding with the ancient region of Central Asia called Bactria, which was invaded by Alexander the Great …

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Pakistan’s Moment

Pakistan's Moment

How to deal with our myriad challenges? A little more than a year ago, while addressing at the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping termed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as the ‘Project of the Century’.  “Over 2,000 years ago,” observed President Xi, in an attempt to provide blueprints for the …

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Fixing the Agriculture Sector

Fixing the Agriculture Sector

Challenges and Opportunities Agriculture, industry and services are the three main pillars of our national economy. The recurring floods and the spread of alluvial soil from the Indus and its tributaries make the plains of Pakistan among the most fertile areas of the world. Historically speaking, agriculture of the northwestern part of the Indian Subcontinent (modern-day Pakistan) has been the …

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The Worsening Water Crisis

The Worsening Water Crisis

Why is Pakistan running dry and how to manage the situation? Pakistan is approaching the scarcity threshold for water. What is even more disturbing is that groundwater supplies — the last resort of water supply — are being rapidly depleted.  And worst of all is that the authorities have given no indication that they plan to do anything about any …

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ELECTIONS 2018

ELECTIONS 2018

It’s time to hold our leaders accountable Democracy, rule of the people, is comprised of complex webs of accountabilities between people and those who use power to govern on their behalf. Democratic accountability is comprised of justifications for these uses of power, combined with distributions of empowerments in such a way that those affected can sanction its use. Key problems …

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