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From summits to strategic tensions

From summits to strategic tensions

After the demise of the USSR, it was widely believed by people in the West that Nato would become democratic and work for peace. But to their utter surprise, the military alliance started blitzing various states. It emerged as a potent tool to topple the governments of a few ‘dictators and autocrats’. Reneging on their promises, Western countries also expanded …

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Need Asian IMF

Need Asian IMF

At a time when economic challenges are multiplying on account of external woes and the case for another bailout package is becoming stronger and stronger, there is a need to float an idea that could help Pakistan avoid this disaster that will only add to its chronic indebtedness. For making Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), unveiled by Chinese President XI …

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Five pillars of the political structure

Five pillars of the political structure

Belatedly economists have begun to appreciate that the strength of an economic system depends on the strength of the political structure. The elections of 2018 will determine whether the political structure Pakistan built over the last seven decades will be strengthened and survive into the future. If it does, it will aid the country’s economic revival and put its economy …

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The battle of etiquette

The battle of etiquette

Is technology changing the nature of audience behaviour? Or is this behaviour specific to a particular culture, time and place? As England played their matches in the World Cup soccer in Moscow, the fans back in Britain supported their side fully while being glued to their mobile phones. It so happened that they refused to switch off their phones even …

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Water wars

Water wars

Water mismanagement can lead to national and international conflicts Experts have been warning about water scarcity turning into a nontraditional security threat, and now military experts, including DG ISPR, have also alerted the nation that future wars would be fought on the issues of water. Unfortunately, it seems that these wars would be fought both within and across international boundaries. …

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Fighting corruption

Fighting corruption

Multi-pronged approach needed to root out corrupt practices National Accountability Bureau (NAB), along with other state institutions, is pushing hard to process the cases and references on corruption. The case related to overseas properties acquired through apparently ill-gotten wealth by a former prime minister and his family has been decided by a court. Speedy action has been initiated against another …

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NFC Award, taxes and new government

NFC Award, taxes and new government

The taxation rights under the prevalent constitutional scheme need reconsideration allowing provinces to raise adequate resources In the recent months, many noted economists and reputed analysts have showed with facts and figures that the 18th Constitutional Amendment and 7th National Finance Commission (NFC) Award are harming fiscal stability. In a recent write-up, it is insinuated that “the imbalances triggered by …

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Someone Should Tell Donald Trump About America’s High Tariffs

Someone Should Tell Donald Trump About America’s High Tariffs

In accusing other countries of cheating the United States, the president misleads the public about a complicated subject. To hear President Trump tell it, every other country in the world is taking advantage of the United States by selling milk, cars, steel and other products to America while refusing to buy made-in-the-U.S.A. merchandise. His ceaseless complaint about trade — with …

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Social media and elections

For a stable democratic society, the importance of a free and fair election cannot be denied. The credit for raising political awareness among people after a long struggle goes to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Political analysts are of the view that young activists of the PTI are utilising social media in a very efficient manner to convey the party’s message throughout …

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Poverty and local governance

New War

Poverty lies at the household level. This is why we need meticulously designed household-level solutions to address its multifaceted nature. This is, of course, not an easy undertaking, given the nature of the governance structure that is primarily shaped to deliver extension services. Local government departments have neither the mandate nor the functional capacity to engage in providing household-level private …

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