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SUO MOTU

SUO MOTU

By: Qurrat-ul-Ain Rehman The Only Way to Justice? The power to take a Suo Motu notice is incorporated in Article 184(3) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan with respect to the initial jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. This article reads: “Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 199, the Supreme Court shall, if it considers that a …

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Tackling the Challenge of Tax Compliance

Tax Compliance

Being relatively less distortionary, direct taxes tend to accelerate economic growth, provided the tax base is broad enough to ensure equitable sharing of tax burden by the economic agents. Voluntary tax compliance (VTC) is considered more efficient and cost-effective method of revenue collection through direct taxes. This could be an immediate explanation why the tax authorities in the modern economies …

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Right to Information

Right to Information

A powerful social accountability tool Freedom of information is not only a human right, but also an essential tool to engage and empower citizens to demand accountability from governments, and fight corruption. That is why ‘right to information’ (RTI) and the relevant laws, as well as the associated institutions have become a symbol of a society’s commitment to good governance. …

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Streamlining Pakistan-India Relationship

Pakistan-India Relationship

By: Asad Hussain The ever-worsening bilateral relationship of the two archrivals, Pakistan and India, is fast moving towards an unmanageable phase of circumstances. During the recent months, a warlike situation has been witnessed on the Line of Control (LoC) and in India-occupied Kashmir. The two neighbouring states are excessively involved in waging propaganda wars only to defame each other. The …

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The law is what the king says

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

HRCP fact-finding report highlights worst curbs on freedom of expression The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has launched a fact-fining report about the ‘worst curbs’ on freedom of expression in Pakistan. The report begins by highlighting that recently an overwhelming number of journalists — including reporters, editors and anchors — have spoken about the interference in freedom of expression. …

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“Development and environmental conservation must go hand-in-hand”

Martin Kobler

Interview with German Ambassador to Pakistan Martin Kobler German Ambassador to Pakistan Martin Kobler isn’t just a diplomat but a great fan of Pakistan’s breathtaking landscape and environment. His views on environmental conservation have gained overwhelming popularity on social media, calling upon the authorities to protect natural resources from degradation. In an interview with TNS, Martin Kobler shares his views …

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How to Create Millions of Jobs

How to Create Millions of Jobs

Plant the miracle Moringa tree for 1 million jobs, 25 million trees and Rs. 126 million revenue Pakistan is an agricultural country. It has the distinction of having the largest contiguous gravity flow irrigation system in the world – consisting of three reservoirs (Tarbela, Mangla and Chashma), 19 barrages, 12 huge inter-link canals, 59,200km of irrigation canals and over 1.6 …

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Post-merger challenges

Post-merger challenges

The KPK government’s move to hold local government polls in merged tribal areas is seen as a huge stride in the right direction The progress on the post-25th Constitutional Amendment and subsequent reforms in the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) has become a classic example of “running to stand still”. The government formed yet another taskforce on September 5 …

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Reforms and the police force

Reforms and the police force

The PTI’s biggest achievement was the improvement made in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police under the KP Police Act, 2017. Imran Khan has attributed this success to former PPO Nasir Khan Durrani, who had his full backing. According to news reports, Durrani introduced ruthless in-house accountability by dismissing almost 800 policemen and awarding punishments to over 6,000 staffers. He established police …

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Fighting Climate Change in Pakistan

Fighting Climate Change in Pakistan

By: Sarfraz Saroya ‘Plant for Pakistan’ and other possible avenues While Pakistan is facing multifarious challenges like a sagging economy, depleting foreign exchange reserves and a skyrocketing trade deficit, there is another serious problem which will put Imran Khan’s cabinet in real trouble: climate change. When he unveiled his party’s 100-day plan for the country in May 2018, he showed …

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