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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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Ideological Renewal on the Independence Day

Ideological Renewal on the Independence Day

By: Raqeeb Kakar Ideology is a thing of might, the one on which Pakistan’s foundation was laid down. It should depict us on all grounds lest we should feel that might is out of sight. However, ideology was a science of ideas for French philosophers, but for Muslims of the Indian Subcontinent, it was a freedom-song that manifested their desire …

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Boosting Pakistan’s Exports

Boosting Pakistan's Exports

By: Ammar Awais The Challenge Ahead In spite of the recent challenges faced by Pakistan’s economy, there is a sense of economic optimism in the country, driven by the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). However, certain measures need to be taken to reap maximum benefits out of CPEC projects, one of which is to ensure robust, export-led investment in …

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TAX Evasion and Economic Growth

TAX Evasion and Economic Growth

Finding the correlation Tax evasion is among the biggest problems Pakistan is faced with today. The fiscal deficit of the country has increased from 4.6 percent of GDP in 2015-16 to 6.8 percent in 2017-18. Increase in the fiscal deficit is due, mainly, to excessive expenditures and extremely low tax-to-GDP ratio, which remained within a narrow band of 9.8 percent …

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China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Opportunities and Risks Envisaged in mid-2013 and launched in April 2015, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a set of projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative, marks a new era of economic ties in a bilateral relationship historically defined by security cooperation. Pakistan’s economy clearly needs reform to better serve its people, and many officials say CPEC will help in …

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The Looming Challenge of Hybrid Warfare

The Looming Challenge of Hybrid Warfare

By: Raashid Wali Janjua  What Pakistan needs do to cope with the menace? Recently, while speaking at the annual internship programme held at the ISPR Directorate, the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa highlighted the issue of hybrid warfare and said that the nature and the character of war have changed now and in today’s age of hybrid …

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Understanding the Challenges of Political Change and Future-making

Understanding the Challenges of Political Change and Future-making

By: Mahboob A. Khawaja Are the New National Elections a Prelude to Change? The people of Pakistan have spoken out loud and, quite logically, Imran Khan is the person they have elected to lead a futuristic system of political governance. To discard the incurable resentment against the former indicted criminals-turned-politicians, he people of Pakistan have rejected them through the ballot. …

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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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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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SPECIAL REPORT: Populism versus pragmatism

SPECIAL REPORT: Populism versus pragmatism

With the future of democracy apparently fairly secure in Pakistan, the young electorate is learning to focus on the quality of the exercise. The growing awareness and citizen activism in an age of vibrant social media mean political parties can no more treat the election agenda as a ritual. Despite efforts by all parties to articulate a distinct position, the …

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