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Zakat: The Islamic obligatory charity

Zakat: The Islamic obligatory charity

LAHORE: Every year, especially during the month of Ramzan, Muslims in large numbers all over the world pay an obligatory charity called Zakat, the root of which in Arabic means, “purity”. Hence,  Zakat is seen as a way of cleansing and purifying one’s income and wealth from what may be at times worldly and impure ways of acquisition, in order …

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DEVELOPING FATA: WHERE ARE THE FUNDS?

DEVELOPING FATA: WHERE ARE THE FUNDS?

A day before the passing of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) Bill in the National Assembly, which proposed the merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at an event in Jamrud, Khyber Agency, rightly stressed that more important than the merger was the urgent reconstruction and development of Fata. It was ironic than that the …

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The crude art of petro-diplomacy

The crude art of petro-diplomacy

STRANGE are the ways of the crude world. Looking for a cue, the crude oil markets are currently focused on a football match and indeed for a reason. On the day Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) are scheduled to watch the inaugural World Cup soccer match between their two countries at Luzhniki …

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English for CSS, PMS

English for CSS, PMS

In CSS paper for English (Précis & Composition), aspirants are asked to write a précis of the given passage and also to suggest a suitable title as out of the total 20 marks allocated to this question, 15 go to précising the text and 5 to suggesting a suitable title. Here is a sample passage that will help you know …

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Pakistan unlikely to feel impact of global trade war

Pakistan unlikely to feel impact of global trade war

KARACHI: The world has got engaged in a trade war with major economies imposing tariffs and duties, a move which can have far-reaching implications for global trade. With countries like the US, China, the EU and Canada all taking retaliatory measures, which may lead to tariff aggravation, the impact on Pakistan is likely to be benign due to limited integration …

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Trump widens the cracks in world order’s foundations

Trump widens the cracks in world order’s foundations

QUEBEC CITY: For decades, multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization and Group of Seven were widely accepted by Western governments as the best way to shore up world order. Now, with Donald Trump in the White House and his “America First” foreign policy echoed in rise of nationalist and populist movements in Europe, the cracks in …

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Democracy and governance

Democracy and governance

Pakistan’s urgent problems and challenges are all governance related. Dr Husain’s builds a strong case for understanding and confronting the crisis of governance in Pakistan in his new book Pakistan’s main issue has been its crisis of governance as manifested by a weak institutional framework. In nearly seventy one years of existence, Pakistan has been ruled by four governor generals, …

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NATIONAL WATER POLICY

NATIONAL WATER POLICY

A ray of hope for a water-scarce Pakistan The 37th meeting of the Council of Common Interest (CCI), held at the Prime Minister Office on 24th of April, brought good news for the water-scarce country of Pakistan. It was the unanimous approval of the country’s first-ever National Water Policy (NWP) that was signed by the prime minister and the four …

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Pakistan likely to become interchange station connecting China and Europe

Pakistan likely to become interchange station connecting China and Europe

BEIJING: Will Pakistan become a pragmatic bridgehead for China’s cooperation with Europe? It may be too early to say yes, but the country’s broad potential has attracted great attention as the EU pays great attention to strategic partners in the Middle East, especially to Islamic countries. Pakistan is one of the countries with the largest Muslim populations, so although it’s …

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Interview Richard G. Olson

Interview Richard G. Olson

Whither US-Pakistan Relations? If I were running the policy right now, I would say that there should be some high level of engagement between the two countries. The dialogue should be private and discreet. A distinguished career diplomat, Ambassador Richard Olson, retired from the US Foreign Service in November 2016 with the rank of Career Minister. He is currently an …

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