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A partnership coming apart

A partnership coming apart

The intensified Pak-US relationship of the past is now in a new downward spiral. Is the current round of restrictions on diplomats on both sides discriminatory or reciprocal? Historically, the United States has imposed travel restrictions against foreign diplomats that were from states it considered as hostile. Usually, it did that to reciprocate. For the State Department, imposition of restrictions …

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A scrapped nuclear deal

A scrapped nuclear deal

Pakistan would come under renewed pressure from the Saudis not to offer any help to Tehran while Iran would expect Pakistan to at least remain neutral Pakistan has managed a delicate balancing act in its relations with its neighbour Iran and old friend Saudi Arabia, but this difficult task would become even more challenging in the wake of the recent …

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‘In Pakistan, half-baked policies fail to feed the starving economy’

‘In Pakistan, half-baked policies fail to feed the starving economy’

LAHORE: Pakistan’s economic policies frequently fail because stakeholders mostly tend to live with compromised decision instead of hashing out the issues to the bare bones and arriving at sustainable long-term solutions that are broad in their spectrum of benefits. Globally the economic issues particularly relating to businesses are given high importance. The different economic ministries work in cohesion and complement …

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Energy imports – an emerging threat to economy

Energy imports – an emerging threat to economy

ISLAMABAD: The trade gap and debt trap are being forecast as two major risks to Pakistan’s economy. An interim fall in oil prices over the past two years led to a decrease in energy imports from $15 billion in 2013 to $12 billion last year, but they are poised to increase due to the rising trend in oil market. Power …

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SOCIETY: HOW ARE WE DOING?

SOCIETY: HOW ARE WE DOING?

If the purpose of development is to improve the wellbeing of people, then it seems logical to think of it as a measure of the response to the question, “How are you?” Yet, it is unlikely that citizens anywhere will respond to that question by telling you the prevailing rate of inflation, the Gini coefficient, or even their national Gross …

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The Bangladesh success story

The Bangladesh success story

Despite dismal initial economic conditions, Bangladesh has unfolded a new and remarkable Cinderella story as its economy has staged a turn-around, leapfrogging over its much more affluent peers Bangladesh is reportedly on the verge of becoming the next Asian tiger, while Pakistan — arguably its political nemesis — has been chasing that mirage almost ever since the former’s birth. After …

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State, sex and social media

State, sex and social media

Reflection on our own strategies, unpacking our class prejudices and a candid drafting of a sexual code of conduct are imperatives for success of gender-based activism The social and political recognition of sexual harassment and its translation into a legal offense is a significant achievement. While the discriminatory Zina law was the main driver for women’s rights activism in the …

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Human Rights in Pakistan

Human Rights in Pakistan

A Glance at HRCP’s Annual Report 2017 The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), recently released its annual report for 2017 in which it took stock of the human rights situation in Pakistan in the previous year. The report suggests that the country has failed to make progress on several issues, ranging from forced disappearances to women’s rights and protection …

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PAKISTAN ECONOMIC SURVEY 2017-18

PAKISTAN ECONOMIC SURVEY 2017-18

1. The country’s Gross Domestic Product recorded 13-year highest growth of 5.8 %. 2. Revenues from telecom sector reached an estimated Rs 235.5 billion during the first two quarters of FY 2017-18. 3. The commercial launch of 3G and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services opened new opportunities for revenue generation for the mobile operators. 4. The broadband penetration jumped …

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