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WTO vote in Pakistan’s favour will go a long way

Upholding Pakistan’s position on export promotion policies last week, the Geneva-based World Trade Organisation dispute settlement system has rejected the European Union’s decision of countervailing duties imposed on imports of polyethylene terephthalate from Pakistan. The EU had imposed countervailing duties on the import of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from Pakistan, Iran …

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Scorecard at seventy

In a few weeks, Pakistan will turn threescore years and ten or 70 years old. How has it fared over the years? Has the balance sheet been evenly spread  or it is tilting downwards? We have managed to get it right in six areas and have failed in six others. …

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Legal eye: The devil and the deep sea?

What should a pro-democracy, pro-accountability, non-partisan Pakistani be rooting for in this contest? Here is the paradox. On the supply side of praetorian interventions has been a civil-military imbalance and desire of praetorians to maintain favourable balance of power even if by subverting the constitution and overthrowing elected governments. On …

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Insight to public procurement in Pakistan

A bird’s eye view from the lawyer’s side Public procurement refers to the purchase by governments and state-owned enterprises of goods, services and works. As public procurement accounts for a substantial portion of the taxpayers’ money, governments are expected to carry it out efficiently and with high standards of conduct …

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Barbed wire

It’s like we grew up with the duty to make life difficult for others, before they could make it difficult for us. June 26 was not a normal day, it was Eid, and like always in Lahore, places of interest like Race Course Park on Jail Road, Fortress Stadium and …

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Judicial activism — not a dirty word

Judicial activism has become a controversial word in Pakistan owing largely to the post lawyers’ movement era of Justice (retd) Iftikhar Chaudhary. However, in its true meaning and spirit, it has a long history of acting as a counter-majoritarian instrument, ensuring rule of law and equality. Earlier this month, Chief …

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Whose fault is it anyway?

Whether the lack of rule of law pushed the Pakistani state towards corruption or the latter ruined the former would likely end up as a chicken or egg debate. It is, though, common sense that rule of law provides a bedrock for good governance. Financial indiscipline or financial embezzlement is …

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Restructuring quotas for FATA

The constitution of 1973 has the provision for a special quota system through which “posts may be reserved for persons belonging to any class or area to secure their adequate representation in the service of Pakistan”. Domicile holders of FATA, due to the region’s poor standard of living, have access …

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‘There sits a judge above…’

Pakistan is a very enigmatic country. It is a land of opportunity for politicians too. Not only that, every Tom, Dick and Harry can easily get away by claiming political martyrdom. One can find dime a dozen born again democrats having basked under the protective wings of dictators, claiming a …

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Larger dimensions

In cosmic terms, wars, pettiness, struggles, as well as endeavours of humans on earth all seem trivial, insignificant and irrelevant. Life on earth often descends to depths of cruelty, fanaticism and brutality. Despite all the depravity and destruction, humans have, nevertheless, achieved spectacular progress in civilisation and knowledge. Human artistic, …

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