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Development summit identifies future challenges for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan Vision 2025 lays down foundation to put Pakistan on a fast track of development with the ultimate goal of transforming it to become one of top 20 economies by 2030. The participants of a three-day Pakistan Development Summit and Expo in Islamabad on Thursday sat together in …

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Poor governance

PRIME MINISTER Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s swift move to create new federal divisions following the appointment of a bloated cabinet, now consisting of 58 members after recent additions, had a hollow ring to it. In contrast to the official claim of Abbasi’s determination to rejuvenate government with a focus on the …

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Change and no change

DISQUALIFICATION of Nawaz Sharif by Supreme Court is a truly landmark adjudication in history of Pakistan. It is a water shed in midst of environments, making a break from our history of twists and turns to path of rule of law and supremacy of constitution albeit our ruling elite remains obdurate and …

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Asma Jahangir censures SC

Rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir has questioned the role of the Supreme Court in the Panamagate case, and its recent verdict disqualifying the ex-prime minister from his office. Speaking at a meet the press programme on Thursday, the former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) censured the …

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Senate chairman calls for dialogue among state pillars

Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani has called for a dialogue on constitutional issues among the state institutions for developing a framework under which all the institutions could work. “The parliament, the executive, the judiciary and the security establishment should come forward and agree to a working relationship among all the state …

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War of ideas

As the political jugglery and circus around the Panama leaks and corruption in Islamabad continued, a terrorist attack in Lahore left 26 people including, eight policemen, dead and more than 50 others injured. The police was the obvious target of this attack. Over the last few months, terror has spread …

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Is democracy under threat?

It may take days or weeks for the three-member Supreme Court bench to decide the fate of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. But the long-drawn-out legal battle over the Panama Papers scandal has left a significant mark on democratic political evolution in the country. Moreover, it has also exposed the fault lines …

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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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