Contrary to the claims of federal government to have lowered the rate of increase in the piling circular debt from Rs.39 billion to Rs.10 billion per month, its burden is fast rising. Federal minister for Power Division, Umer Ayub Khan had claimed in a press conference two months ago that circular debt is on downward…

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United Nations Security Council held in camera session to review the human rights situation in the occupied Kashmir. The lock down there has entered the 165th day and 8 million Kashmiris are under siege laid by Indian forces. They are not even allowed by Indian government to say congregational prayers in mosques on Fridays for…

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Due to highly vulnerable climate change impact, Pakistan is being hit by natural calamities every year. But the civilian organisations mandated for carrying out rescue and relief operation in the wake of natural disasters lack the capacity and means to perform their role in this regard. Heavy snowfall and multiple avalanches have brought havoc in…

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Differences between the ruling PTI and its coalition partners appear to have been widened. From the very outset skepticism has been expressed about its being remaining intact keeping in view the well-entrenched culture of making and breaking alliances and coalitions purely for personal political and monetary gains. Horse trading and floor crossing, formation of forward…

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People are doubly disadvantaged when lifesaving medicines disappear from the local market because of regulatory bottlenecks in the registration process of Drugs Regulatory Authority of Pakistan. The prices of wide range of such medicines abnormally go up and their non-availability risks the lives of patients who are under treatment in hospitals. According to standard protocol…

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The industrial base of the country which started shrinking in the last PML-N government has gained momentum in present government. In the government interest rates was extremely low and manufacturing sector was getting tax concessions despite the objections of IMF but the stagnation was caused by high electricity tariff, lack of skill development and non-facilitation…

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Second phase of Sino-Pak FTA has become operational from January 1, allowing more export items from Pakistan. China has given duty free access to 313 new products worth about $ 1 billion. The new products will get duty free access to the Chinese market will include agriculture commodities, leather goods, confectionary items and biscuits. Now…

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Successive governments have been harping on the tune of formulating national security policy but to no avail. Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on National Security and Strategic Planning Moeed Yousaf expressed the same rhetoric, while speaking at a session Defining National Security at the Afkar-i-Taza Think Fist at Alhamra Hall on Sunday. He said that a…

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The auto parts manufactures have laid the blame of decline in production and increase in prices of cars on the assemblers who are averse to using the locally manufactured auto kits, parts and accessories. Chairman Pakistan Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers’ Association (APAM A)  has claimed that 70 percent of auto components and parts are…

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It appears that government is now making an objective analysis of its economic reforms agenda, the rushing of which was criticized by independent economists because of its impact on the manufacturing sector. Giving his assessment at talk on Business Way Forward under the auspices of English Speaking Pakistanis forum, Advisor on commerce, textiles and production…

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