Editorial

Violation of WTO rules

Pakistan and China reached an agreement to initiate a process of digital trade data exchange but the later backed out of it. Pakistan’s decision to postpone signing of revised Free Trade Agreement (FTA-II) has now hit its plan to digitally exchange trade data to capture the real value of imports from neighboring country China for…

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A negative tendency

The assassination attempt on the Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal in his home town constituency during a corner meeting at the hand of 23 year old man indicates the emergence of a negative tendency in the country’s political culture at a time when general election are just few months away. The incident should be taken seriously…

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In search of dignity!

The Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, while addressing a function at Pasroor near Sialkot, has complained against the lack of respect for politicians. He said that a politician deserves as much respect as a Judge and General receives. There are no two opinions about this argument but it is the demeanor, character, integrity, honesty, attitude…

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Optimal power mix     

Abandoning the construction of mega hydropower projects like Kalabagh dam, medium and small hydropower projects in the decade of 1970s reduced the percentage of inexpensive electivity to 30 percent in the power mix. It also caused the complex and lingering problems of power outages and piling up of circular debt and water shortages. From 1990…

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Rhetoric versus pragmatism

In a major blow to timely roll out the second phase of CPEC, special regions and finances, three provinces refused to finance the irrational incentives asked by China for the relocation of its dying industries to the Special economic zones. Only one province, KP agreed to provide land on throwaway price for the special economic…

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Actions, not hollow promises

In his speech in the national Assembly, when there were less than 20 lawmakers of 342 members house, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi promised that FATA reforms for mainstreaming of tribal areas will be enforced in the remaining tenure of current government. But he did not categorically said that, as an integral part of these…

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Plight of Hazara Community

The Hazara community ended their days long protest in Quetta after meeting with the Chief of Army of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The beleaguered community was protesting against the continued attacks on Hazars, the most recent being the killing of two community members on Saturday. General Bajwa, while meeting with the community members assured…

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Promoting trade in FATA

The Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated a market of 1344 shops with modern civic facilities including parks, car parking, water supply network and solar power system in Miramshah, the Headquarter of North Waziristan, on Monday. The modern trade complex was built by Pak Army. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the projects of National Logistic…

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IK’s agenda for new Pakistan

Addressing a mammoth public meeting at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore PTI Chairman Imran Khan announced his 11 point agenda for new Pakistan. It includes uniform education curriculum; health insurance; progressive and egalitarian tax system; elimination of corruption; self reliance; agricultural reforms; boosting investment; reducing underemployment; low cost housing; large scale forestation and reforestation and strengthening the…

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Neglecting counterterrorism watchdog

The Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal while addressing a CPEC seminar a few months ago had claimed that PML-N government had effectively controlled menace of terrorism and the Pakistan, which was a dubbed as terrorist heaven, has become investment heaven. But contrarily to the government’s assertion of waging an all out war against terrorism the situation…

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