August 23, 2013

The first impression formed after hearing Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s speech is that honest leaders are the hope of any nation. They are the ones who try to find ways to address its problems sincerely, instead of misleading people with false pledges. Human history is rather witness to the fact that nations led by …Read More →

July 3, 2013

The present government is rightly focused on the need to increase the rate of investment in the country to around 20 percent of the GDP, which is required to generate an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 percent on a sustained basis. In this regard, it has been holding conferences to attract foreign investment, …Read More →

July 3, 2013

Mian Nawaz Sharif has chosen China for his first overseas trip after becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan, during which he is likely to discuss with the Chinese leaders a whole range of bilateral ties. He will also discuss the challenges emerging as a consequence of the transformation in region’s geo-political environment in the wake of …Read More →

July 1, 2013

M.Asim Khan It has been quite a long time since a lot of brouhaha regarding the long-awaited as well as a highly awaited demand to engage with the Taliban in the name of maintaining peace by certain sections of the Pakistani society is spelling over the new political scenario. The new PMLN government wants to …Read More →

June 25, 2013

IN countries where education is inaccessible to many and schooling is seen as a primary factor in upward social mobility, such as Pakistan or India, teachers and parents often complain that students waste too much time reading stories, and do not study enough. Listening to this grouse during a parent-teacher interaction, one teacher I am …Read More →

June 25, 2013

The convincing victory of Hassan Rohani, a moderate in Iran’s political spectrum, in the presidential election held on June 14 is good news for Iran, Pakistan-Iran relations, and for Iran’s relations with the rest of the world. Hassan Rohani, who enjoys close links to former President Rafsanjani, another moderate, secured 50.7 per cent of the …Read More →

June 25, 2013

INFORMATION Minister Pervaiz Rashid recently emphasised the PML-N government’s support for free media, acknowledging that it’s vital for promoting democracy. Ironically, that was one of the first things General Pervez Musharraf said after seizing power, in part to distinguish himself from his predecessor Nawaz Sharif, only to be ousted a decade later through a movement …Read More →

June 2, 2013

As Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Nawaz Sharif prepares to take oath as Prime Minister of Pakistan there is a growing sense of visible positivity in the air, not only inside Pakistan but also among the world community and the millions of Pakistanis living overseas. They feel encouraged to see that, despite the various conspiracy theories being …Read More →

April 30, 2013

THE previous government had been claiming economic success, saying that poverty had been contained through improved economic management. However, the difference between the claims and facts underlines the importance of adopting a consistent method to measure poverty and avoid political considerations in compiling data. Giving autonomy to the Federal Bureau of Statistics and other relevant statistical …Read More →