August 23, 2013

That the Nawaz setup is sincerely intent on looking to the yet unexplored niches on the foreign policy front comes as breath of fresh air. Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s recent visit to Pakistan, which materialised after Prime Minister Nawaz’s invitation reflects a regional approach worthy of appreciation. The visit would go a long way …Read More →

August 23, 2013

Pakistan has a polio problem and it is not going away. Efforts to defeat the disease have come close to success in past years but have been thwarted by poor security in remote or tribal areas; or in cities where large areas are controlled by extremist gangsters. Negative propaganda claiming that polio vaccine is an …Read More →

July 20, 2013

Having hinted at it for months now, the Nawaz Administration’s announcement that the list of state-owned enterprises to be privatised will include all government-owned power companies, Pakistan State Oil and Pakistan Steel Mills, is likely to be welcomed by investors and businesses, both within the country and outside it. The government’s footprint in the energy sector …Read More →

July 20, 2013

Pakistan is a friend and moreover a partner as an important ally in the War on Terror, being an integral player at the geostrategic level.. The message is warm and the intention seems nothing but positive, looking at multiple strata of cooperation and collaboration in the years to come. The press conference jointly addressed by …Read More →

July 16, 2013

The exercise of parachute jumps by a group of intrepid female paratroopers, the first in the Pakistan armed forces, near Tarbela on Sunday makes for a huge leap forward for womenfolk. If ever there were any cultural stereotypes that they were less capable than men in such daring ventures, this remarkable display of nerves and …Read More →

July 4, 2013

Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has given a well defined and relatively simple target to the intelligence agencies: catch the perpetrators of the terrorism that has afflicted the city. Though the terror antedates his taking office as Prime Minister, and though he is not the first Prime Minister to go to Quetta because of this, …Read More →

July 4, 2013

Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s meeting with US secretary of State John Kerry and Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Brunei ought to be seen with cautious optimism. Broadly speaking, it appears both India and the US seem enamoured of the triumph of …Read More →

July 3, 2013

The first day of the Pakistan government’s talks with the IMF on a new loan programme on Monday resulted in both sides laying out their positions, although not in agreement. The IMF has asked for further taxes to be levied, because with the taxation measures which have been put into place, it does not believe …Read More →

July 3, 2013

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be in China from July 4 to July 8 – his first foreign visit since assuming office. Behind all the glitz and glamour of public rhetoric affirming the long-standing friendship, the two neighbours will discuss serious business. Given the PML-N’s agenda of economic revival, trade and economic cooperation are likely …Read More →

July 3, 2013

The promise held out by the Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong that aid and assistance to Pakistan to grapple with the energy shortage will be provided is welcome. He was pleased at the prospect of Mian Nawaz Sharif’s forthcoming trip to China; he said it would foster such cooperation. Such rescue gestures, albeit as loans, not …Read More →