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 →

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 25, 2013

IT’S no secret that rights abuses are rife in Pakistan. How serious a problem this is, though, and how deep its roots permeate into the fabric of society, becomes apparent only when different sorts of abuses are considered separately. We know, for example, that women are forced by circumstances or by criminal gangs into prostitution. …Read More →

June 25, 2013

THE Supreme Court has taken the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) to task over its abysmal performance in curbing the smuggling of narcotics. “Why was the ANF not arresting the drug barons running big business and confining its activities to only nabbing carriers and peddlers?” the chief justice asked during an appeal case recently. “The offence of …Read More →

June 25, 2013

PAKISTANIS have set world records in some rather odd events. For instance, last year, Guinness World Records recognised their feat in fast chappati-making and the swiftness shown by a young girl in setting up a chessboard in 15 seconds flat. But Saturday’s ADB-sponsored feat could well see recognition by Guinness of a far worthier cause: …Read More →