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US$100 Billion in CPEC Agri-Market

CPEC provides avenues to target $100b Chinese agri-market The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a golden opportunity for overall development of this region and Pakistan should reorganise its agriculture sector to get a major slice of the $100 billion worth of agriculture produce imports by China, suggested Muhammad Mehmood, Punjab Agriculture Secretary. Speaking at the launch of a study on …

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India caught in RSS labour protests

India caught in RSS labour protests

The RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has found common ground with other trade unions this year. It will go on a one-day protest outside Parliament during the winter session in November against unequal pay for workers and disinvestment of the public sector units. However, the BMS will not join a similar protest called by 10 other trade unions during the …

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SECP Case: More in-depth investigation needed

SECP record tampering case: Judge questions Zafar Hijazi’s sole liability A special court of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has noted that the alleged tampering with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan’s (SECP) record related to a sugar mill of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s family was not an individual’s act. In a detailed order on former SECP chairman …

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Saudi Arabia wants to invest in CPEC

S Arabia keen to invest in CPEC, Gwadar projects: Envoy Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to Pakistan Nawaf Ahmad Al Malkiy on Wednesday said his country is mulling to invest in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar port projects. While talking to state media, the ambassador said that the CPEC is a huge project, which would create …

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USA and Afghanistan must do more to stop drug trafficking

Senate asks ANF to stop narcotics smuggling Body to take up Anti-Money Laundering Act implementation issue in tomorrows’ session Islamabad Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control Tuesday directed Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) to speed up efforts to stop smuggling of narcotics inside and outside the country. Chairman Committee Senator, Abdul Rehman Malik presided over the meeting. The committee …

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Politicians in UK speak up against hate against Muslims

UK politicians complain against ‘hate’ article against Muslims Over 100 British politicians have signed an open letter complaining about The Sun newspaper “using Nazi-like language” regarding the Muslim community in Britain. On Monday, The Sun ran an article which asked: “What will we do about the Muslim problem?” It was written by one of the paper’s big names, its former …

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Pakistan’s democratic loop

Caught Between the Military and the Courts The 2016 Panama Papers leaks were supposed to be a tool for the forces of democracy. They were meant to expose corruption and reinvigorate institutions. By one reading, the resignation of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after the country’s Supreme Court declared him guilty in a corruption trial relating to the papers seems …

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Iran: Staying hungry to be tried

Iran: Staying hungry to be tried

Ailing Mehdi Karroubi has demanded a public trial after being under house arrest for more than six years An ailing 79-year-old Iranian opposition leader who has been under house arrest since February 2011 has embarked on a hunger strike, demanding authorities try him in public. Mehdi Karroubi, a former presidential candidate, fell foul of the establishment following the disputed re-election of Mahmoud …

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Nawaz Sharif fails to impress Zardari

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s hopes to spark a ‘grand debate’ over a new social contract and to strengthen the position of democratic forces by amending the Constitution appear to have been dashed as the Pakistan Peoples Party has refused to become party to such an exercise. “We will not become a part of any such grand national dialogue,” PPP co-chairman and …

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Pakistan Politics: Accountability is the first step towards stability

Pakistan Politics: Accountability is the first step towards stability

Last year in April 11 million documents were leaked to the public revealing many illicit financial transactions between political and business leaders around the world.  The documents became known as the Panama Papers after the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca the documents were leaked from.  In short, the papers showed how the world’s elites illegally funneled assets into secret accounts.  …

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