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PM meets the JIT

With the Panama Papers investigation in full swing, the recently formed controversial JIT is in the midst of conducting its proceedings. The highly publicized case is at the helm of a protracted tug of war for political supremacy between the ruling party and its opposing coalition. Yet, in an unprecedented instance an elected prime minister appeared before the country’s institutions …

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PTI dissidents and the return of the old

Upon deciding to hold intra-party elections at a meeting of the party’s central committee chaired by Imran Khan himself, PTI’s internal mechanisms have transformed drastically from the last intra-party elections held on March 23, 2013. PTI’s intra-party elections asked 2.7 million registered voters to make a choice between Imran Khan or Naik Muhammad Khan. The Insaf Panel is led by …

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The Ghost of Circular Debt Past

The PML-N Government before assuming the reins of power in 2013 had made many a promise, including the eradication of load-shedding within months. After coming to power the deadlines kept being extended and promises were repeatedly broken. In 2013, the Government cleared the Circular Debt amounting to some Rs.480 Billion, and one hoped that the menace of load-shedding and the …

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JIT MEETING

It was with the advent of the Panama Papers leak that the political landscape of Pakistan was jostled out of its deep slumber; the subsequent judicial case holds within it the potential to transform the political playing field for years to come. The Panama Papers case has dominated national headlines for months now, with the verdict split 3-2 among the …

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The Belt and Road Forum comes to an end: What’s next for Pakistan?

The two-day Belt and Road Forum (BRF), held in Beijing on May 14 and 15, to discuss the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative drew the attention of several major regional actors. President Xi Jinping stressed the economic significance of the initiative and PM Nawaz Sharif echoed his stance as he invited other countries to join CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) and …

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Trump: the quest for big money

Estranged from the core American narrative of preserving global security and ensuring freedom, Trumps campaign days narrative was largely centered around efficient money management. Despite certain tweaks to initial prospective visions, one notices his continuing adherence to preserving smooth cash flows. He may well be the only US president in the recent past who gave precedence to Afghanistan’s wealth over …

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Afghanistan and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Afghanistan has been incredibly vocal about its interest in the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Since October 2016, the country has expressed a strong desire to join the multi-billion dollar project. Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, reiterated this desire further stressing that the benefits of a development project of this scale would be far-reaching, and not …

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Pakistan, India soon to become SCO members

India and Pakistan will become full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at the SCO Astana summit in June 2017. The groundwork for the inclusion of India and Pakistan was laid back in 2014 at the Dushanbe summit where the procedure to take in new members was finalized. The organization presently has Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan …

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Election Season: what to expect?

As election season fast approaches it is only natural that we look towards our leaders, their politics, and the vision they hold for the country. While the country has greatly changed since 2013, the issues plaguing it have hardly made a headway. Issues of security, healthcare, education, political transparency, accountability, economic and social development, and democratic stability have since gained …

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ECOTA and Pakistans exports

At a moment when Pakistan’s declining exports look troubling the commitment to double intraregional trade within the ECO–from its current standing– brings a gleaming hope. Multiple studies indicate the prospects for enhanced export opportunities for Pakistan within the ECOregion. However, studies conducted by the ECO and TRTA also highlight certain weaknesses related to Pakistan– which require attention. An overview suggests …

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