Politics

Can Panama verdict solve Pakistan’s real issues

Can Panama verdict solve Pakistan's real issues

Do you recall the magical scene in movies where the lost protagonist keeps ending up at the same place? The Pakistani nation is somewhat like that, going in circles. Nothing illustrates this circular movement better than the Panama tragi-comedy that has brought us back to square one. Déjà vu all over again. Let me begin with a startling personal hypothesis. …

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PTI Chief warns PML-N to not misuse cybercrime bill

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has warned the government against using the cybercrime law against political opponents, saying that his party would resist the ruling political party’s attempts to establish their dictatorship in the country. In a statement issued by the PTI’s central media department here on Tuesday, the PTI chief alleged that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government …

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Musharraf’s suggestions on Kashmir Issue

Musharraf's suggestions on Kashmir Issue

It’s time for all parties to recognise the realities on the ground, see the need to include the Kashmiri leadership at the table, and begin to negotiate in good faith for the durable and permanent solution to the Kashmir dispute. “Four-point Formula does not want to resolve the Kashmir dispute but to dissolve it.” Ambassador Yusuf Buch Abba Eban, an …

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Without electoral reforms real democracy not possible

Without electoral reforms real democracy not possible

Credible ballot drives democracy, in the absence of it democracy is a farce. Pakistan was created by the power of vote and only it can sustain it. The founding fathers of the country were all elected, including the founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah himself. Though periods of true democracy have been short (1947 – 1958, 1971- 1977) yet the democratic spirit …

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Obama’s trump tap – Fall of US presidential civility

Obama's trump tap - Fall of US presidential civility

When last they saw each other six weeks ago after the ceremonial passing of power, President Trump and former President Barack Obama parted with smiles and handshakes. But it did not take long for the surface bonhomie to degenerate into a fierce and public clash unlike any other in modern times. While Mr. Obama has remained quiet for the most …

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How the world can benefit from Pakistan’s tax transparency laws

How the world can benefit from Pakistan's tax transparency laws

At a time when the world is witnessing a wave of mistrust over the true interests of ruling elites, it may seem strange that Pakistan – a country so often associated with corruption – is in one respect the benchmark for transparency. When it comes to the disclosure of politicians’ tax affairs, the likes of Philip Hammond and Donald Trump …

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Integration of FATA approved

Integration of FATA approved

The federal cabinet on Thursday approved the recommendations put forth by a reforms committee to bring the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) in the mainstream, Radio Pakistan reported. The cabinet had met in Islamabad with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair. Speaking at the meeting, PM Sharif had stressed the need to focus on underdeveloped areas with the aim …

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Military courts have PPP’s full support

Pakistan Peoples Party supports establishment of military courts and military operations to eradicate terrorism. The party had always supported military courts and operations without any conditions. This was said by former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani while speaking to journalists in Multan on Wednesday. Gillani said terrorism and extremism were global issues and they must be dealt at international level. …

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Pashtoons are same as all other Pakistanis

PAshtoons are same as all other Pakistanis

As a Pashtoon teenager, I grew up in Punjab with some of the most demeaning cliches of Pashtoons; smugglers, money-lenders at exorbitant rates of interest, child and car-lifters were some of the most disparaging stereotypes associated with Pashtoons. Now, little past mid-50s, officials in Punjab stunned me by telling me that terrorism flows only from the lands that are inhabited …

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Pakistan has bigger issues to deal with

Pakistan has bigger issues to deal with

Taking out bad to badder dudes The good thing that may come out of Nawaz Sharif’s departure is the process of change to another system. That means changing the constitution that has been reduced to a joke by repeated governments, legislatures and unelectable goofs masquerading as politicians Are we witnessing the last days of Nawaz Sharif? I don’t know so …

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