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Resolution against Nawaz Sharif proposed in Punjab Assembly

Pandemonium was the order of the day at the Punjab Assembly after the opposition tried to pass a resolution demanding the prime minister’s resignation in light of the Panamagate verdict. This sparked an uproar as the opposition and treasury benches started chanting slogans against each other’s leadership. When PA Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan refused to entertain opposition leader Mian …

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Pakistan – India Relations: A broken bridge

Pakistan - India Relations: A broken bridge

The most contentious relationship in all of South Asia, between India and Pakistan, is even today bound by its complicated history. Conflicting ideologies and domestic politics have fostered resentment between the two states. And the geopolitics of the region has sharpened existing differences overtime. The fact is both countries see the other as the enemy—and this has been so for …

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Pakistan’s economy set to takeoff with CPEC

The astounding contours of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) includes various industrial parks, economic zones, dams, development of new infrastructure and energy stations which are linked with expressways and railway lines. These will be built along with the Kashghar-Gwadar route. The total estimated cost was initially 46 billion dollars, which has been increased to 51.5 billion dollars with the …

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CPEC will boost Pakistan’s economy significantly

Outlining six major steps for maximising benefits of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), visiting distinguished Chinese Economist Professor Justin Yifu Lin said that if Pakistan captures the opportunity, its economic growth could touch the range of 8 to 10 percent for the next 30 years or more for joining middle income or even higher income group of countries. “Pakistan possesses …

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Understanding Special Economic Zones under CPEC

A SMALL line in a news story a few days ago caught my eye. The setting was a hearing in the Senate Standing Committee on Planning and Development at which high officials from the Planning Commission were answering questions about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The line that caused me to do a double take was this one: “The committee …

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Pakistan’s steel business

Pakistan’s decision to slap up to 40% anti-dumping duty on Chinese steel is a massive development for two reasons – it paves way for growth of the local industry and, more importantly, signals the country’s intention that it will protect the interests of its own even if over $55 billion are coming from the same geographic location. The duty, imposed …

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CPEC: Egypt joins, Pakistan welcomes

In a meeting with National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Egyptian Ambassador to Pa­k­i­stan Sherif Shaheen has expressed his country’s des­ire to join the China-Pakis­tan Economic Corridor (CPEC). According to a press release on Sunday, the Egy­ptian envoy called on the speaker at the Parliament House on Thursday. Talking to the media after the meeting, Mr Sadiq said that Egypt’s …

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Iran keen to be part of CPEC

Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost has reiterated Iran’s willingness to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and offered to commit its ‘full potential’ for the mega regional connectivity project. “Iran is eager to join CPEC with its full capabilities, possibilities and abilities,” the Ambassador said while speaking at the Oxbridge Lecture in Islamabad. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is …

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DEMOCRACY WITHIN POLITICAL PARTIES

While Democratic theory places great importance upon the conduct, participation, and regularity in elections, but what is often overlooked is that the electoral game takes place in two arenas, not only between political parties but also within them. The four most important aspects of democracy that seek to strengthen as well as uphold it are not only essential for any …

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Senate thrashes govt for “living on loans”

The government came under fire in the Senate on Thursday for piling up external and domestic loans to alarming proportions, with a warning that the trend could lead to a situation where servicing the loans becomes impossible. Speaking on a call attention notice, PTI Senator Syed Shibli Faraz blasted the government for an “insatiable appetite” for loans and violation of …

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