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Budget review

September 20, 2018

The amendments in budget were an astringent pill that the government had to gulp down. It shows that even though the government has had to give the development budget a substantial cut, its choice to tax in slabs is cheering and futuristic. Cancelling PML-N’s tax relief to those who enjoy high earnings,...

Working in unison

September 19, 2018

It is a positive sign that the opposition parties get their concerns represented at the national. Shah Mahmud Qureshi’s support to the opposition’s demand for a parliamentary body to probe the rigging charges in general elections, Imran Khan’s nod to consult opposition on the refugees’ issues and a unanimous resolution to build Bhasha dam and Mohmand dam signals...

Revamping of energy sector

September 14, 2018

The whole energy sector from the administrative and functional point of view needs to be revamped; negligence and misconduct that led to crisis needs to be corrected; and projects and deals need to be transparently handled. In addition, thoughtless decision-making must be shunned. The influential lobbies should not be permitted to dictate key energy decisions. The impact...

Pakistan has become a water stressed country, having a capacity of storing water for barely 36 days since the intentional disregard for building storage dams by successive governments from mid 70s. Silting has reduced the storage capacity in the Tarbella dam reservoir from 13.681 Million Acre Feet (MAF) to 9.360 MAF. The water storage capacity of Mangla Dam reservoir has...

A wise decision

September 11, 2018

ECC has ultimately deferred gas tariff to work out a mechanism for rearrangement of subsidy with the sanction of the PM. The issue came up for discussion at the ECC meeting. The meeting discussed the rationale behind 186 per cent increase proposed for the poorest domestic slab of 100 and 300 cubic meters per month and 30pc for all other consumer categories when such a...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was here in Pakistan to make sure if the PTI government would carry on the policies regarding China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Beijing has been quite bitter about the drive against the BRI led by the US government and wanted to know how the new government in Pakistan looked at the CPEC, said to be a model project by China where it has...

It has regularly been said that business should not be the business of the government. It is hoped that given the large investments in the public sector, a new dynamic will be introduced by the PTI rulers to define the nexus between the government and the public sector, by which accountability to Parliament and the people is not diluted. And it should be carried out in...

  During a meeting with a high level US delegation including Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford and other officials, headed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Pakistani officials led by Prime Minister Imran Khan apparently, environment seems to have been reset for growing bilateral relations between the two countries. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,...

Great nations always remember its heroes and get inspiration from the history. Today nation is all set to celebrate Pakistan’s Defense Day, with national patriotism and enthusiasm with a renewed pledge to defend the motherland against all threats. With traditional zeal and fervor Pakistanis commemorate the sacrifices of those who laid their lives defending the motherland...

The government has been quick to assail the climate change problem by starting the 10 billion tree plantation program. There is no greater threat to our shared future than climate change. Every inhabitant of Pakistan, no matter what political outlook or association, must put in their full energy in making certain that this program becomes a booming achievement. One might...

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