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Pakistan announced 15-man World Cup squad on Wednesday, leaving out Fawad Alam, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Bilawal Bhatti and including pace bowler Sohail Khan and leg spinner Yasir shah. The 15-man squad includes two specialist openers, five fast bowlers, and three allrounders in...

The National Assembly and Senate approved the 21st Constitutional Amendment and Pakistan Army Act (Amendment) Bill 2015 on Tuesday, lawmakers voted in favour of the laws which will provide constitutional cover to military courts to be established under the proposed amendment for a period of two years for the trial of terrorism suspects. The Constitutional Amendment Bill...

Pakistan topped the table, once again for the wrong reasons. According to the list issued by the International federation of journalists of the media workers died in the year 2014, 14 belong to Pakistan. Overall, 118 journalists lost their lives, that means 13 more killings as compared to the year 2013. Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, PFUJ has termed the year 2014,...

Two Rangers personnel embraced martyrdom as Indian Border Security Force (BSF) violated the Line of Control (LoC) aiming shots at the officers in Shakargarh Sector. According to the Pakistan Rangers spokesperson, BSF local commander called them over for a flag meeting and opened fire as two of the soldiers reached the border. Both the officers died succumbed to the injuries....

Increase in GST

January 1, 2015

The government has decided to increase the general sales tax (GST) rate on all petroleum products from 17 per cent to 22 per cent, hoping to increase tax collection by an estimated Rs48 billion on an annual basis. Business community has opposed the imposition of 5 percent additional GST on petroleum products and called for urgent withdrawal of this anti-business and anti-people...

We have witnessed some very tragic incidents in the month of December, but today we have entered into the New Year with more responsibilities. On the blank slate of 2015, we would like to offer some resolutions for the perfect ending of this year. Towards the end of last year, we as a nation emerged united to defeat the monster of terrorism. Combating the extremism is...

Dilemma of gas shortage

December 30, 2014

In winter we face severe gas shortage. If the successive governments had done timely planning to meet the supply and demand of gas, our country would not have been going through the current gas crisis. People are facing difficulties as they are compelled to spend a huge amount of money for purchasing food from hotels as there is not sufficient gas to make food at home...

Prime Minister has formulated a committee to implement much awaited, ‘National Action Plan’ to deal with the monster of terrorism. NAP is the output of more or less all of the political parties. During the sittings of all parties conferences, politicians endorsed the idea of setting up special courts to be headed by the military officials. Most of the parties were...

Challenge of terror

December 28, 2014

Pakistan, today, is literally facing the mounting challenge of terror. This needs to be addressed properly with strong commitment of nation and the ruling elite. Pakistan today is a hot subject for International media in the same pretext as a neighboring country’s newspaper: Pakistan has removed its moratorium on death penalty in terror cases, following the Taliban massacre...

The way forward

December 26, 2014

The fact is not denying that the terrorism has literally eviscerated our homeland. Now, we have only way left to steer this country out of the woods. With this acknowledgement of the grim situation at home, there come some crunch questions to fore. Are we Nation State? Do we really understand the requirements of a Nation State? Can we ask at least two brother Islamic...

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