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Many are criticizing the act of government to enforce smart lockdowns just ahead of Eid, but we believe this is the smartest thing that the government could do right now. It has just achieved the somewhat miraculous feat, considering the circumstances all over the world, of reducing the death rate from the coronavirus...

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza has said that the sale of sacrificial animals and establishment of cattle markets within cities are strictly banned across the country. He said that special preparations have been made in consultations with all stakeholders to implement Standard Operating Procedure during Eid Days. Pandemic will further...

The US-China Cold War is building up just as the South Asian region is undergoing phenomenal changes. One direct impact has been ejection of India from Iran’s major strategic projects, especially in and around the Chahbahar Port which, let’s not forget, was mean to rival Gawadar in the long run at a time when Tehran and Beijing have inked a $400 billion pact. This...

One of the areas where Pakistan should take measures on war-footing is birth control if the projected population, released in the 2020 World Population Data Sheet by the US Population Reference Bureau, Washington, is to be viewed. According to the datasheet, Pakistan’s current population is estimated at 220.9 million with an annual fertility rate of 3.6 children per...

Since the day the Cabinet Division released the details of the assets and nationality status of 20 advisers and special assistants to the prime minister (SAPMs), there has been a debate ongoing on the pros and cons of having the people with dual nationalities in the cabinet. A Cabinet Division`s notification states that of 19 non-elected cabinet members, seven SAPMs are...

The government has belatedly admitted the shortage of wheat in the country as it has allowed private buyers to buy stocks from the international market. In the times of a pandemic, when food security becomes a most vital issue for every country, it becomes harder to import wheat at usual rates. All major wheat exporting countries, such as Russia and the US, have banned...

Importance of the anti-polio campaign has been increased due to the coronavirus pandemic and deputy commissioners should monitor the anti-polio campaigns in their respective districts as the government wants Punjab to be totally free from polio disease. Before the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were fighting against poliovirus. Pakistan is one of the two countries,...

Following international norms and laws under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963, Pakistan has provided a consular access to convicted Indian spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav. This is a second counselor access to Indian naval commander Jadhav in 10 months. Besides the counselor access, Pakistan has granted a meeting session to the mother and wife and wife of...

A month after the news of the possession of fake licences by 40 percent of all Pakistani pilots broke, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) refuted the accusation by claiming the matter had been dealt with improperly and misconstrued immensely. However, the truth value of their statement is up for debate. In regards to aviation, Pakistan has been under immense scrutiny....

In fresh inputs now available in open source domains, China and Iran are on course to chalk out a comprehensive 25 year strategic partnership based on an agreement signed during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Teheran in January 2016. Iranian President after the visit had stated the visit to be beginning of a “new chapter” aimed to build economic ties...

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