Editorial

Unprincipled Jingoism

The US House of Representatives’ Canada-related motion once again proves that the US has no equal when it comes to employing a double standard. As well as passing three Hong Kong-related resolutions on Tuesday, the House adopted a fourth resolution, praising Canada for arresting Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecom giant Huawei in December, acting on a US ...

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Arm twisting once again

n a twitter message Ms Alice Wells, assistant Secretary of the US State Department Bureau for South Asia and Central Asian affairs, appreciated Pakistan’s recent measures for militancy control but once again urged for doing more to stop militants from operating within its borders. She expressed partial satisfaction over the arrest of four leaders of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Jumat-Dawa Chief Hafiz ...

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New chaos in Middle East

US President Donald Trump on Monday imposed sanctions on Turkey, raising tariffs on Turkish steel up to 50 percent and halted negotiations over a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey. Trump was believed to acquiesce to Turkey’s attacks on Kurdish forces after he announced the withdrawal of the last 1,000 US troops from northern Syria. However, after Turkey’s attacks had ...

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World Bank report

The World Bank Report on the performance of South Asian economies titled: “South Asia Focus 2019 fall” predicts that inflation rate in Pakistan will shoot up to 13 percent, fiscal deficit will widen and public debt will mount further during the next two years. It depicts different picture when compared with the quarterly economic reviews presented by the Advisor on ...

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Agriculture is essential

For a populous country such as China, the importance of food security can never be overemphasized, and the country’s ability to meet its people’s needs for food mainly by means of its own agricultural production is a great contribution to global food security and world stability. It is no exaggeration to say that having the capability to feed more than ...

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Oil & Gas exploration

Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has approved in principle an investment programme in oil and gas exploration projects. He has directed the energy department to move formal summary for its inclusion in the annual development programme. The provincial government intends to lease out 12 blocks in the tribal districts and 19 in the settled districts to oil and gas ...

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Moving to the next phase

It has been a long time coming, but finally there seems to have been a breakthrough in the trade dispute between China and the United States. Although a comprehensive deal is said to be still in the works, the positive developments from the latest round of trade negotiations between the two sides – if delivered – are extremely welcome news. ...

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Economic review

Highlighting the salient features of quarterly economic review, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr.Abdual Hafeez Sheikh cited improvements in all macroeconomic indicators. He said that deficit in current account has decreased by 35 percent, fiscal deficit has gone down by 36 percent, tax revenue is up by 16 percent and exchange rate stability has been achieved. He expressed ...

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Kashmir Conflict-Lessons for Pakistan

Babar Ali Malik As all the Pakistani Nation stands in unprecedented support to Kashmir dispute and to condemn the brutal and severe violation of the human right in Kashmir, one has to reflect back that how this issue actually originated. The root cause analysis of the given dispute will provide wonderful insights and some knowledge in how to approach this ...

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Necessities of life

The food ‘langar’ set up with the Saylani Trust by tWhe government under its Ehsaas programme is sadly perhaps a necessity at this point in Pakistan’s history. We see on a daily basis many other soup kitchens similar to it running in various places, set up by various individuals or charities. According to international organizations charity, and especially food charity, ...

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