Why Regionally Competitive Energy tariffs are needed for textile sector!

Authors argue that the government proposal to remove the RCET policy and offer DLTL scheme of rebates to exporters instead is a highly illogical policy that spoils their efforts undertaken for the past two-half years, which has led to an expansion and growth of the textile sector.

How Engineers, Designers and Architects fought the pandemic

The deadly virus brought forth ‘unlikely’ heroes from all nations. Engineering & construction companies worldwide – from China to Mexico to Turkey - stepped up to help their nations fight against the pandemic. These unsung heroes helped frontline health warriors by delivering high-quality prefab hospitals in rapid time. In Pakistan, the FWO rose to this challenge by building Pakistan’s first-ever designated prefabricated hospital. Isolation Hospital and Infections Treatment Center (IHITC), Islamabad, to tackle the COVID-19 cases, was built in a record time of 40 days -despite Margalla hills gift: unrelenting rains. With the arrival of the third-wave, more of these engineering marvels may be needed.

Afghan Peace enters a crucial phase: Challenges Ahead?

Senior diplomat argues that with a new administration in Washington, new challenges have arisen in Afghanistan’s already chaotic political landscape. Many major players have come forward posturing to take part in the revival of what is notoriously known as the “Graveyard of Nations.”

The Pendulum swings on Pakistan relations with India

Long-time diplomat argues that reaching out to India while the Indian state continues to inflict bloody blows to Kashmiris diminishes Pakistan’s national and international stature. He enquires what has materially changed on the ground in the past 19 months to precipitate a ‘rethink’? Does the change relate to an operational strategy, or Islamabad finds its goals having been shrunk?

Covid ‘vaccine nationalism’ highlights failure of Multi-lateral system

The fact that ‘pandemic’ itself means something widespread globally, it is a shame that rich, advanced countries have practiced ‘vaccine nationalism’ – hoarding, for...

Promoting Sustainable Construction Sector

The developed world has already realized that PVC is the future of sustainable construction. With climate change becoming a more significant threat with each passing day, and Pakistan being one of the most vulnerable countries to this, it is high time that the Pakistani governments start encouraging sustainable techniques in the construction sector.

Does Pakistan need an autonomous State Bank?

State Bank's former governor agrees with the recent amendment in State Bank of Pakistan granting it greater autonomy. However, he believes objectives like Employment and Growth should not be compromised.

Strategic police reforms in Pakistan: latest developments in years 2019-20

Police are the entry point of the criminal justice system. Though the pull of the status quo forces is much stronger than the push...

Islamabad Security Dialogue: Reaching out to the World

PM Imran Khan's vision of Madina ke Riyasat, where not only equity and justice prevail, but as his recently launched 'Koi bhooka na soye'...

Zulfi Bhutto: The man and his legend lives on

There remains a powerful, persistent, possibly growing, but certainly undying, mystic belief held by millions of Pakistanis, not only Sindhis but Punjabis, Baluchis and...