Looking back

Looking back, moving forward

Editorial Periscope | February 2020 Our issue this month takes a look back at last year's events, which almost brought two nuclear nations to outright...
Political

Complex Kaleidoscope of Pakistan’s political theatre

Political system remained under stress from Peshawar to Karachi. It seems as if outgoing Chief Justice, Asif Saeed Khosa, had fired a “silver bullet”...
Pulwama

Pulwama: “Opportunity” to exploit or “Events Manufactured” to tailor strategy?

Around 3:15 pm on February 14, 2019, a car, packed with around 80KG RDX explosives rammed into the Indian convoy of 78 buses carrying...
Balakot

Assessment of India’s Balakot raid, aftermath & future implications

Indian strategic community – influenced by actions of Israel and the United States in the Middle East - has been debating how to establish...
FATF

FATF: Keeping Pakistan on the edge!

The next showdown between India and Pakistan it seems will come between February 16 to 21 during the FATF plenary meetings in Paris, France.India,...
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India’s S-400 Air Defence and balance of power in South Asia

The long-range, highly mobile Russian S-400 Triumf Air Defence surface-to-air missile, known as S-21 Growler in the West, is a formidable weapon. Primarily developed...
Economic

Pakistan’s economic policy for the 2020s

‘... In succession Houses rise and fall, crumble, are extended, Are removed, destroyed, restored, or in their place, Is an open field, or a...
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Corruption & democracy indices: A storm in a teacup?

Islamabad’s never-ending gossip mill believes that a bewildered, heart-broken man sat in a huge white building on constitution avenue as Transparency International Report 2019...
PM Imran Khan

PM Imran Khan unleashes a dream: First CPEC SEZ takes off!

During his second visit to China in October 2019, PM Imran Khan had declared that CPEC phase-2 was the next big game and it...
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SEZ policy of Pakistan

The Special Economic Zones Act 2012 (SEZ 2012, Amended 2016) was promulgated on September 13, 2012, and the SEZ Rules were notified in 2013...
FIEDMC

FIEDMC: Flag carrier of public-private partnership in Pakistan

The successful ground-breaking of the Allama Iqbal Industrial City (AIIC), Pakistan’s first CPEC linked Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the first week of January...
China

China’s policy of industrial relocation

China initiated the new model of regional integration in 2013, namely “Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)” with the investment of $ 900 billion, in...
Insurance

Why insurance industry has not prospered in Pakistan: CEO UBL Insurers explains

GVS: How big is Pakistan’s insurance market? What is its exact size? How does it compare with other markets? Zeeshan Raza: It is around Rs....
Oscars

2020 Oscar nominations: Which Best Picture will win?

It is hard to remember a year now when the Oscars didn’t cause some controversy. From the La La Land-Moonlight snafu to Green Books...
Sacch

Sacch: Pretty places, pretty people and nothing else

Hum Films' Sacch is the kind of movie that you get tired of halfway through your first viewing. Nothing about the film is offensively...
Knives Out

Knives Out: Murder by Hollywood’s finest

Knives Out is a rare film to find these days. A whodunnit filled with Hollywood's finest actors and based on an original script is...

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