Trade policy fit for Pakistan’s productivity growth – Gonzalo J. Varela

Senior World Bank Economist argues that Pakistan is in dire need of a trade policy focused on import duty reforms to achieve economic growth.

Keeping Hunza Clean Project

Launched in 2019, Clean Hunza project is an initiative on waste management by Hunza’s District Council’, in partnership with Nestle Pakistan, Gilgit’s Baltistan Waste Management Company (GBWMC), and Karakorum Area Development Organization (KADO). The Clean Hunza Project focuses on waste segregation and recycling system for Hunza by encouraging waste management of 200,000 kgs of plastics in 2021, eventually leading up to 1000 tons by 2025.

Mari Petroleum Company awarded four new blocks

Directorate General of Petroleum Concessions (DGPC) has provisionally awarded four new exploration blocks to Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL) as search for new domestic oil and gas sources speeds up in energy-starved Pakistan

Decisions 2020: All eyes on Beijing

Research fellow and China-based News Anchor, argues that from former President Trump's erratic posture towards allies, mercurial foreign policy, and anti-globalization stance to President Biden's consensus-building campaign promises, one thing is common, the United States perception that China's rise is a strategic threat and it needs to contain it.

QABP – M2 Interchange and Multipurpose Complex inauguration

PIEDMC's Quaid-e-Azam Business Park (QABP) is set to get a dedicated interchange, near Monosaranwala, on the Lahore-Islamabad (M-2) motorway, thus facilitating the journey of industrial traffic out of the SEZ towards Lahore and Islamabad. In addition, a modern Multipurpose Complex will also be launched soon to facilitate SEZ’s industrial customers. Work will begin on both projects in February – together these features will fortify the status of QABP as 'Pakistan's only smart SEZ.'

World Bank Country Partnership Framework 2022-26: Have your Say!

The World Bank is in the midst of a series of consultations with stakeholders across Pakistan, as it sets up its priorities for the country for its new five-year strategy 2022-26, led by the relatively new country director for Pakistan, Najy Benhassine, who arrived last year amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Mass Graves of Kashmir

As we remember the mass rapes of Kunan & Poshpora of February 1991, it becomes an imperative to remember the mass graves of Kashmir – that once shocked the world and then conveniently forgotten in the niceties of global realpolitik. Kashmiri Muslim’s blood has always been cheap.

Forgotten Women of Kashmir: Thirty Years On…!

A Kashmiri Human Rights activist, from New York, remembers that “Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day” began as an effort to recognize the struggles of women living under the Indian occupation. He reminds us how Indian forces, since 1989, continuously employed mass rapes as a weapon of war to suppress the people’s will in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOK), and how the world aided and abetted by being a silent spectator. He urges the State of Pakistan, its politicians, media and civil society to find time to understand the enormity of what befell Kashmiri people and their women, and highlight this crime by commemorating February 23rd as a National day of mourning.

Adopting Export-led Strategy for Sustainable Growth

An “exports first” approach requires the government to deliberately allocate resources toward sectors that produce for the export markets at the expense of domestic consumption. Other Asian economies have achieved socio-economic development following this path, Pakistan can do so too with persistent focus and the right set of policies.

Editorial – February 2021 – Exports Special Feature

On the domestic political front, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) an alliance of 11 opposition political parties has failed to generate the kind of street momentum it was looking for...

Top 6 Exporters of Pakistan

Rankings may vary year to year, but we have identified Pakistan’s Top Six Exporters and explained what they all do and surprisingly all are in the textile field!

Pakistan Towards 2030 – Desperate need for legal and judicial reforms

Dr. Bajwa - Historian and trained legal mind – argues that Pakistan’s colonial era legal system is archaic, reeking under challenges of modernity and is unable to serve country’s growing needs for global integration, credible commercial transactions and justice for the common man. He presents an overview of the legal and judicial reforms that are urgently needed to ensure internal peace and harmony.