Editorial: Uneasy is the head that wears the crown

The May edition of Global Village Space (GVS) magazine is out! This issue looks at the political and economic challenges facing the country.

HBL – A ‘Technology Company with a Banking License’

Starting in 2016, HBL adopted a technology-focused approach, which is unparalleled in the country. It re-envisioned itself as a 'Technology company with a banking license' and, in doing so, transformed itself into a bank of the future – one that is empowering its customers through digital enablement.

Masjid-e-Nabawi incident: Morally reprehensible but must not be religiously weaponized!

During PM Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to Masjid-e-Nabwi, some Pakistani pilgrims in the courtyard outside the mosque shouted slogans of “Chor, Chor” (thieves) against the...

Shariat Court directs government to move away from interest based banking

End of April, the Federal Shariat Court made a landmark decision on a long-pending case and ruled that Pakistan's prevailing interest-based economy and banking system is against Islamic preaching

Shahbaz Sharif: A Prime Minister with unparalleled challenges

Life has never been easy for a Pakistani Prime Minister, but none has ever faced the kind of existential challenges from day one as PM Shahbaz Sharif faces. His survival in office will be a miracle, but then miracles do happen in Pakistan – Editor GVS examines!

Depolarizing electronic voting machines (EVMs)

EVM expert argues that it is an unfortunate and inescapable truth that whenever election technology – be it electronic voting machines (EVMs), Internet voting, or result transmission systems – are deployed without the necessary homework and due diligence, these systems are likely to fail.

Electoral reforms – put the last first

Election expert questions the motivations behind the new desire for political parties to form another parliamentary committee on electoral reforms, given they had passed the Elections Act 2017, which had been approved after extensive consultations across the board, and the committee had met over 70 times beforehand.

Overseas Pakistanis: Hail, the new Kingmakers

The author addresses why Overseas Pakistanis should be allowed to vote, given that common objections include that they are seen to have no skin in the game or don't know what is happening in the streets of Pakistan.

New IMF program for Pakistan: Analyzing the rerun of balance of payment challenges

As the new Shehbaz Sharif-led government negotiates with the IMF for yet more financing, economic expert highlights the looming issue of the balance of payments.

The organized chaos in Balochistan

When the Baloch Sardars talk about the rights of the Baloch people, they mean themselves. All the cultivable land, water resources, and grazing grounds are the private property of these chieftains. The common man ekes out a miserable life in Balochistan.

Pakistan at the Crossroads – Lt Gen (Retd) Tariq Khan

These are all ‘slogans without substance’ where nations wallow in the filth of their own creation while these catchphrases are loudly broadcasted only to silence the multitudes who question the leadership as to what road they are on being taken down.

Pakistan: The economic focus

Apart from the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia falls behind other regions in terms of gender outcomes and attitudes toward gender equality. People's unique opinions are more conventional than social conventions.