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Dar rejects IMF bailout as he defends his performance

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News Analysis | In blistering remarks at the first public appearance since his indictment on corruption charges, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar tried on Monday to dispel the impression that the country is facing an economic emergency and will need to return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) soon because of depleting foreign exchange reserves. He said the overall budget deficit fell...

Mufti Qavi appears before court in Qandeel Baloch murder case

Controversial

News Analysis | Mufti Abdul Qavi, a suspect in the murder case of the social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, appeared before a session’s court in Multan for the first time in connection with the infamous murder case on Tuesday. Police had included Mufti Qavi's name as a suspect in the murder case on the request of her father, Muhammad Azeem who in a...

Why Nadeem Nusrat’s desertion from MQM-London is not significant?

Nadeem Nusrat

News Analysis | According to sources, Muttahida Qaumi Movement's (MQM) convener in London Nadeem Nusrat has parted ways with Altaf Hussain. He has moved to the United States with his family. Media reports in Pakistan are split over what exactly has happened. According to Dawn, the rift over financial matters forced Nusrat to take the decision. However, according to Tribune, Muttahida Qaumi...

Dear Mr. Nawaz Sharif: Masses are on the side of law

LAW

Dr. Farid A Malik | The law is equal whether you are a ruler or a subject! Law deal everyone equally whether you are a ruler or a subject Equality is a virtue, everyone is equal in terms of law According to the age-old saying, “justice delayed is justice denied”. Accused driven delays lead to decay of the society. There can be no escape...

Is it about time speculations over ‘threats to democracy’ must stop?

News Analysis | PML-N MNA Hamza Shahbaz has said that Pakistan can ill-afford a clash between state institutions. While talking to a gathering at Awaan-e-Iqbal, Lahore Hamza said that he loves his country's police, Army, and Rangers. The remarks came hours after Prime Minister Shahid Khaqqan Abbasi said that Army Chief General Bajwa has every right to speak and express...

Malaysian Sultan speaks up against Saudi inspired ultra-conservatism

conservatism

James M. Dorsey | Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, the sovereign of the Malaysian state of Johor, does not mince his words. His repeated verbal assaults on Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism that traces its roots to Saudi-inspired puritan interpretations of the faith constitute an antidote to supremacist attitudes in parts of the Islamic world that rival rising Islamophobia in the West. Sultan Ibrahim’s statements...

India & Pakistan: Officers and Gentlemen..

GVS Special Wars are cruel, they are ferocious, they turn us into beasts of death and destruction but amidst all debris of blood, bones and flesh human sprit rises to assure us that after every dark night there can be a fresh morning - What follows relates to a little known battle front, at "Bara Pind" Punjab, on Dec 16,...

Kurram IED blast: Signs of a new terror war to come

IED blast

News Analysis | Captain Hasnain, who was martyred in a blast in Kurram Agency along with three other soldiers Sunday morning, was laid to rest in his native town with full military honors. Four security officials were martyred and three injured in Kharlachi area of Kurram Agency Sunday morning, when an improvised electronic device (IED) blast targeted FC personnel stationed...

Islamabad draws red lines: No political role for India in Afghanistan!

red lines

News Analysis | Pakistan has categorically told the United States that its cooperation on Afghanistan is strictly contingent upon how Washington limits Indian role in Afghanistan in the realm of economic reconstruction. Pakistan once again iterated its severe distaste and concern of any political or military role for Delhi in the war-torn country. Islamabad made this demand in a candid...

Will Trump’s praise for Pakistan improve ties?

Pakistan

M K Bhadrakumar | The Pakistani elites have shown once again that they can beat their Indian counterparts hands down in sucking up to the Americans. The manner in which they wormed their way back into the bed with the Trump administration takes the breath away. They apparently planted ‘actionable intelligence’ on the US agencies regarding the whereabouts of American citizen...

The NAB vs Dar game continues as PML-N lend full support to the Finance Minister

Finance Minister

News Analysis | The accountability court has resumed the fifth hearing of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar's graft reference after it was postponed earlier today due to non-availability of his counsel, Khawaja Harris. However, Ishaq Dar appeared in the court today despite attempts to take exemptions from attending hearings in relation to the graft reference filed against him. The National Accountability Bureau(NAB) indicted...

India refuses to sign NPT in order to hang on to nuclear weapons

nuclear weapons

News Analysis | India has ruled out the possibility of joining the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapon state but said it remains “committed” to a unilateral voluntary moratorium on nuclear explosive testing. “The question of India joining the NPT as NNWS (non-nuclear weapon states) does not arise,” Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament Amandeep Singh...

Indonesia, Malaysia & Philippines launch joint patrols to tackle ISIS threat

Philippines

Jumel G. Estrañero | Staggering six months of waiting coupled with best efforts before this quarter of 2017, a more concrete defense alignment and cooperation is unfolding in Southeast Asia. Three ASEAN member states have shared common cause for one vision and mission – ‘TO COMBAT TERRORISM’. The Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia launched trilateral air patrol operations on 12 October...

What does strategic relationship with China means for Pakistan?

strategic

Jan Achakzai | The 19th National Congress of China’s Communist Party will be held in Beijing. It is very important as new political elite will be appointed to Politburo and Standing Committee. But more significantly, it will chalk out China’s medium-term goals in foreign policy, economy and other aspects of the Chinese government’s activities through its subordinate departments. 19th Congress to...

Ahsan Iqbal takes a U-turn: Says democracy is not under threat in Pakistan

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News Analysis | Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, after being the fulcrum of the exchange of words between the civilian and military leadership in the past week, has said that democracy is not under threat in Pakistan. He said this while addressing PML-N workers and journalists at the residence of the party's president in New York. Iqbal, who is currently on a...

Pakistan Army’s position on Economy & Sharif dynasty’s need for chaos?

Safdar's

 Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | I think this may be the beginning of a move to build public opinion for a possible interim arrangement to try and stop the bleeding and improve governance! But if this process hasn't been very deeply thought through and rigorously war gamed to the "nth" degree, evaluating all eventualities and countermeasures, such an arrangement will ultimately...

Al-Britani: My friend-turned ISIS recruit in Raqqa

in Raqqa

Murtaza Shibli | “Raqqa will never be the same”, claims Abu Adam Al-Britani in a 72-minute long tape that was issued late last month. He provides a chilling account of the scale of death and destruction in the city that was a de facto capital of the Islamic state in Syria when the group formally declared the so-called Islamic Caliphate...

Sharif’s playbook to escape justice; 2017 edition.

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PML-N government ministers and their supporters in the media are continuously trying to give the impression that the ruckus and rowdiness which lead to the cancellation of the NAB trial court proceedings on Friday was a spontaneous happening resulting from mismanagement between the court and police. They argue that since the police were not letting the lawyers enter the court,...

Pakistan’s Growing Challenge: Drug Use & Abuse…

drug

GVS Analysis | Listening to policemen in Islamabad and Lahore reveals that more and more of Pakistani youth are experimenting with new and dangerous drugs. College-going boys and girls, from upper middle-class homes, with disposable incomes, define the consumers in a food and profit chain in which suppliers and members of law enforcement agencies are all linked. Drugs are varied:...

PM Abbasi takes a dig at military regimes

the economy

News Analysis| Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday said Pakistan's progress was always halted by military dictators. The premier made these remarks during the inauguration ceremony of Pakistan International Bulk Terminal in Karachi. The 59-year old Abbasi who was handpicked by former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif as his replacement after the latter was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Panama Case,...

Kidnapped Canadian says child killed, wife raped in Afghanistan

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A U.S-Canadian couple and their three children freed from captivity in Pakistan return to Canada, where the husband Joshua Boyle said one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped. A U.S-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan, returned to Canada on Friday (October 13) where the husband...

Talal vs Iqbal – who is right on Pakistan’s economy?

Pakistan's economy

News Analysis | Talal Chaudhary on Friday lamented the deteriorating situation of the economy and professed that worsening position of the economy is due to the disqualification of the disgraced ex-PM Nawaz Sharif. His statement brought him in direct confrontation with the widely publicized economic view of the Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal. Later that day, Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal speaking with...

Sharif Family Corruption Trial: What is the role of Monitoring Judge?

Monitoring Judge

News Analysis| On Friday, Oct 13, main opposition party, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf demanded the Monitoring Judge, of Supreme Court, Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan take notice of the conspiracies to obstruct justice by the Sharif family. PTI spokesman, Fawad Chaudhry, was speaking to the media immediately after the rowdyism at the Accountability Court by the PMLN lawyers, due to which indictment of...

How to Improve Pak-UAE ties across the board

Pak-UAE

News Analysis | During a visit to the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), the United Arab Emirates Ambassador Hamad Obaid Alzaabi has said that UAE wanted to further enhance trade relations with Pakistan as both countries have great scope to promote trade in many areas. He called for a development of a 10-year roadmap to utilize potential areas of...

Taliban raped wife, killed daughter said Joshua Boyle after safe return to Toronto

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News Analysis | Joshua Boyle, the Canadian citizen who was rescued along with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman and three children in an Intelligence-based operation (IBO) by the Pakistan Army on Thursday said that the Taliban captors raped his wife and killed his infant daughter. The 34-year old Boyle made these gory revelations after safely returning to Toronto on Friday. “The...

South Asians remain hungrier than Botswana, Iraq & North Korea!

South Asian

News Analysis | Home to the largest concentration of population on Earth, the region of South Asia has performed dismally in the current Global Hunger Index 2017 released by Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The rankings are based on four indicators: undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting, and child stunting. The rankings of the two major powers of the...

Noor Bukhari quits entertainment industry and starts a new life

entertainment

News Analysis | Noor Bukhari, famous Lollywood actress and once a popular morning show host has decided to quit the entertainment industry. She announced this decision after declaring herself emotionally devastated from the dissolution of her fourth marriage. However, 34-year old was recently spotted in Hijab. After which she officially confirmed the media her decision. “I think I am lucky to...

Ahsan Iqbal’s beef with the military escalates

Ahsan

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal issued a statement on Friday condemning DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor’s comments on the state of Pakistan’s economy. “DG ISPR should refrain from commenting on national economy,” said the minister during an informal meeting with journalists in Washington on Friday. “Irresponsible statements could hurt Pakistan’s global image,” he added. Read More: Ahsan Iqbal-Rangers spat: Does it depict...

Trump tweets thanks to Pakistan

Pakistan

News Analysis | Donald Trump, on October 14, tweeted that the US is starting to develop better relations with Pakistan and thanked it for better cooperation on 'many fronts'.  The day earlier he had also during a press conference thanked Pakistan after it freed the American hostages from the Taliban. Similar words were spoken by the US state department's spokesperson, Heather Nauert. “I...

“Mad Dog” Mattis Barks About CPEC And Endangers NATO’s Afghan Caravan

Mad Dog

Andrew Korybko | US Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis recently said that “the One Belt, One Road also goes through disputed territory, and I think that in itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate”, around which time he also threatened to work on revoking Pakistan’s “Major Non-NATO Ally” (MNNA) designation if it doesn’t...

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