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Why Balochistan needs a cure for its drug addiction

Balochistan takes a suffocating breath amidst heavy drug culture. The province languishes hard under the drug mafias who enjoy undisputed, extensive, and wide reach over the state institutions. Since...

How “leaders” caused mayhem in the National Assembly

The past few years have seen a new buzzword, or perhaps more accurately, a buzz term, enter the country’s political discourse; ‘supremacy of parliament’. Politicians swear to uphold it,...

American geo-political isolation like never before

This was reiterated by the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the parliament last month, saying that “no US base will be allowed by Prime Minister Imran Khan so long he is in power”.

Was Quaid-e-Azam’s Pakistan meant to be a secular state?

|Qamar Islam The argument for Pakistan’s creation was the two-nation theory i.e., that Muslims and Hindus were two separate nations on the basis of their religion and their way of...

Did PTI present a pro-people budget?

Sajid Iqbal The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is expecting 3.94% annual growth in the coming year (2021-2022). The expectation fairly raises an eyebrow because of a huge Rs30 trillion public...

Why Pakistan needs to keep businessmen out of politics

My father was a businessman and so was my grandfather. The family principles being:  Indulge only in business, do not seek employment; finances must be interest-free; success comes through...

Watch: How Hindu ‘leaders’ spew hatred against Muslims

India is still groaning under the pandemic. Three thousand to four thousand patients still succumb to the disease each day; the government’s premature claim of victory against the disease...

Did America’s flawed foreign policy give rise to militancy?

There is little doubt that the key principles governing the US foreign policy have been violence, destruction, and bloodshed associated with fueling the conditions of constant war in territories...

The past, present and future of PTV

As the new Minister in charge of, inter alia, PTV, Fawad Chaudhry can bring some much-needed zest and reform to this national institution.

Budget 2021 and the whines of fading hopes

Another budget for Pakistan has been released by the PTI government. Three years in power and three finance ministers tried to maintain the precision by which a subservient nation...

Is Iran on the verge of full SCO membership?

Eager to enhance its negotiating leverage with the United States and Europe, Iran is projecting imminent membership of the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in much the same way...

Does Pakistan need the Chicago Boys to save its economy?

In 1956 the University of Chicago and Santiago's Universidad Cato'lica--with the help of Ford Foundation--signed an exchange agreement to send young economics students to the United States to learn...

Pakistan’s blame game and ways to end it

“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”  Robert N. Anthony The quote by Robert N. Anthony epitomizes our understanding of how successful people learn from their...

Operation Barbarossa: Did Stalin foresee Hitler’s attack? (Part two)

After the failed November 1940 discussions in Berlin, of the Soviet Union's foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov, both he and his leader Joseph Stalin occasionally remarked that Nazi Germany was...

How to cure Pakistan from ‘Toadism’

My late father Nazir Ahmed Malik proudly displayed his Tehreek-e-Pakistan Gold Medal which he received for his struggle in the freedom movement. For defending his neighborhood in Ludhiana, he...

Irony: G-7 wants to protect poor countries from China’s debt trap

The G7 leaders, during their recent meeting, agreed to float a new infrastructure investment initiative that would serve to counter China's influence in developing countries through its Belt and...

Dealing with Pakistan’s illegal tobacco consumption

Pakistan is among one of the largest consumers of tobacco in the world. The Demographic and Health Survey 2017-18 revealed that more than 19 percent of the population consumed...

Saudi Arabia stepping up efforts to replace UAE and Qatar?

Saudi Arabia has stepped up efforts to outflank the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as the Gulf’s commercial, cultural, and/or geostrategic hub. The kingdom has recently expanded its challenge to...

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Special Assistant to PM, Tabish Gauhar Sheds Light on the Power...

Tabish Gauhar explains the key issues underlying the circular debt and what initiatives the government is working on to contain the it.