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Saudi Crown Prince’s limitations on putting the genie back in the...

James M Dorsey | Valentine’s Day in Riyadh and Islamabad as well as parts of Indonesia and Malaysia puts into sharp relief Saudi Arabia’s ability...

Fawad Khan makes online media debut with new web series

News Desk | Fawad Khan is set to make his first-ever appearance in a web series as he features in a five-episode online family drama....

Islamabad High Court sets precedence asks to investigate Musharraf for corruption

News Analysis | On 10 February 2018 Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to investigate General Pervez Musharraf over alleged corruption...

Death in Afghanistan or bitter life in Pakistan: refugees’ choice

AFP | Death awaits you in Afghanistan, says refugee Mohammad Wali, insisting he prefers to endure a grim existence in a Pakistani camp than return...

CPEC contribution to cross $100 billion in the next 12 years

News Analysis | On 9th February 2018, the Executive Director to Center of Excellence (COE) for CPEC Dr. Shahid Rashid told journalists in a press...

Senate elections: How many seats is each party expected to win?

News Analysis | Senate elections are taking place on 3rd March as announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The final date for submission...

FBR to catch non taxpayers living in apartment buildings in Islamabad

News Analysis | In face of its failure to apprehend tax evaders and subsequently the inability to narrow down the tax base, the government is...

‘Separatist Movements in India’ highlights Indian intentions towards Pakistan

Asif Haroon Raja | I was invited by Muslim Institute Islamabad as one of the speakers to attend the launching ceremony of a book titled...

Indonesia allows unlimited kinnow import from Pakistan

News Analysis | Indonesia’s commerce minister on 26th January announced the lifting of the quota embargo on kinnow imports from Pakistan, allowing shipment of an...

Rao Anwar’s name placed on Exit Control List

News Analysis | The name of former SSP Malir Rao Anwar has been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) by the Supreme Court (SC)...

Chaudry Nisar’s supporters burning Pervaiz Rashid’s posters highlights PML-N’s internal strife

News Analysis | The supporters of PML (N) Leader Chaudhry Nisar led a procession against fellow PML (N) member Pervaiz Rashid. This is in the...

Mama Qadeer on Indian TV Channel says Pakistan is lying over...

News Analysis | Abdul Qadeer Baloch, a Baloch human rights activist, yesterday, on an Indian News channel, CNN-News 18, claimed that Jadhav was a businessman,...

Our Trump Card

Ikram Sehgal | Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year...

PM Abbasi orders Internet access all across the country

News Analysis | The Premier on Friday the 12th of January addressed a ceremony in Islamabad at a local hotel for the contract signing of...

Pakistan must maintain ties with neighbours to become self-sufficient

Mahnoor Saleem | Since last August, air was patently cold between Washington and Islamabad because it was then for the first time, when President Trump...

Pakistani animated film trailer reveals great animation and landscapes

News Analysis | Allahyar and the Legend of the Markhor is an animated movie that has sparked widespread interest all over Pakistan. It is due...

LPG importers give government ultimatum

News Analysis | A Liquefied Petroleum Gas crisis is looming above as LPG importers on 10th January warned to suspend import of LPG from next month...

Remembering Air Marshal Asghar Khan

News Desk | Air Marshal retired Asghar Khan passed away on Friday in Islamabad at the age of 96 after a long illness. His funeral...

Russia to meet ISIS threat from Afghanistan

M K Bhadrakumar | Kulbhushan Jadhav and our “surgical strike 2.0” across the LOC kept the adrenaline flowing in recent days, but it is the regional conference on...

KP and Islamabad follow Punjab and form food authorities

News Analysis | The provincial food watchdog Punjab Food Authority, that has been tightening the noose around food vendors all over the province, upon completion...

PIA celebrates Christmas mid-flight

News Desk | Passengers were overjoyed when Santa Claus made a surprise appearance on Karachi-Islamabad Flight PK-308.  Flight attendants dressed as Santa Claus made an appearance mid-flight...

CPEC: A Chinese Vision Since 2005

Saeed Afridi | China’s rise has been attributed to the successful implementation of its ‘Dual Track’ transition policy based on gradual, incremental and near-constant reform of its economic sector in conjunction with Five Year Plans. The is Dual Track policy emphasised on social and economic reform; without any corresponding political reform. It started under Deng Xiaoping post-1976, based on the Zhou Enlai’s “Four Modernisation Plan” and has seen additional changes with every Five Year Plan (FYP). The National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NDRC) has played an instrumental role in China’s development through these Five Year Plans. China’s Regions and Economic Development Economic and social reforms proposed by the NDRC in its 5th and 6th FYPs, from 1978 till 1984, have formed the bedrock of subsequent economic development. China was divided into three zones, Coastal, Central and Western. The coastal zone became the immediate focus of economic reforms through “Special Economic Zones”, and an “Open Door” policy to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and creating internal economic corridors. An initiative that links CPEC, BCIMEC and CCWAEC with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should have been, and now must be, the crux of Pakistan’s regional economic goals, much like Kazakhstan’s efforts. The 7th and 8th FYPs (1984-1993) built upon this success by introducing internal market reforms and began China’s transformation into a localised Socialist market economy while Jian Zemin’s subsequent 9th and 10th FYPs went further and introduced large-scale privatisation within provinces, an expansion of successful policies into the Central Region and laying the groundwork for future expansion within the Western Region. By 2006, the rapid economic development of the Coastal and Central regions had created a huge disparity in the economic and social well being within China. The focus since the 11th and 12th FYPs has been the re-orientation of China’s “Dual Track” reform towards China’s Western region. The development of China’s Western Region as an economic zone required access to economically advantageous primary resources and the development of market access for the export of goods.

Shaan urges Indian community to support better Indo-Pak relations

News Desk | Pakistani acting legend Shaan Shahid has urged the Indian community to support Pak-India cultural ties. An international media outlet interviewed the leading...

Pakistan standing with the global community against climate change: PM Abbasi

News Analysis | Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Pakistan remains committed to playing its role in the global struggle for countering the...

Pakistan’s contributions for the uplift of Afghan people

Afrah Jamal | Pakistan and Afghanistan have history. And it is not all good. They have a shared border – though its legality has been...

Government to introduce new load shedding tracking app

News Analysis | Federal Minister for Power Division Awais Leghari on Wednesday said that a mobile application is in the papers to be developed to track load...

Are Tillerson’s comments going to increase Pak-US tensions?

News Analysis | Pakistan has told the United States that it “is not North Korea” and that it was committed to global peace, diplomatic sources...

Is ‘Full Spectrum Deterrence’ an effective nuclear policy for Pakistan?

Dr. Zafar Jaspal | India has been amassing colossal military hardware to materialise its war fighting concepts ‘Cold Start Doctrine’ and Pro-Active Military Operations Strategy’....

Pak media polarized? It’s just business, nothing personal!

Shiffa Yousafzai | Many will agree with me that perhaps the biggest problem with Pakistani media today is its sharply polarized nature. The split between...

How will rising extremism in Pakistan affect its ties with the...

James M Dorsey | A recent government surrender to militant demands for stricter adherence to Islam mediated by the military coupled with the release from...

Muniba Mazari offers an explanation for viral video praising ex-husband

News Desk | Muniba Mazari was recently criticized for twisting the facts of her marital split time and again in her earlier interviews after a...

Halal Food Authority back in business

News Analysis | Halal Food Authority, a probing body put together in 2015 for the task of reassuring that food products sold to local markets...

The benefits of joining Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | Pakistan has been encountering devastating terrorism. The transnational terrorist organizations with the connivance of the neighbouring states intelligence agencies have...

State Surrender

Saad Rasool | As the nation recovers from TLY’s dharnas in Islamabad and Lahore, one lamentable fact has become painfully clear: no matter who the...

Standing Committee on Climate Change suggests removing taxes on hybrid cars...

News Analysis | Amongst other problems, the National Assembly has established that the rising air pollution in the country, especially Punjab and the federal capital...

London Mayor got a Bollywood welcome in Mumbai

News Desk | Having received state protocol London Mayor, Sadiq Khan enjoyed a warm welcome from the Bollywood fraternity during his ongoing visit to India. He...

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