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  • Dar Finally ‘Leaves’

    Ishaq Dar has been granted leave from his position as minister for finance. Whether PML-N’s top leadership persuaded Dar or it was his own decision to take leave, the problem is still to be solved. Criticism of opposition parties of government’s reluctance to bring another finance minister will not end with the approved leave. Despite court proceedings against him and subsequent ...

  • Hafiz Saeed’s Release

    On Wednesday, a provincial review board rejected Punjab government’s request for extension of the house arrest of Jamaat ud Dawa’s (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed. The board, comprising of three judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC), has directed the government to release him after 30 days of his house arrest end. This move does not come as a surprise because of several reasons. The ...

  • In the name of public interest

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    Like all other colonial powers, the British also introduced extractive and exploitative institutions in the Subcontinent but in a very organised and systematic manner, unlike their European counterparts. Civil bureaucracy ranks top amongst these very structures carved out to amass wealth and, at the same time, to foster loyalty for the Crown in every nook and corner. Lloyd George, the then prime ...

  • Railway on way to revival and profitability

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    The number of the state owned enterprises (SOEs) currently stands well over one hundred including the big money guzzlers like PIA, Pakistan Steel Mills, PSO and Railway. The reality is that very few of them are profitable entities and it is estimated that the government is spending Rs.400-500 billion annually to keep them afloat, which almost comes to 25% of the revenue collected during the year. ...

  • Sit-in at Faizabad

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    The Tehrik Labbaik Ya Rasoolallah sit-in at Faizabad has proven a headache for anyone travelling to Islamabad, or between it and Rawalpindi, and has claimed at least one victim, the child who died because he could not make it to PIMS in time, but it has sent out a number of messages, and scored a number of points. Perhaps the most significant is that it has established followers of the Brelvi ...

  • Back to the future !

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    Was it not just a decade ago when despite the hated ( by democracy lovers) regime of Genereal Pervez Musharraf, there was peace and stability in the country. But that is a bit too recent. Let’s go back to the times of General Mohammad Ayub Khan. Yes he did come to power through a military coup at a time when Pakistan was reeling with a quasi democratic regime and the political infighting ...

  • Past in Perspective

    “Seen in the light of evolution, biology is, perhaps, intellectually the most satisfying and inspiring science. Without that light it becomes a pile of sundry facts — some of them interesting or curious but making no meaningful picture as a whole.”–Theodosius Dobzhansky Charles Darwin is famous for his revolutionary work in the field of biology. He is to biology what Freud ...

  • Plight of Rohingya Muslims

    We have learnt in our school days that Buddhists are very peaceful people and never hurt even an insect, but I am sorry to mention that whatever we heard in our childhood days was not correct with what is going on in Myanmar. Since late August more than a quarter of million Rohingya Muslims have flooded into Bangladesh in just two weeks, over 1000 Rohingya butchered, raped and killed. The ongoing ...