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  • 2015: From PTI versus PML-N to PPP versus PML-N

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    When the year 2015 began, confrontation between the ruling PML-N and Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was at its peak. But the year ended with serious tensions between the federal government and the PPP, which rules Sindh, over the question of powers of the Rangers involved in carrying out operation in Karachi for more than 27 months. The federal government has extended the stay of ...

  • Worst effects of global warming

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    Neither the federal government nor any of the provinces including Punjab took any initiative to face serious challenges of climate change in the year 2015. Though Pakistan is on 137th number and contributing only 0.47 per cent in global greenhouse gasses (GHGs) emissions, it is at huge risk of losing valuable agriculture yield due to fast depleting glaciers that will ultimately lead to reduced ...

  • Highs and lows in foreign policy

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    Weeks before launching a military offensive in support of his besieged ally in Syria, Russia’s powerful President Vladimir Putin made a telling remark “We have more aces up our sleeves that would push our Western colleagues and partners towards a more constructive dialogue.” The timing of Putin’s calculated gamble in Syria’s protracted civil war, now being played ...

  • NAP, Zarb-e-Azb made it the safe year

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    The final stroke of 2015 to achieve national security goals has been played by the Army Chief General Raheel Shareef who has sealed a deal with Kabul to confront anti-peace elements through joint efforts. The Durand-Line the border with Afghanistan, is in fact is the most troubled region that needs to be cleansed of terror nests for good to eliminate the menace completely in a bid to protect ...

  • Govt delaying ploys save it from courts’ wrath

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    The government remained lucky in 2015 in terms of facing wrath of the courts because of the lingering tactics of the federal and provincial law officers while dealing with mega projects and matters of ruling party’ parliamentarians. Both federal and the provincial law officers ‘used best delaying tactics’ instead of coming up with latest reports about any project or case which ...

  • Supreme Court’s performance in 2015

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    The Supreme Court in 2015 besides hearing important cases also seen change of command twice. In August Chief Justice Nasir Mulk retired after him Justice Jawwad S Khawaja became the chief justice on August 17 and retired on 10 September on attaining the age of superannuation. Three new judges – Justice Tariq Masood, Justice Manzoor Akhtar and Justice Faisal Arab – were inducted in ...

  • Art, culture make a huge comeback

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    With the hope of celebrating Pakistan’s magnificent and diverse literary and artistic legacy, numerous cultural events were held in the country. The year 2015 has been a milestone in achieving and conserving our unique culture with the literature festival brand leading the line. The year started off with the Lahore literary festival in February that aimed to bring together authors, ...

  • Leading Punjab on the development front

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    The Punjab government in the outgoing year went ahead with a mix of new and ongoing programmes in education, health, and other social sectors which however remained short of bringing any substantive improvement in the life of a layman. The government had allocated in the budget a hefty Rs400billion for the development programme of which record Rs 300billion for the South Punjab only. It started ...

  • Govt failed to improve health of economy

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    Despite the ostensible improvement in the national economy, the financial team of the government has badly failed on all the major indicators to gauge the health of economy during the year 2015. The only successes of the government are to take the foreign exchange reserves to record $21 billion and to keep the inflation under control but these achievements are also due to the excessive borrowing ...

  • Health issues continue to make headlines

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    Overall, the health department has nothing to boast of in the year 2015 except gradual improvement in routine immunization coverage. Issues like dengue, diphtheria, increasing death toll at hospitals due to lack of equipment and medicines, outsourcing health facilities and protests by young doctors, nurses, Lady Health Workers, Lady Health Visitors, vaccinators and paramedical staff largely ...

  • Pakistan Railways coming back on track

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    Marred by three decades of deterioration, bad governance and corruption, the Pakistan Railways (PR) though steadily but is coming back on track. The PR management made some significant improvements in financial and operational sides in 2015. The Railways enhanced its passenger operations by upgrading express trains. It also increased number of freight trains and actively working on development ...

  • Women empowerment: The struggle continues

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    Today ‘women empowerment’ is the buzz word; however for majority of the men, it is hard to digest. Women empowerment means that women have access to education, financial security, equal treatment, protection under law, get acceptance in the work places and society. The rules of women empowerment are drawn by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women ...