Mohsin Raza Malik

  • Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan has formally presented an initial, interim inquiry report in the National Assembly on the May 22 PIA’s plane crash. This ill-fated flight PK-8303 crashed in Karachi last month, killing 97 people, including 8 crew members. The inquiry report ...

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  • The Supreme Court of Pakistan has quashed the Presidential Reference filed against Justice Qazi Faiz Isa, a SC Judge, over his alleged failure to disclose three expensive properties in London acquired by his family members some years ago. On Friday, a 10-member SC bench announced a majority verdict ...

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  • While the number of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has increased exponentially, the government is being severely criticised by the opposition parties for its failure to contain the spread of the virus in the country. As of June 14, there are as many as 132,405 confirmed coronavirus cases, and the death ...

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  • The entire United States has experienced a wave of violent riots and public protests following an incident in the state of Minnesota on May 25 where a 46-year-old African-American, George Floyd, was allegedly killed by a white police officer. There have also been reported a number of incidents of ...

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  • Flies and butterflies belong to the same class of insects in the animal kingdom. Nonetheless, there is a great morphological and physiological difference between the two. Butterflies are found in floral gardens while flies are destined to live on the piles of garbage and trash. Butterflies ...

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  • Aimed at introducing some extensive institutional and governance reforms in Pakistan, ‘Transform Governance’ was the key point in PTI’s manifesto for the 2018 General Elections. Political slogans like “Naya Pakistan” and “Tabdeeli” essentially reinforced ...

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  • Muneefa Nazir, a 6-year-old Kashmiri girl, was on her way to home with her uncle on a motorbike on August 12 last year when they were stopped by the Indian paramilitary troopers in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Occupied Kashmir. In no time, the troopers resorted to using slurs and abusive ...

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  • The 18th Amendment and the NFC Award have been a hot topic of debate in the country since the Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar called for revisiting this significant constitutional amendment after pointing out some flaws during a TV talk show last week. Responding quickly to ...

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  • Though the spread of coronavirus around the world is essentially a microbiological phenomenon, a communal characteristic of this deadly contagion can be observed in Modi’s India. A typical blame game has held the country’s Muslim community responsible for spreading COVID-19 in India. ...

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  • Amid frustrating COVID-19 blues, there has been a lot of good news too in Pakistan during the last week. Firstly, Pakistan received major debt relief from G20 in addition to securing an emergency loan of $1.4 billion from IMF under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) to mitigate the adverse ...

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  • The extended period of nationwide lockdown imposed in Pakistan in the wake of coronavirus outbreak is going to end on 14th April. Prime Minister Imran Khan has hinted at easing such lockdown in the country on this very day. The government has already announced opening the country’s ...

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  • In the wake of the recent global spread of coronavirus, there appears to be a worldwide breach of the social contract – a primitive contract between the state and individuals whereby the former must protect the latter’s lives in all circumstances. The world’s democracies, ...

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  • Today, evolving an inclusive and viable national response strategy to effectively contain the spread of COVID-19 is indeed a formidable challenge faced by Pakistan, like most other countries in the world. As of March 29, there have been as many as 1495 confirmed coronavirus cases while the death ...

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  • There appears an illustrative reminder in the top left corner of the front page of The Nation every day, updating the number of days that have passed since the Indian authorities imposed a strict lockdown in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) on August 5, last year. As I am writing these lines, this ...

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  • Marking the 3rd annual Aurat March in Pakistan, there were held a number of rallies in the major cities like Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Sukkur and Quetta on Sunday. Such rallies were obviously meant to observe International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020. Despite criticism, opposition, and threats ...

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  • The plight of brick kiln workers in the country, for the first time, came into prominence when the then Chief Justice of Pakistan took notice of the subhuman practice of bonded labour upon the request of a brick kiln worker named Darshan Masih in 1988. In this case, the apex court outlawed the very ...

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  • It is really deplorable that the “world’s largest democracy” has chosen to usurp the fundamental political and human rights of hapless Kashmiris in such a cunning way which is not only absolutely against the spirit of democracy but also devoid of constitutionalism and fair-play. ...

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  • Aiming to realize its long-cherished dream of making the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir an “integral part” of India, the BJP-led Indian government resorted to employ an unprecedented but hawkish tool of statecraft in August last year. Through a clever ‘constitutional’ ...

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  • Transparency International (TI), in its recent global report on the 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), has revealed that the perceived corruption in Pakistan just worsened during the last year. According to the global anti-corruption watchdog, Pakistan slipped three spots in the worldwide ...

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  • The Supreme Court of Pakistan has, once again, expressed its serious concerns over various provisions of the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO), 1999. Hearing a suo motu case last week, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by CJP Justice Gulzar Ahmed, granted 90 days to the ...

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  • The military tensions between the arch foes Iran and the US have visibly escalated since the last week’s assassination of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike in Iraq. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed a “severe revenge” against the ...

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  • Black and white coats represent two noble, educated, and esteemed professional communities in Pakistan. The former is considered to be the protagonist of the rule of law and citizens’ fundamental rights while the latter is looked upon as a saviour of lives and messiah. Indeed, the wearers of ...

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  • The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Al Thani was accorded a red carpet welcome upon his arrival in Pakistan last week. This high-level visit paved the way for a $3 billion Qatari investment in Pakistan. Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has thanked the Emir of Qatar ...

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  • The PTI government has presented its first “pro-people” and “growth-oriented” federal budget in the National Assembly in the form of Finance Bill 2019-20. The proposed budget is being claimed to have prepared to achieve a macroeconomic stability in Pakistan. The government ...

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  • The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has set an ambitious Rs5 trillion plus revenue collection target for the next fiscal year. The FBR will surely have to take some pro-active and extraordinary tax measures to achieve this target as it has already missed the Rs4.3 trillion revenue target for the ...

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  • There was created a ruckus by the government and the opposition members in the National Assembly’s session on Friday over the arrest and detention of MNAs Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir. Though elected independently, both parliamentarians are considered to be the representatives of the Pashtun ...

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  • Pakistan and the IMF finally reached a staff-level agreement on the much-awaited bailout program last week. So, Pakistan would now get a 39-month Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for about $6 billion. It is, however, a provisional agreement which is yet to be formally approved by the Executive Board of ...

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  • There is no denying that Pakistan’s economy is not performing well these days. It is swiftly drifting towards stagflation- an economic condition characterized by high inflation rate coupled with stagnant economic growth. The so-called twin deficits continue to plague the economy. The ...

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  • Though the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir atops the South Asian region geographically, this troubled valley appears to have become somewhat a proverbial tail of the region which is currently wagging the dog. For over seven decades, India and Pakistan have been at loggerheads over Kashmir, a ...

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  • Essentially considering it a “jurisdiction with strategic AML/CFT deficiencies”, the Paris-based money laundering and terror financing watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), formally placed Pakistan on its ‘grey list’ in June last year. Ever since, Pakistan has ...

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