Muhammad Zahid Raffat

  • TPakistan has turned 71, as the nation quite enthusiastically celebrated yet another Independence Day on August 14, 2018 with the continued blessings of Almighty Allah. This was a great occasion which the Pakistanis celebrated both individually and collectively, not only all over the country but ...

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  • TMonth of August in the calendar year is already important because in this month we celebrate our independence every year on August 14. But at least for the present, this month has gained more importance as within few days from now the country is going to have a new Prime Minister on the basis of ...

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  • TIn less than a week from now, people will be going to the polling stations across the country on July 25, 2018 to exercise their right of franchise, cast their votes in favour of their chosen candidates and parties and pave the way for the formation of new governments at the national and provincial ...

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  • TWater and power are two important sectors which are causing problems to the people across the country for varying reasons. Electricity load shedding has been there since early 1980s when the people suffered power outages for couple of hours particularly in summer months and duration of power ...

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  • TConstruction of multi-purpose Kalabagh Dam is in the larger national interests of the country and the people are suffering from lingering electricity load shedding for years together in an un-ending manner. But Kalabagh Dam cannot be constructed because there is no national consensus over it. It ...

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  • TFederal and provincial governments, irrespective of one or the other ruling parties, have either stepped down or in the process of doing so on the completion of their stipulated five years constitutional tenure. Likewise, the National Assembly as well as Provincial Assemblies of the Punjab, ...

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  • TFederal and provincial budgets, which are currently are being announced or have been presented, mainly comprise two parts i.e. current or non-development budget for day to day running of the government business and development budget for undertaking works for well-being and welfare of the people ...

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  • TTwo seasons are currently running alongside each other in the country presently. One is of budget season which has been advanced in view of the fast approaching holy month of fasting Ramzanul Mubarik. Presentation of federal and provincial budgets for financial year 2018-19 has also been advanced ...

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  • TDr Muhammad Iqbal was a great thinker and poet who is paid rich tributes for his contributions towards creation of Pakistan by presenting concept of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent generally round the year but particularly on his birth anniversary on November 9 and death ...

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  • TThe federal budget for financial year 2018-19 is all set to be presented on April 27, if all goes well in the prevailing circumstances. This will be last budget presentation of the incumbent federal government which completes its constitutional tenure of five years on May 31, 2018. The federal ...

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  • TMinar-i- Pakistan,  is standing aloft  in the Iqbal Parks across the road from the historic  and majestic Badshahi Masjid and the Fort in the city of Lahore  symbolises  the spirit and struggle launched by the Muslims  under inspiring leadership of Quaid-i-Azam ...

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  • TPeople throughout the country observed February 5, 2018 as the Kashmir Solidarity Day with the twin purposes of reiterating continued support to oppressed people of Indian occupied Kashmir and to draw the attention of the international community towards Indian security forces oppressive brutalities ...

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  • TThe All Parties Conference (APC) or it was also called Multi Parties Conference (MPC) convened by religious scholar turned part-time politician Dr Tahirul Qadri, who keeps shuttling between Pakistan and Canada, turned out to be somewhat flop and disappointing show in more than one way contrary to ...

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  • TPakistan is facing acute water shortage over the years. Everyone is crying about shortage of water. For years, large quantity of water is going as sheer waste in the Arabian Sea because the country has not developed any other major storage facility in more than forty years after Tarbela ...

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  • TOngoing financial year 2017-18, which is already little more than four and half months old, is the election year and political parties are fast gearing up their activities holding public meetings in different parts of the country. The incumbent federal government which is passing through its fifth ...

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  • TThe ever-grateful nation is celebrating yet another birth anniversary of great thinker and poet Dr Muhammad Iqbal on November 9, 2017 to homage to him for his great services in the creation of Pakistan. He had awakened the Muslims of the sub-continent and more importantly and significantly he had ...

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  • TThe federal government has already embarked upon fifth and last year of its stipulated five years constitutional tenure after successfully completing four years with an appreciable good record of better economic performance and positive indicators with quite realistic, doable and achievable targets ...

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  • TFederal government’s development performance is as important as is its political performance, as by undertaking developmental activities in different sectors better and improved services and facilities are provided to the people throughout the country. Political performance of the federal ...

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  • TOctober 27 is the darkest day in the history of Kashmir. Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC), in Pakistan and around the world as well all the human rights organizations here, there and everywhere observe October 27 every year as a black day. It was on this day, back in 1947 , ...

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  • TPakistan very badly needs to develop a major storage facility. In all fairness the only solution to this is construction of multi-purpose – but somehow much criticized, condemned and politicized – Kalabagh dam. But the trillion dollar question is, who is going to construct it and get ...

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  • TThe federal government had completed four years couple of months back with an excellent record of better economic performance. Different indicators are showing marked improvement more or less and for sustaining the record economic growth so achieved. It had come up with quite realistic, doable and ...

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  • TEvery year on 6 September a grateful nation pays tributes to its Shuhdas and Ghazis who defended geographical borders of the motherland boldly and courageously defeat the enemy squarely on the ground, in air and on the sea. It was on 6 September in 1965 that India had crossed the international ...

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  • TEvery government, be it the federal or provincial, tries its level best to allocate maximum possible funds for accelerating the process of developmental activities by launching projects, programmes and introducing initiatives for the welfare and well-being of the people as well as providing as much ...

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  • TThe federal government only recently completed four years with a good record of better economic performance and positive indicators and entered the fifth year of its tenure with quite realistic, doable and achievable targets for sustained economic growth. Pakistan’s economy remains under ...

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  • TThis may sound something out of place to many, but this is a very good, timely advice to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take the greatest risk of his political career; take the chief ministers of the federating units into confidence and give the long-awaited go-ahead signal to WAPDA for the ...

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  • TBudget fever has gripped the federal and provincial capitals earlier than normal. The federal budget for the financial year 2017-18, last of the present ruling party, is going to be presented in the National Assembly on May 26, instead in first or second week of June as has been the long old ...

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  • TAs the financial year 2016-17 nears its end, there are positive indicators of sustainable economic growth and progress. These are duly being appreciated and commended by various international financial institutions and donor agencies from time to time though with some occasional reservations and ...

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  • TAccording to the good old parliamentary practices and traditions, which surely and certainly need to be upheld and strengthened, the government of the day and the opposition, are like two wheels of a vehicle. Both these wheels have to move together in a smooth manner otherwise the speed of the ...

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