Editorials

Editorials

Cracks In The Coalition

It is easier to unite under a coalition when a common enemy and a common goal of power can be seen over the horizon. However, when that common enemy or goal fades away, and material financial and influential decisions are required to be made, these unwilling alliances can be all too brittle. Such is the case with the government coalition. A…

Controlling Information

Claiming that ‘false narratives’ are being propagated to the world, the Indian government blocked various Pakistani twitter accounts of embassies in several locations. This decision follows a pattern—Radio Pakistan’s account was also blocked, along with several YouTube channels. There is no stronger indication of a country living under tyrannical…

IMF Deal Agreement

On Tuesday, it was reported that Pakistan has received a Memorandum of Economic and Finance Policy (MEFP) from the IMF for the seventh and eighth reviews of its International Monetary Fund bailout programme. The MEFP is a key step to indicate that the two parties have reached an agreement and also contains certain prior actions that would be…

Better Transportation

It seems as though finally Karachi is experiencing some infrastructural development with the launch of the People’s Bus Service. This could usher in a new era for public transportation in the city which suffers from immense traffic congestion already. With the increase in fuel prices as well, this would provide a cheaper option to travel from one…

Hopeful Mediation

The meeting between Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is a welcome attempt at looking to reconcile the major rivals—Saudi Arabia and Iran—in the region. Prime Minister al-Kadhemi carried out this visit to Tehran on the back of a meeting with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman in Jeddah, which…

Sindh LG Polls

The first phase of local body elections in Sindh came to end on Sunday with candidates of the PPP trailing ahead of their opponents based on unofficial election results. Despite the fact that the PPP emerged as a clear winner with the highest number of winning candidates, the results are being called into question by the opposition as the elections…

Increasing Infection Rates

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) may have been closed down, and pandemic restrictions and SOPs may have been severely toned down, but this does not mean we have seen the end of the virus. As we have learnt from the many waves of the pandemic, the virus comes like a rollercoaster, mutating into various strands. Despite a few months…

Drug Addiction

A recent report by the Lahore Police revealed that 102 people have died as a result of chronic drug addiction in Lahore since January of 2022. The problem of addiction is born out of various socio-economic hardships and health problems suffered by people who are mostly homeless, although there is no denying that such instances are plenty in the…

New Delhi’s Façade

Responding to reports that New Delhi is contemplating hosting a G-20 summit in IIOJK, Pakistan has strongly reacted to this attempt of extending the BJP’s façade of bringing in normalcy to the disputed territory. Islamabad is also right to expect that the G-20 members would not facilitate any such machinations as it would have extremely problematic…

Depleting Reserves

The water shortage situation in Islamabad and Rawalpindi has become rather dire in the last few weeks. The Khanpur Dam dropped to 24 feet above dead level due to the extreme heat and dry weather. Many sectors in the cities were completely deprived of water, forcing the public to buy water tanks. With the monsoon season, there will be plenty of…

War Crimes

The United Nations report on the murder of Palestinian journalist is finally out, and unsurprisingly, the investigation points to Israel deliberately killing Shireen Abu Aqla. As was evident for all those except stakeholders willingly looking to obfuscate facts, Israeli forces were the only ones who fired live rounds in the altercation. The…

New LG Law

The Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2021 expired on June 8. This led to a dilemma on the question of what pattern the already precarious local body government system would follow. In response to the expiry of the Ordinance, the Punjab government has restored the Punjab Local Government Act 2019. Now the Punjab Finance Minister Sardar Awais Ahmed…