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Need for course correction

Social media exploded with the call for sending Afghan Refu­gees from Sindh back after the al­leged killing of young man Bil­lal Kaka by Afghan hotel owners in Hyderabad, Pakistan. Later on, angry men from both sides post­ed threatening videos. The isolat­ed closure of the business of Af­ghans was countered by harassing of Sindh labourers and…

Glory days of civil services

we used to have some strong and upright civil servants who performed their duties with honesty and without any fear. One such officer was Mr Zafar ul Ah­san who was the first chairman of the Thal Development Authority. It was a difficult project and in ab­sence of prior set procedures, rules had to be relaxed in many cases to have work undergoing…

The world in 2050

Due to an accident in the shift­ing of the Earth’s plates, near­ly all our high-latitude land is in the Northern Hemisphere. Thus Mr Smith, a geographer at UCLA, takes as his premise in the book “The World in 2050” that climate change will cause a population and devel­opment explosion in the near-Arc­tic regions and turn the world’s at­tention…

Unilateral Changes

It was reported on Wednesday that the National Assembly passed a bill that aims to further limit the scope of inquiry of the National Accountability Bu­reau (NAB) by proposing that all corruption cases involving an amount be­low Rs 500 million would not come into its purview. In addition to this, the bill also proposes that the federal government,…

Commonwealth Games

The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Eng­land are underway, and so far, Pakistani athletes ap­pear to be performing well. Pakistani badminton players put up a good showing in their respective match­es on Wednesday. The breakthrough so far has been when two Pakistani athletes won medals—judoka Shah Hussain got Pakistan off the mark on the…

Fuel Price Changes

There are reports that the government is considering chang­ing the rules on fortnightly price changes in fuel to make this a weekly exercise. A summary for this was looked at by the Cabinet on Thursday. This is being touted as one of the IMF’s demands going forward, even though the IMF itself has indicated that the Pakistani government has…

Exposing India’s war crimes

Article 5 of the Universal Dec­laration of Human Rights (UDHR), urges that “No one shall be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrad­ing treatment”. Contrary to that, the people of Indi­an Illegally Occupied Jam­mu and Kashmir (IIOJK) are subject to atrocities at the hands of Indian occu­pying forces, where they are being subject to…

Rent-oriented elite

The present dollar crisis has but indicated how we (the political elite) have been living beyond the state’s means and how much the economy has been mismanaged by the elites of all major polit­ical parties. Pakistan has been in existence for more than seven decades. Other than President Ayub’s era—when rapid industrialisation took place and large…

Historical negationism

August 2019 will always be re­membered as a Black Day, not only for the undemocratic norms of the largest democracy in the world—India—but also for the pitiful and dispir­ited residents of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The Indian Presiden­tial order, relegated the spe­cial status of IIOJK not only to subjugate the Kashmiri…

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