Editorials

Intra-Party Elections

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday issued a show-cause notice to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif over his failure to conduct intra-party elections of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), which he himself heads. Similarly, the commission issued a final notice to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to hold the polls within…

Balochistan Fires

The fire raging in the Sherani region of Balochistan started five days ago. Thankfully, the armed forces, the provincial government and the federal government are all working together to counter it. But the changing climate, increasing water shortages and unpredictable droughts entail a rethink in our approach to forest fires and how to stop them.…

Another Weekend Of Chaos

Given that the Punjab Assembly session was rescheduled at a day’s notice on Saturday, yesterday’s proceedings at the provincial assembly were expectedly chaotic and inconclusive. From the province’s governor to Speaker Pervaiz Elahi’s actions in the last month—calling a session for the assembly and then proroguing it whenever the numbers look to be…

Crucial China Trip

The foreign policy overture tour continues for Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as the foreign office attempts to make amends for the missteps made in recent times, especially when it comes to key international actors. Following his visit to the US, the Foreign Minister is undertaking his maiden trip to China. Though the FM has made visits…

Countering Mob Violence

The incidence of mob violence in Bajaur, where a murder suspect was killed in police custody at the station by a charged mob, is reflective of the lack of trust in the authorities within society. We are no strangers to instances of mob violence, and it is clear that they occur when groups feel that their brand of justice is not being implemented by…

Women’s Inheritance Rights

The inheritance laws of Pakistan protect a woman’s right to property, often more strongly than secular law jurisdictions where inheritance can be bequeathed at will. Cognisant of the problems that can arise in a heavily male-dominated feudal society, women’s right to their inheritance has been protected through several laws, including the Muslim…

Increasing Exports

Given the crisis the country is facing with regards to its foreign reserves and current account deficit, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail has asked foreign multinational companies (MNCs) that operate in Pakistan to present him a plan on increasing exports, promising to provide them “tax breaks” in return. While MNCs do pay their share in taxes and…

IT Infrastructure Upgrades

The Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haque has underlined the importance of upgrading the telecom sector’s infrastructure in order to improve the quality of its services in the country. This is a welcome statement from the Minister considering the severe digital divide that exists in this country and how…

Punjab Government Crisis

In the wake of the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s verdict on a presidential reference, where the Honourable Court held that votes of defecting lawmakers should not be counted, all eyes shifted onto the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to see whether it would apply the Supreme Court decision retrospectively. The decision, released yesterday,…

Crucial Discussions

With the dollar price finally touching the Rs200 mark on Wednesday, market sentiment is perhaps at its lowest since the new government came into power. The Imran Khan government was ousted on the back of promises to take urgent corrective steps for the economy, but the new allied government has been unable to make a concrete decision on this after…

Eradicating Polio

Political rivalries aside, the one thing that all political parties and institutions must unite together to support is the country’s consistent efforts to eradicate polio. On January 27, 2022 Pakistan marked one year without any cases of polio. However, four months later in April, a type-1 wild poliovirus (WPV1) was confirmed in a child from North…

Crisis In Balochistan

Balochistan finds itself in the midst of a political crisis once again as a no-confidence motion has been submitted against Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo in the provincial assembly. It is important to note that this development comes just seven months after the submission of the same motion against the then chief minister Jam Kamal Khan…

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