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Growing trade deficit

The current year started with a rising import bill which poses a serious threat putting pressure on the external side. The month of November of the current fiscal year (FY22) saw a steep rise of 162.4 per cent in trade

Covid fund irregularities

The PTI government has prided itself that no major scandal has been unearthed so far regarding any massive financial irregularities or embezzlement. The recent reports of misappropriation in the PM’s Covid relief fund, highlighted in a report by the Auditor

Aiding Afghanistan

Pakistan has agreed to donate 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat for Afghanistan in the absence of any major assistance from the world community. It has also expedited the process to facilitate trade and movement of people across the border. With

Public disapproval

A recent survey report has found out that most Pakistanis believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. The purpose of survey reports is to present the matter in an objective way but this will surely stifle the government

Construction sector uncertainty

The Supreme Court is adamant on demolishing the high-rise Nasla Tower located on one of the busiest thoroughfares in Karachi. Authorities have been scampering to show progress on demolishing the ill-fated building before earning the wrath of the top court.

New Covid variant

Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is once threatened by a new coronavirus variant threatening to reverse all progress. This comes as many countries have already eased travel restrictions and normal life was returning despite the concerns.

Zoo culture

The plight of animals living in miserable conditions in zoos across the country has raised alarm. Many vocal critics have also called for ending the deplorable zoo culture to combat animal cruelty and relocating the animals to sanctuaries. A video

Blackmailing state

In a positive development, the petroleum dealers called off a countrywide strike after successful talks with the government. The Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has assured the petroleum dealers of increasing profit margin on petrol from Rs3.91 to Rs4.90

Afghan support

The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is worsening with the advent of winter. Pakistan has announced Rs5 billion in medical, food and other humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan, while also allowing a one-time exemption for transporting food aid from India to the

IMF deal conditions

Pakistan has reached a staff-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to revive the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) programme. Pakistan is expected to receive the next tranche of $1 billion but the deal has been shrouded in uncertainty and

Women inheritance rights

The Supreme Court recently issued its written order on a woman’s right to inheritance, saying that depriving a woman of their inherent rights is an abominable act. The court noted that it has become a common practice to deprive women

Indian atrocities

Indian atrocities and human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir are well-documented but the recent extrajudicial killing of two men is reprehensible. The situation was worsened when the occupying forces did not even return their bodies to families. The

Overseas voting rights

Pakistan has joined 44 countries that allow citizens abroad to vote in elections back home. This has stirred a debate whether expatriates, who no longer live in the country and even possess dual nationality, should have the right to vote

Smog crisis

The city of Lahore has been declared the most polluted city in the world, surpassing Indian capital New Delhi. The smog crisis has aggravated and citizens have urged the government to take urgent action. It is, however, preposterous that the

Controversy over EVMs

Even after the government bulldozed amendments to the Elections Act, 2017, allowing the use of electronic voting machines and granting voting rights to overseas Pakistanis, the challenge to actually translate this law into reality will be huge for an array

Electoral reforms bill

The government has finally managed to pass the bill on electoral reforms allowing the use of electronic voting machines in elections and granting voting rights to overseas Pakistanis. Immediately after the bill sailed in a joint session of parliament, the

Reopening Kartarpur

The Indian government has finally agreed to re-open the Kartarpur Corridor, allowing Sikh pilgrims to attend the birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak. It is, however, reprehensible how India politicized the issue and even blamed Pakistan for not taking

Bracing for gas crisis

Although the real extent of the gas crisis is not known yet, citizens should brace themselves for an acute shortage in the coming winter season. The prime minister had already given a stark warning that we will face a severe

Disappointing climate deal

The deal at COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow was nearly pushed into jeopardy after a late drama by India. Nearly 200 countries agreed to strike a deal to avert a climate crisis but the pact did not go far

Holding LG elections

The government’s main focus should now be on preparing for and conducting the Local Government (LG) election – the third tier of democracy. The landmark 18th Amendment was passed in 2010, devolving substantial administrative powers to the provinces, but successive

Opposition and reforms

The government’s recent woes which led to stiff resistance against Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and postponing a joint session of parliament has rekindled hopes of reviving the PDM. The opposition parties have once again started closely coordinating to renew their

Objections to EVMs

These past few weeks have been quite rough for the government. The PTI-led federal government is also facing difficulties from allies after the opposition over the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in elections, forcing the government to postpone a

Sugar prices

In a positive development, the ex-mill sugar price fell by nearly 29 percent and officials in the finance ministry expressed the hope that the sweetener will see a considerable decline in the open market in a few days. The ex-mill

Daska fiasco

The Election Commission’s inquiry report on the Feb 19 Daska by-poll is a telling tale of connivance and misuse of power. The elections in February this year were marred with allegations of ballot tampering, abduction of officers on duty and

Accord with TLP

After many days of a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad punctuated with violence, Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan has reached an agreement with the PTI-led federal government that remains hidden from view. The government has lifted the ban on the TLP and

New admission policy

The Directorate of Colleges Education Sindh has issued new admission policy for intermediate with new and complex conditions that have created difficulties for nearly 1.5 million students. Under the new and complex policy, in addition to the student’s own domicile,

Govt-TTP talks

“Direct, face-to-face” talks between Pakistan and banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan being held in Afghanistan for nearly two weeks had resulted in a tentative understanding to declare a countrywide truce, conditional to the release of some TTP foot soldiers as part of

Spiralling inflation

Pakistan is facing the brunt of high prices of oil and everyday commodities and rising food inflation. The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics said inflation continues to rise, standing at 9.2% in October, a four-month high. Meanwhile, the PTI-led government jacked

Rising Hindutva threats

The fascist BJP regime has been at the forefront of pushing through its Hindutva and anti-Muslim agenda in all spheres of India. The recent win of Pakistan against India in a cricket match provided an opportunity to the extremist Hindutva

‘Real’ relief package

The prime minister has announced another relief package for inflation hit masses. Dubbed as the ‘biggest welfare package in Pakistan’s history’, it aims to provide subsidized items to twenty million vulnerable families. Under the Rs120 billion subsidy programme, eligible families