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Indian spying scandal

Pakistan has demanded a probe by United Nations against the widespread use of Israeli-developed Pegasus software to spy on politicians, journalists, and human rights activists around the world. India used the software for cyber-surveillance in gross violations of fundamental human

New restrictions in Sindh

The Sindh government has announced new restrictions in the province in view of the increase in coronavirus cases. These restrictions will be implemented from Monday. According to the decision of the Sindh government, shopping malls, markets will be open from

Pak-Afghan ties

Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been topsy-turvy for long. Lately, once again we have been witnessing ties hitting a lower ebb. NSA Moeed Yusuf said Afghanistan was being embarrassed by idiotic statements from its senior officials who were deliberately

Crimes against women

This week has seen several unfortunate incidents of crimes against women. Such incidents are far too common in society and often perpetuated by violent and aggressive men while the current laws are too soft and they often get scot-free. Last

Indian Influence on FATF

Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has admitted that it had ensured Pakistan remained on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list while Pakistan has started considering approaching the President of the FATF after India admits to global politics on

The fourth wave

Being the most densely populated city, Karachi’s COVID cases are growing on the heels of the reopening of indoor dining and gatherings. The city’s positivity rate had increased to 23.12 percent in the last 24 hours when it was 8.5-9pc

Re-emergence of terrorism

With the worsening situation across the border with each passing day, Pakistan seems to face the brunt of the fallout and instability. There have been several incidents of seemingly unrelated terror incidents which could be linked to the developing situation

Dasu Bus incident

Pakistan and China agreed to complete the investigation into the Dasu bus accident as soon as possible. At least a dozen people – nine Chinese nationals and four Pakistanis – were killed after some sort of explosion in K-P’s Kohistan

Rising food prices

The government has increased the price of petrol by Rs5.40 per litre, reaching the highest level in the history of the country. The claims of providing relief to the masses will be pushed aside as the prices of essential commodities

Pakistan host Afghan talks

Pakistan is set to host prominent Afghan political leaders at a conference aimed to speed up the peace process. Pakistan will host a moot in an effort to restore peace in the war-ravaged nation as the Taliban advance and the

SOPs at cattle markets

The festive occasion of Eid-ul-Azha is coming soon as many people flock to cattle markets to purchase their sacrificial animals. However, we need to take extra precautions amid the fourth wave of the coronavirus as cases keep rising across the

Criminalising torture

The human rights situation remains alarming in the country. The opposition has decried that its bills on human rights issues enter a ‘spiraling black hole’ and never make it to parliamentary procedures. The Senate has passed a bill against torture

Afghan debacle

The situation in Afghanistan is getting out of hand as the Taliban widens control. The hardline insurgents have already seized more than 100 districts and claim to control over 85 percent of Afghan territory. The Afghan armed forces are gradually

Monsoon preparations

The first spell of the monsoon season is set to lash across the country. Yet we are once again completely unprepared to deal with the risk of urban flooding and damages to infrastructure. Authorities remain oblivious to their responsibilities as

Rising COVID cases

The number of COVID-19 infections started going up again gradually and doubled in just one week. The positivity rate, which stood at less than 2 percent in June, reached almost 4 percent after a gap of 20 days on Saturday,

Elusive Afghan deal

The United States has strongly defended its decision to abruptly withdraw all military forces out of Afghanistan without reaching a political settlement as fighting rages across the country. This comes as the Taliban claim to have over 85 percent of

Domestic violence bill

Pakistan has failed to enact a bill on domestic violence for over five years. The Domestic Violence Bill 2020 was passed by the National Assembly in April this year but it has been sent to Council of Islamic Ideology (CCI)

Return to normal

Pakistan has ranked third in the ‘Global Normalcy Index’ out of 50 countries released by the renowned ‘The Economist’ magazine. Prime Minister Imran Khan is elated that the government’s efforts despite fervent criticism at home have been globally acknowledged. The

Baloch insurgency

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement that he is considering holding talks with Baloch insurgents to bring peace in the province should be welcomed. If the government is serious about redressing the grievances of Balochistan, then it imperative that this matter

Indian terror financing

India’s nefarious designs have once again have exposed after its links have been proven in the Johar Town explosion in Lahore last week. The Indian media rejoiced at Pakistan being retained in the FATF’s grey list but it is now

Hot planet

The world is witnessing record temperatures this year indicating that climate change in taking a toll on the planet. Nearly 500 people have been reported dead by record-breaking temperatures and an unprecedented heatwave in Canada and other parts of North

Pak-US ties

The foreign forces have almost withdrawn from Afghanistan, and now major international stakeholders are looking towards Pakistan to play a leading role in bringing stability to its neighbourhood. With the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, Pakistan’s need has been

Sports revival

Sports was the biggest victim of the coronavirus pandemic and events were sidelined for much of the past two years. It still remains a huge logistical and economic challenge in holding large sporting events despite the progress we have made

China’s new world

The Communist Party of Communist (CPC) has turned 100. It has an impressive 95 million members making it the largest party in the world. China has emerged as the world’s most influential and powerful country, bringing a ‘new world’ and

Role in war on terror

As the US prepares for a withdrawal from Afghanistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan has opened up how Pakistan was not acknowledged for its sacrifices and was rather disrespected across the world. He also came down hard on past regimes for

Parliamentary theatrics

The last few days have witnessed nothing but gross disorderly conduct in the Sindh Assembly, mostly by the opposition – particularly the PTI. These theatrics will not serve any purpose in resolving the most pressing problems facing the nation. The

Fourth wave

It has become a norm that once we start witnessing a decline in coronavirus cases, we tend to become rather indifferent to the pandemic. As the cases started falling, we reverted to our normal routine but are now facing another

Zardari in Punjab

The PPP is making desperate attempts to revive its fortunes in Punjab. The party has been vanquished in the province and electoral politics is now polarized between the PTI and PML-N. The PPP, on the other hand, is trying to

Retaining on FATF’s list

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided to retain Pakistan on the “increased monitoring list”, also known as the grey list, till it completes the action plan. This 27-point comprehensive action plan included taking action against money laundering and

IMF’s flexibility

Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin has announced that Pakistan is not leaving the IMF programme nor is it being suspended. There was immense speculation after Pakistan introduced the Budget 2021-22 without imposing any new taxes in defiance of the terms set