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Can backdoor diplomacy improve ties between India and Pakistan?

For the past several months, there have been reports that Pakistan and India are holding covert backdoor talks to calm tensions between the two countries particularly over Kashmir. These talks have not been denied nor acknowledged. Pakistan always remained of

Will Rs 446 billion development package resolve Sindh’s problems?

Despite being the second-largest province of Pakistan Sindh province is confronted by an abundance of chronic issues including acute poverty, speedy population growth, and poor governance that have wrecked the progressive and peaceful and Sindhi society. It is a painful

Can Pakistan afford to sever ties with France?

Tensions between France and the Muslim world have been continuing to remain poisoned after the controversy over caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which led to anti-France protesters rallying at the street of Muslim countries against the French president, while ties

TLP protests: Violence not a solution

Protests erupted across major cities in Pakistan after Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Saad Hussain Rizvi was arrested in Lahore as a “pre-emptive measure” ahead of the party’s April 20 deadline to the government. Clashes between police and protesters were reported

Ramadan: The month of blessings and giving

Ramadan is a greatly respected and blessed month for all Muslims across the world . Fasting during the holy month is one of the five pillars of Islam which Muslims regard very highly. Ramadan is the ninth month of the

CCI’s decision: Will the govt succeed in holding a free and fair census?  

On Monday, after a gap of over three three-and-a-half years, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) approved the controversial national population and housing census-2017 with a majority vote and decided to begin the process for a new census by the

TLP’s protest: Is expulsion of the French envoy a solution?

The federal government had decided to table a resolution in National Assembly regarding the demands of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), including, take up the issue of publication of the blasphemous sketches in the international forum and the expulsion of the French

All you need to know about Zakat deduction from bank accounts  

With the Holy month of Ramadan right around the corner, you are eager to know a lot of questions revolving around how and when to pay Zakat, as the majority of Muslims wish to pay the mandatory charity during the

Will financial fraud cases against Tareen get a logical conclusion?

A banking court on Saturday extended the pre-arrest bail of PTI stalwart Jahangir Tareen and his son Ali Tareen in money laundering and financial fraud cases, including the sugar scam, till April 22. Later Tareen, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior

Controversial statement about women: Will PM Imran takes a U-turn after criticism?

The incidence of rape in Pakistan is on the rise, while a new debate has erupted in the country following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s controversial statement on this issue. Prime Minister Imran Khan has been facing the wrath of netizens

Bill preventing hatred against army: Unreasonable or sensible?

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior has approved a bill to make amendments to the Pakistan Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 to take action against those who intentionally ridicule armed forces.   The move had faced

World Health Day: A call for the fair distribution of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines

World Health Day is being observed all over the world, including Pakistan, which is celebrated every year on the occasion of the founding day of the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO held the First World Health Assemble in 1948 and

Russian FM’s visit to Pakistan: Are old players on a new trajectory?

The countries are now shifting from a brief homopolar era, which initially began after the collapse of the Soviet Union, to a multipolar situation, permitting nations to cautiously select new partners or allies and set new strategies. In this view,

Killing of ATC judge: Is the law again under attack?

In a tragic incident, unidentified gunmen shot dead an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Judge Aftab Afridi, his wife, Bibi Zainab, grandson and daughter-in-law at the Ambar Interchange in Swabi district on the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway on Sunday evening. Judge Aftab Khan Afridi

April 4: The judicial murder of charismatic leader Bhutto

The date of April 4 reminds us of the judicial assassination of a distinguished leader, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1979 – a day that was truly the demise of a voice for humanity. Bhutto was a great charismatic public leader

All you need to know about COVID-19 vaccination

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced that senior citizens aged above 65 years will be able to avail walk-in vaccination facility from today (April 3). Taking to Twitter, the NCOC said people can visit any vaccination centre from

World Autism Awareness Day: A call for shunning discrimination against humanity

International Autism Awareness Day is observed every year on 2nd April with the aim to spread awareness about Autism and make people understand the challenges faced by those with developmental disorders. April 2, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously affirmed

Should Pakistan resume trade ties with India?

India-Pakistan relations have been often dominated by security issues with comparatively less attention given to the untapped trade opportunities between the two countries. According to a 2018 World Bank report, India-Pakistan trade has the potential to increase from USD $2

Transgender Day of Visibility: A reminder for bringing change in societal attitudes

Today, the International Day of Solidarity with Transgender is being observed all over the world, including Pakistan. Since 2009, every year on March 31, International Transgender Day of Visibility is celebrated to raise awareness about the discrimination against transgender people

Reshuffling in the federal cabinet: Is it the only solution for the crises?

The crisis of management in the country has once again been exposed — this time on account of the inflation, political uncertainty and COVID-19 epidemic. More requires to be done to reassure the nation in the testing times than just

Shab-e-Barat: The sacred occasion of forgiveness and fortune

Shab-e-Barat is an Islamic event that would be observed on the night between the 14th and 15th night of the month of Sha’aban, the eighth month of the Islamic Calendar by Muslims across the world. Shab-e-Barat, considered to be the

SBP Amendment Act: Why is the institutional reform controversial?

There is quite a stir in the policy circles and media after the Ministry of Finance recently released a proposed draft of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Amendment Act 2021 to make the central bank an independent institution under

Earth Hour 2021: The time for global action

The movement for Earth Hour began in 2007 from Sydney with the main aim to save the planet earth. Lights are turned off for an hour to synchronize with this occasion under the flag of the World Wide Fund for

The tragedy of East Pakistan: Any lessons learned?

Bangladesh marked the 50th anniversary of its independence on Friday three days after Pakistan observed March 23 as Pakistan Day to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Lahore Resolution. The proximity of these two historic dates — March

Reviving IMF programme: Is Pakistan about to get out of FATF’s Grey list?

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to release the next tranche of $500 million for Pakistan after app­roving four pending reviews of the country’s economic progress, after which economic indicators of the country appear to

How is COVID-19 affecting education?

Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood has announced the closure of educational institutes in areas with a high incidence of COVID-19 till April 11. Since the number of cases in Sindh, Balochistan, and Gilgit-Baltistan is relatively low,

Pakistan Day: A revolutionary step towards the self-perceived homeland

Nation on Tuesday celebrated Pakistan Day to mark the endorsement of the Lahore Resolution, also known as Pakistan Resolution, which was passed on 23 March 1940. On this occasion, the idea of the creation of Pakistan as a separate motherland

World Down Syndrome Day – Awareness a key to respect

World Down Syndrome Day is observed on March 21 every year, with an aim to spread awareness about the Down syndrome that has always been a part of the human condition. The day was first officially observed by the United

Nowruz: A symbol of unity among peace lovers

Nowruz marks the first day of spring and is commemorated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually takes place on 20 March. It is celebrated as the beginning of the New Year by more than 300 million

How to Register for Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme?

In Pakistan to build a house is an act that people belonging to middle and lower-middle-income families desire to fulfill in their whole lives. However, for most people, it is a hope not just towards comfortable accommodation, but towards permanency,