Chinese economy

The Chinese economy is set to overtake the United States in the coming decade by 2030. The world will significantly change when China dethrones America to become the largest economy. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese economy has rebounded and

PTI’s funding case

The foreign funding case concerning the PTI seems to be making headway after back and forth since the last seven years. The ECP has recently released a damning report revealing how the political party provided false information regarding funds, concealed

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

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

Politics and superstition

There are certain times when the murky field of politics dives to its lowest ebb. The recent insinuations being pushed by the opposition and government critics that the prime minister allegedly relies on magic, witchcraft and divination to make key

PDM’s resurrection

The dormant Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) seems to be rising from the ashes to reassert itself once again. The alliance of some opposition parties has once again decided to launch a nationwide campaign for the government’s ouster. This time it

Taliban’s war on drugs

Afghanistan is the world’s largest opiate supplier and looks to remain so even with the Taliban in power. Now as the contested rulers, the Taliban have vowed to end the surge of addiction, even if by force, but questions remain

High petrol prices

The government has increased the price of petrol for the second time this month. A litre of petrol is now being sold at an all-time historic price of Rs127.30. Yet, the government claims that petrol prices are the lowest in

PML-N fissures

The PML-N, arguably the largest opposition party, is attempting to reassert itself before the next general elections. However, this is also exposing the fissures within the party leaders particularly Shehbaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz over who would be the prime

PTI and Karachi’s development

The prime minister recently instructed all ministers and institutions to improve their performance in the next two years before the general elections. The PTI government now seems to focus on expediting development projects in Karachi to live up to its

High inflation

The government cannot hide its inability to control rising inflation in the country by calling it a global phenomenon. Pakistan still has one of the highest inflation rates in the region and still the government has claimed that it has

Aid for Afghans

There were serious concerns that poverty and hunger has spiraled in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control last month as the people are facing the collapse of an entire country. As the billions of aid flows ended abruptly due to

Objection to EVMs

A controversy has erupted between the government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) over the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The technology has been heralded by the prime minister as the only solution to end rigging and other

Nawaz’s visa denial

The news that Nawaz Sharif has been denied a visa extension in the United Kingdom has once again rattled the political landscape. There is intense speculation on the options the former prime minister has after he went abroad on medical

India assumes UNSC presidency

India has assumed the presidency of the powerful United Nations Security Council for the month of August. This will frustrate Pakistan’s plan of raising the Kashmir issue at the global forum and will also bring on a collision course with

End femicide

The recent incidents of killings and sexual assault against women have once again raised concerns about women’s safety in the country. It has also exposed the toxic misogyny in our societies where women are targeted and then victimized if they

Economic hitman

One of the most impactful books I have ever read was “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins. I read it nearly ten years back and followed up recently with its updated version. It got me intrigued how the

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

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

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

No benefit of CPEC

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), presently under construction at a cost of $46 billion, was considered a game-changer for Pakistan. It was intended to develop our infrastructure and deepen economic and political ties between both countries. The reality is that

Lahore blast

After several months of calm, the news of a blast in Johar Town area of Lahore spread chaos in the city and raised fear that terror incidents had returned. At least four people including a six-year-old child lost their lives

Gas shortages in industries

The gas crisis is worsening in Karachi. The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has suspended gas supply to industrial zones amid the shortage in supply. CNG stations will also remain closed for a week across Sindh as supply could be

Abuse in seminaries

There have been numerous cases of sexual abuse and sodomy in seminaries. However, the case of Mufti Aziz-ur-Rehman is rather different as the cleric was filmed committing the indecent act. Yet, the failure to arrest him and the deafening silence

Protect your mind from negativity

Every successful person I have spoken to around the world about the recipe for success, I have never received a concrete and direct answer. It has always been an abstract one. Something of sorts where you would have to draw

Sindh Budget

Amid strong protest by the whistle-blowing members of three major opposition parties, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, who also holds the portfolio for provincial finance minister, presented a Rs1,477.9 billion tax-free budget with a development outlay of Rs329 billion.

Sindh-Centre clash

The Sindh government will present its annual budget today. This comes amid a clash with the Centre over not receiving adequate funds for development projects and complaints of bias. The federal government has dismissed allegations but said funds will be

US rivals China’s BRI

US President Joe Biden is on his first overseas visit to attend the G7 Summit in England. The visit is being hailed as the return of the United States to the world stage as it seeks to counter the growing

Threats to vaccinations

Vaccinations have been hailed as being one of the major achievements in the 20th Century which have eradicated several diseases and our response system. But not everyone agrees. In the past few years, the opposition to vaccines has risen in