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Dirty Politics

Sharif and Co. are trying to use the suo motu action against the disqualified premier’s loyalists to stoke anger and hatred against the honourable judges

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Learning to Protect

Did Zainab’s face ignite a visceral sense of wanting to protect a vulnerable child? Why did the equally devastating torture, rape and murder of eleven children previously not strike a chord?

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Great Expectations

For the new chief of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the job at hand is indeed an unprecedented and Herculean one. Justice (retd.) Javed Iqbal has to oversee investigations mainly against the top guns of the sitting government and not the opposition – an unthinkable and unheard of assignment at least for his predecessors. Justice […]

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Another Mega Failure

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government’s handling, or rather the mishandling of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah’s Islamabad sit-in in November, is yet another manifestation of the fact that when authority and power are concentrated in the hands of an incompetent, insecure and insincere few, even resolvable issues become complicated and can stoke fires of chaos […]

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A Gathering Storm

Is the curtain about to fall on the current political dispensation? The opposition believes that the days of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government are numbered and the final countdown for its ouster has already started. Some opposition leaders, including the flamboyant Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, are claiming that the government could collapse before the dawn […]

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Filling the Vacuum

All through the outgoing year Pakistan remained gripped in high-voltage politics of confrontation, and the resultant instability affected almost each and every sector of the country. In the aftermath of the Panama Scandal, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) government remained solely focused on defending the corruption cases against Sharif and family, ignoring its core responsibilities […]

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Challenges to Social Discourse

In this day and age, when Pakistan faces severe challenges to its security and economy, there is a need for a joint effort by all stakeholders including academia, politicians, military and civil society to take the country forward. External and internal threats, such as one posed by the country’s eastern neighbour and by followers of […]

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Will 2018 be an election year in Pakistan?

Siraj-ul-Haq, Ameer – Jamaat-e-Islami:   “It is definitely the election year. There is no reason why there shouldn’t be elections. The instability of this year has geared the county towards the only solution – elections. Now this depends upon the government whether or not they chose create conditions for peaceful elections and not disrupt the process. […]

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NAB Amps Up the Heat

The past few months have seen a flurry of activity as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) opens up anti-corruption investigative proceedings against several high profile individuals, including the Chaudhry brothers and Sharjeel Memon. There is an increasing awareness about how state functionaries are involved in perpetuating corrupt practices and the impact this is having on […]

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Population Politics

The provisional data of the 6th census, which puts Pakistan’s population at 207.77 million – a jump of 57 percent since the last headcount done in 1998 – has become yet another source of discord and conflict in an already charged and polarised political atmosphere. The loudest and fiercest voices challenging the 2017 census data […]

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A Pyrrhic Victory

Kulsoom Nawaz’s victory in the by-election for the National Assembly seat number 120 should not surprise supporters or opponents of the House of Sharifs. The constituency comprising old parts of Lahore, including Anarkali, Temple Road, Laxmi Chowk, Nisbat Road, Sant Nagar, Krishan Nagar, Beadon and Hall Roads, is a stronghold of the thrice-elected and thrice-ousted […]

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Sharif’s Reckless Choices

Even as disqualified premier Nawaz Sharif and his family members face a new, bitter round of legal battles on corruption charges, he appears to be on a collision course with not just the judiciary, but also the armed forces. There is a method behind Sharif’s seemingly reckless decisions of confronting State institutions. He wants to […]

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Sacrifices, Struggles and Hope

The highpoint of Defence and Martyrs’ Day indeed remains the grand event of September 6, held at the General Headquarters (GHQ), Rawalpindi, in which families of the martyrs participated as guests of honour. The top-tier of the Pakistan Armed Forces, including Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, select civilian leaders and prominent personalities […]

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Defending the Future

The heroics of the Pakistan Armed Forces in the 1965 war against India are now part of folklore in the annals of history. The undeclared attack by an enemy, several times bigger in size, on Pakistan’s international frontiers was not just resisted, but repelled during the 17-day war. Even after the passage of 52 long […]

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Not an Easy Road

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has taken the reins of the country at a time of political turmoil and deepening uncertainty following the disqualification of his party leader Nawaz Sharif. But perhaps more important are the economic challenges that he faces, thanks to the flawed policies of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government in its […]

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A Fearless Voice for Justice

Investigative journalist Rana Ayyub jolted the world by writing about the Indian government’s complicity in the atrocities committed during the Gujarat genocide of 2002. Ayyub launched an eight-month long sting operation on the behest of Tehelka, a famous Indian news magazine known for investigative stories, by posing as Maithili Tyagi, a student of the American […]

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Unifying Pakistan

Senator Sirajul Haq is the Ameer of the Jamaat-e-Islami. He recently appeared in Bol News’ talk show Real Politics and shared his views on Pakistan’s current issues We don’t need a new Pakistan. Neither do we need to look left or right or take dictation from anyone outside the country. We have the country we […]

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Four Years of Economy Under PML-N

Dr. Salman Shah, a former finance minister, examines the state of the country’s economy since the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government came to power in 2013 with the promise of putting the country on road to progress and prosperity. Narratives’ Grading Policy! A– Excellent   B– Average   C– Weak   F– Fail

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Pages from History

 

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Defending Corruption

Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif – the ousted prime minister – has found some unlikely allies among Pakistan’s westernised liberals and former leftists, who are lashing out against the Supreme Court’s historic verdict, which disqualified the thrice-elected premier from holding public office. These self-proclaimed scions of the civil society too have joined hands with the Pakistan […]

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E-commerce: A New Frontier

Every invention – from the wheel to the steam engine – has transformed trading mediums. In the modern age, perhaps, nothing has impacted communication more than the internet which has completely transformed purchasing methods by bringing the marketplaces to the fingertips of the consumers. Though a bit behind the curve, businesses in Pakistan are now […]

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Karachi’s Mega Transport Mess

Arif Hasan is one of Pakistan’s leading architects and urban planners. He is a recipient of the prestigious civil award, Hilal-i-Imtiaz. Following are extracts of Hasan’s detailed conversation with Narratives on the protracted public transport and traffic problems of Karachi A troubled history When Pakistan came into being, Karachi had an estimated population of 450,000. […]

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On ICJ’s Sticky Wicket

When Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested during a counter-intelligence raid, near Chaman in Balochistan on March 3, 2016, and discovered to be an Indian intelligence operative, perhaps no one was surprised. For years, Pakistan has known that India has been fomenting terrorism and violence in Balochistan. As far back as July 2009, the then prime minister […]

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Judging the Budget

Another budget, another set of promises by the government, but very little hope of achieving anything. As has been the case for many years now, a lot of promises are made in every single budget, but not much is done to generate the resources needed to fulfill these promises and achieve the targets set out […]

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Cornered Tigers Again

Who would have thought that a team, which till last year was in danger of missing a Champions Trophy berth and which ranked lowest among the eight contesting teams, would go on to become title holders? This is the Pakistani cricket team, mercurial and unpredictable. Imran Khan’s ‘cornered tigers’. Just when the odds were against […]

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Mishandling Relations

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri is a veteran politician and  diplomat, who served as Pakistan’s foreign minister from 2002-07. Excerpts of his interview with Narratives are as follows: Our Afghan dilemma There is no denying the fact that Pakistan’s Western border has been relatively secure over the past decades, compared to the Eastern side. But the fact […]

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The Writing on the Wall

The Panama Scandal has been bedevilling Pakistan’s politics for more than a year now and remains the main cause of continued political uncertainty, confrontation and instability in the land of the pure. The sooner this scandal gets a closure, the better it will be for the country, which desperately needs a healing touch to end […]

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Misguided Trump Decision

Did Syed Salahuddin – the supreme commander of Kashmiri guerrilla group Hizbul Mujahideen –  ever kill any US soldier or citizen? Did he or his group ever target American interests in any part of the world? Did he ever express intentions of linking his armed struggle with any global militant movement, or declare an agenda […]

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Hard Choices

Pakistan may find it increasingly difficult to maintain its posture of neutrality in this new round of the Middle East crisis. In the ongoing diplomatic spat, Pakistan walks on a tightrope. On one side is Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – both home to millions of Pakistanis, who contribute more than $10 billion […]

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Performance of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police

Inspector General of Police, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Salahuddin Khan Mehsud, evaluates the KPK provincial government’s performance on security and policing. We asked him to evaluate the capability of the KPK police and assess its capacity on several fronts, including combating terrorism. Narratives’ Grading Policy! A– Excellent   B– Average   F– Miserable/Fail

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Tackling Extremism

Not all extremists are violent or end up becoming militants or terrorists, but extremism is certainly the first step which leads towards this gory path and remains the biggest challenge of our times. Those who adhere to extremist ideologies are also more likely to be drawn into the support network for terrorists, in terms of […]

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Victimising Bol

The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) wants to muzzle the Bol Media Group and all its channels. The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) – where the same faces run the show who call shots at the PBA – has the same agenda and is urging the government to ensure that the Bol Group remains barred from […]

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The Ideological Baloch

Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch is the former chief minister of Balochistan. He is the President of the National Party and the first non-tribal CM of Balochistan. He recently appeared in Bol News’ talk show Real Politics to discuss the issues facing the province. Narratives presents excerpts from the discussion. On governance When we talk about […]

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Four Years of PML-N Rule

The Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, evaluates the performance of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s over the past four years and rates their achievements, or lack thereof, in 12 critical areas. His sharp observations are a cause for concern. Narratives’ Grading Policy! A– Excellent   B– Average   F– Miserable/Fail

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Collective Madness

The horrific public lynching of Mardan University student Mashal Khan, on alleged charges of blasphemy, is not the first incident of vigilante justice in this land of the pure and, notwithstanding all the public outcry and outrage, it certainly won’t be the last. Just after a few days of Mashal’s murder, another man – accused […]

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A Private Emissary

In Pakistan’s entire history, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has emerged as the only ruler, who is viewed with suspicion and distrust by many of his countrymen whenever he gets in touch with the Indian leadership – directly or indirectly and at any level. His unannounced meeting with Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal – a close […]

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Of Crime & Business

Everyone is usually inextricably linked to the place where they were born. But Karachi is a unique city that draws in not only native born residents but even those who migrated here from other parts of the country. The city gets woven into the very strands of their DNA and, for better or for the […]

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From Panama to Pakistan

Pakistanis were glued to television screens at 2 pm on April 20 in anticipation of the Supreme Court verdict of the Panama Papers case, which was widely expected to make history. The verdict itself did not hand a victory to either party. The bench, comprising five honourable judges, was split 3/2. But the SC’s announcement […]

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The CPEC Question

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has taken centre stage in Pakistan’s economic landscape and is being described by nearly everyone as a game-changer. The country is becoming increasingly attractive for investors and economic partners, with everyone seeking a windfall from the changing dynamic. With a population of 1.3 billion, China has recently become the second […]

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Bovine politics

Hindu extremism and militancy have always played a crucial role in Indian politics since the days of the British Raj but in recent years, religious bigotry, intolerance and hate have become decisive factors in shaping the direction of the second most populated country in the world. The rise of Hindu extremism has scraped off the […]

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Performance of the Punjab Police

Maj. Gen. (R) Hussain Mehdi is the former Director General of the Rangers in Punjab and has closely observed the situation in Punjab. We asked him to evaluate the capability of the Punjab Police and assess the capacity of the police on several fronts, including combating terrorism and tackling issues like hate speech. His honest […]

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Warring over Water

Water, the very source of life, is increasingly becoming the central point of dispute between Pakistan and India, along with the Kashmir crisis, especially after some incendiary remarks made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As expected, the Permanent Indus Water Commission talks between Pakistan and India on March 20-21 ended in failure, highlighting the […]

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Loyalists Rule the Roost

The appointment of a woman as Foreign Secretary, a first for Pakistan, should have been seen as a feather in the cap of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but unfortunately his choice – like most of his other appointments and promotions – has become highly controversial from the start. The reason; Tehmina Janjua has been handpicked […]

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‘Denying Our Potential’

Dr Farooq Sattar now leads the new-look Muttahida Qaumi Movement (Pakistan) after breaking ties with party founder Altaf Hussain in Aug 2016. He recently appeared on Bol News’ talk-show ‘Real Politics’ and shared his views about MQM’s future and national politics. Excerpts from his interview: Politics is a highly sensitive field. In politics, respect for […]

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Transport dilemmas

Politics Versus Public Interest When the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) introduced the metro bus service in Lahore, Punjab’s capital and the stronghold of the Sharif brothers, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, launched a diatribe against the government. He accused Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s provincial government of corruption, citing statistics of how similar projects in […]

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The Face of Resistance

Yasin Malik, the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and amongst the most recognised faces of the Kashmiri struggle, was born in Srinagar on April 3, 1966 in Srinagar. Part of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), the JKLF has, from its inception, sought an independent Kashmir, a stand not widely accepted […]

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The JuD Quandary

Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) is once again in the eye of the storm and faces an uncertain future following the arrest of its chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and his four associates on January 30. Saeed’s arrest is not a surprise move, given that for the past several months, a number of senior government officials had been hinting […]

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Karachi Wants More

A select group of top business leaders and bankers of Karachi talked openly and candidly to the Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, when he visited the port city in January, 2017 to review the law and order situation. The business community leaders lauded the paramilitary Rangers-led operation, which brought relative peace […]

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Balochistan: Staying the course

Over the last two years more than 1,150 insurgents from various militant nationalist groups in Balochistan have returned to the national mainstream and resumed their normal lives after giving up their armed struggle. Those who surrendered include several mid-level operational commanders, along with ordinary tribesmen who were being used by vested groups sitting abroad to […]

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APHC: Representing the Will of the People

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) is an alliance of several political, social and religious organisations seeking Kashmir’s freedom from Indian occupation. Formed in July 1993, the Hurriyat provides a political platform to the people of Indian occupied Kashmir. The APHC brought together parties of different ideologies but with a common stance against the occupation […]

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Talks Cannot Fail

Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, former prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, appeared in Bol News’ Real Politics and shared his thoughts on key issues confronting Indian-occupied Kashmir. Narratives presents some excerpts from his wide-ranging discussion Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah referred to Kashmir as Pakistan’s aorta. It’s such an all-inclusive, such a comprehensive statement that […]

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Politics and Policing

Dr. Muhammad Shoaib Suddle Former Inspector General of Police in Sindh and Balochistan who spearheaded Police Act 2002 Police reforms Police reforms are needed on an urgent basis. Our long-needed transformation from colonial policing, meant to perpetuate ‘rule of the ruler’, to democratic policing, mandated to uphold ‘rule of law’, can only be realised by […]

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Punjab’s Economic Woes

Multiple factors come into play when assessing the business climate in Punjab. Given the complexity of problems affecting Pakistan’s economy, the effects are having a similarly negative impact on business and investment in the largest province in terms of population. Terrorism alone is not the only contributing factor to Pakistan’s dismal economic picture. Government short-sightedness […]

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Unfair Practices?

In Pakistan’s chequered history, inquiry committees rarely expose complete facts or nail down high-profile culprits accused of any criminal act, corruption, or breach of national security. If, by a stroke of luck, a politically-connected person lands in trouble, it is only a matter of time before the accused manages to wriggle out of the tight […]

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Treacherous conspiracy?

Q: The publication of October 6th’s “fabricated” story against the Pakistan Army in Dawn has triggered a storm, which refuses to die down. As a former Dawn veteran, how do you see the editorial treatment of the story, including the way it has been sourced? A: To be fair, the story itself was not as […]

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Used or abused?

Q: Is Dawn’s controversial October 6 story an insider account of the civil-military leadership’s meeting or a fabricated, false report aimed at discrediting Pakistan’s Armed Forces? A: All top national security meetings discuss these issues and it depends on whether there is consensus or divergence of views. But this particular story has been exaggerated to […]

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The People’s General

General Sharif is hailed as a hero of Pakistan because he stood against the challenge of terrorism and extremism at a time when the civilian government was wasting time in futile “peace talks” with local terrorist groups The erstwhile Chief of the Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, indeed remained the most popular, trusted and loved […]

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Diplomatic ignominy

Pakistan must stop giving repeated calls for the resumption of bilateral talks with India and concentrate instead on internationalising the Kashmir issue. It should also further scale down trade and other ties with India to protest against State terrorism in occupied Kashmir and fanning terrorism in Pakistan The so-called Heart of Asia Conference, held in […]

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No Quick Justice

The Sharif family can easily exonerate themselves by providing details of their offshore wealth and property if they raised the finances legally. But they plan to drag the case on rather than give clean answers to simple questions With hindsight, Imran Khan’s November 2 ‘thanksgiving’ celebrations after the Supreme Court’s announcement that it would hear […]

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Economic downturn

The PML-N is traditionally very harsh on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa businesses. The tax incentives given to the Gadoon Industrial Estate by the Pakistan Peoples Party government in 1988 were immediately withdrawn by Nawaz Sharif when he became prime minister in 1990. Gadoon is now a graveyard of our dead industries There has been no investment and […]

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Smuggling menace

The de-industrialisation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is now a bitter reality. The industrial sector and traders are also worried because of the impact of the CPEC and the influx of Chinese goods. Many are planning to sell out their businesses, disinvest and move to other places According to a recent provincial government report, Reclaiming Prosperity in […]

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Sluggish economy

Being the representative of the whole country, the PML-N government should have shown magnanimity and announced a special economic package for KP’s business community, even if it is at daggers drawn with the provincial government The general trend of KP’s economy has remained sluggish even after the recent improvement in the law and order situation […]

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Sinking KP economy

Marred by decades of continuing terrorism and militancy, rampant crime, lawlessness and the apathy of successive federal governments, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) economy is performing well below its potential. More than 60 per cent of the industrial units of the province have been shut down in recent years due to security concerns. The closure of these […]

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Stars Weigh In

Narratives asked several Pakistani stars and producers how they felt about the ban on Indian content on Pakistani television screens Samina Peerzada Film and television actor/Producer While one feels that a retrogressive step taken by one person should not be emulated by another, yet reciprocity is a must. The recent banning of Indian content in […]

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Performance of the Punjab Provincial Government

Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, the former Punjab chief minister and the provincial President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, examines Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif’s eight-year rule and issues a report card, giving him a thumbs down on every front. Narratives’ Grading Policy! A– Excellent   B– Average   F– Miserable/Fail

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Miserable Performance

Falling exports The main reason for falling exports is the fact that since this government came to power in 2013, it has increased the cost of doing business. Our export industry has become less competitive in the world. The government policy, created in collaboration with the IMF, raised indirect taxes and controlled (Asad used the […]

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Uncertainty grips investors

Pakistan’s investment and business climate continues to remain grim as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government drifts from one crisis to another, in the wake of growing opposition against his rule, tainted with allegations of massive corruption and bad governance. The key factors damaging the overall confidence of foreign and domestic investors include tensions between the […]

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Dying to live

Global community knows that the Bangladeshi government has been using this tribunal to target and eliminate political opponents On September 3, Bangladesh executed the sixth Jamaat-e-Islami leader – Mir Quasem Ali, 63, — who stood by Pakistan during the 1971 separatist war in the former East Pakistan. Ali’s hanging in Kashimpur Jail, Gazipur — a […]

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Shah of Sindh

Resource-rich Sindh suffered badly due to continued weak governance and rampant corruption under PPP rule since 2008. Syed Murad Ali Shah, the newly minted 24th chief minister of Sindh, has definitely tried to energize the lethargic provincial administration and cabinet colleagues he has inherited. Now, many provincial government officers try to reach their offices on […]

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Not on the same page

Will the Army Chief’s expression of dismay over the government’s poor performance on NAP motivate it to step up its role? The terrorist bombing at the Civil Hospital in Quetta, in August, which killed more than 70 people, has once again highlighted the unstable fault line between the military and civil leadership on combating the […]

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Performance of the Sharif Government

Sirajul Haq is the Ameer of the Jamaat-e-Islami whose party has formed a coalition government with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Historically, the Jamaat-e-Islami has usually allied itself with conservative political parties like the Pakistan Muslim League (N). The Jamaat-e-Islami wields considerable street power and is one of the oldest political parties in […]

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Constitutional Anachronism

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Dangerous Game

The Modi doctrine has intensified tension and heightened prospects of war in
South Asia to dangerous new levels

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Performance of the Sharif Government

President of the Awami Muslim League Shaikh Rashid Ahmed is one of the key opposition figures and an ardent critic of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government. He speaks in the language of the masses and is seen as a politician who has his finger right on the pulse of the people. We asked Shaikh Rashid […]

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Pakistan’s great economic challenge

The PML-N government says that the economy is finally out of troubled waters and all set for smooth sailing. But many well-known and respected independent economists have challenged the government’s claims. Some major red flags have been cited — from the fast-rising expensive public debt to the falling exports. Each side has its own figures […]

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The new foes

The self-defeating and dangerous trend of political violence in Karachi must come to an end Splits and dissensions within the ranks of major political parties in Pakistan are an old story. Sometimes these splits are the result of genuine differences or intra-party struggle for leadership; at other times they are orchestrated by the civil and […]

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Budgeting Failures

PMLN govt’s fourth budget again fails to push the reform agenda It was just another one of those long-winding and illusive budget speeches that play on fudged figures and lack vision orsubstance. Presenting his fourth budget since the PMLN government came to power in 2013, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar tried his best to portray himself as a champion who managed to turn around the country’s […]

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A Criminal Silence

“PM Sharif has given a message that those who side with Pakistan and its armed forces will eventually be abandoned” A few days before the execution of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Bangla- desh’s septuagenarian leader Motiur Rahman Nizami, the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan’s head, Sirajul Haq, approached Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and urged she has violated a 1974 agreement […]

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An Endless War

PM Sharif is letting Pakistan down on the diplomatic front With the killing of Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a drone strike in May, chances of engaging the Afghan Taliban in peace talks have further receded. The 2016 fighting season in Afghanistan has already been one of the bloodiest since Taliban’s ouster from Kabul […]

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Feeling the pulse of business in Pakistan

Not so friendly There were high expectations from Nawaz Sharif — especially among traders, business persons and industrialists — when he took oath as prime minister on June 5, 2013 for the third time in his political career. Being a businessman himself, Sharif was seen as a pro-business leader. He seemed to possess all the […]

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Mega Injustice

Closing down any company and throwing its top management in prison without formal investigations, trial or conviction is not possible in any civilised country around the world. But in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan, this can happen with any business concern if it is on the wrong side of the ruling family, their friends and […]

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A False Report

Can an investigative report be deemed credible if based on an unreliable or single source? Should any reputed newspaper publish a story without verifying the credibility of the people quoted in it? Will any so-called exposé carry weight if it is primarily based on anonymous sources — cited as ‘former employees’? And can hurling unsubstantiated […]

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The bill & the people

The PMLN government passed the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crime Bill (PECB) in April this year without consulting the opposition, the IT experts, members of the civil society or any of the other stakeholders. No wonder, then, that instead of enacting a law that may help fight cybercrime, it passed a bill that curbs freedom […]

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