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There is no going back

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd September 2015

There is no going back -Editorial Uncharacteristic of Asif Ali Zardari, his broadside against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif fired this past Monday couldn’t be more lethal. Not only has he accused Nawaz Sharif of being ungrateful to the PPP for the help it rendered to the PML (N) to form the government following the otherwise questionable 2013 election, he has...


The constraints and impact of POL prices

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd September 2015

The constraints and impact of POL prices -Editorial The minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, announced an increase of up to 38.5 percent in domestic gas prices and a cut of 3 rupee per litre in petrol/diesel prices. Economists would, no doubt, support the trend though there would be arguments on the actual rate rise/decline announced by the minister...


Don’t punish the investor

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st September 2015

Don’t punish the investor -Editorial Why do the investors shy away from investing in Pakistan? There can be a host of reasons. Multinationals do not want this country to be a source of output for products they market world-wide because of political and regional instability as their global supply chain has to be least affected since they constantly endeavour...


India ‘crossing all limits’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st September 2015

India ‘crossing all limits’ -Editorial Indian provocations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary (WB) continue to claim innocent lives. In the latest round of shelling by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) across the WB on Friday at least eight people were killed and another 47 injured, among them 24 women and 11 children. Ten...


Who is right?

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 31st August 2015

Who is right? -Editorial The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) says despite the global turmoil it sees no threat to Pakistan’s economy as its macroeconomic fundamentals remain strong and SBP is closely monitoring the movement of currencies in international and domestic markets. In case of need it would take a stern action against speculators who are contributing towards...


Code of Conduct for the media

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th August 2015

Code of Conduct for the media -Editorial Following the Supreme Court’s direction, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued a new code of conduct on Friday, amending the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Rules, 2009. The new code raises more concerns and confusion than addressing the existing issues. To begin with, the court had taken a serious notice of the fact...


The endgame scenario

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th August 2015

The endgame scenario -Editorial Having fled military Operation Zarb-e-Azb the militants, both local and foreigner, took refuge in the high altitude Shawal Valley of North Waziristan. Thick forest, treacherous terrain and deep ravines it has everything they needed to remain in business of fighting the forces. But that was not to be – with rest of North Waziristan...


Gas theft

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th August 2015

Gas theft -Editorial Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbassi while briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee made an extremely disturbing observation: since 2011 the locals of district Kohat and Karak (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) have been stealing around 10 billion rupee worth of gas annually. There is no writ of the government in these two...


New ECL policy: a laudable step

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th August 2015

New ECL policy: a laudable step -Editorial Addressing a news conference on a wide-range of issues on Sunday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan devoted considerable attention to the contentious issue of Exit Control List (ECL), saying it is under review to stop misuse, and that, 5,000 names out of 8,000 are to be deleted in a couple of months. This...


Speaker de-seated, but the game is not over

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th August 2015

Speaker de-seated, but the game is not over -Editorial The question whether the de-seating of Ayaz Sadiq as Speaker of National Assembly is vindication of Imran Khan’s year-long dharna and a game-changer in national politics has no easy answer. Ayaz Sadiq has a right to challenge this decision of the provincial election tribunal in the Supreme Court, and he says he will. Nonetheless...


Nepra needs to pick up speed

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th August 2015

Nepra needs to pick up speed -Editorial Investment by Fatimah Group in Transmission and Distribution (T&D) needs to be welcomed. Grant of licence by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) for construction and owning the transmission facility is undoubtedly a landmark event. In hindsight, the government should have first privatised T&D instead of generation – as was done in Latin America...


General Hameed Gul

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st August 2015

General Hameed Gul -Editorial The Lieutenant-General Hameed Gul was a valiant fighter on the battlefront, but more than that he was a political strategist whose worldview was embraced by many in Pakistan and rejected with equal vehemence by no less in number at home and abroad. In his death Pakistan has lost a thinking soldier who to the...


Standing up to common enemy

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th August 2015

Standing up to common enemy -Editorial The PML (N) and the MQM may not be on the same page on many issues, but they do share commonness of being equally tempting targets of terrorism. Only two days after the assassination of PML-N’s most effective counter-terrorism operator, Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada, a senior leader of MQM and member of parliament,...


CSF beyond 2015

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th August 2015

CSF beyond 2015 The United States Congress extended its limitation on reimbursement to Pakistan under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) by amending the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 by striking “fiscal year 2014″ and inserting “fiscal year 2015″. However, a US Congressional research report has “asked the 114th US Congress to consider whether it should...


Terror strike at the heart of security apparatus

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th August 2015

Terror strike at the heart of security apparatus -Editorial The first high profile attack against the PML-N government in Punjab in the ongoing war against terrorism has claimed the life of Home Minister Shuja Khanzada and 18 others, including Deputy Superintendent of Police Hazro, Shaukat Ali Shah, underscoring the horrid reality that no one is safe from this scourge. From the Prime Minister...


Getting even with the security establishment?

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th August 2015

Getting even with the security establishment? -Editorial What happened in village Shadi Khan, Attock, on Sunday is a measure of the gravity of threat of terrorism the country faces today. The question whether or not the government is prepared to put its heart and mind in the fight against terrorism can be anything but a clear yes, considering that it was...


Real recipe for success

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th August 2015

Real recipe for success -Editorial The National Assembly Committee on Finance has passed amendments in the SBP Act of 1956 for creation of a Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) with powers to fix key discount rates and formulate monetary policy of the country independent of government’s interference. The spirit of the amendment is to end any kind of political interference...


Security operations and seminaries

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th August 2015

Security operations and seminaries -Editorial The law enforcement agencies recently raided several seminaries in different cities of southern Punjab, arresting 36 suspects. This is not surprising considering that this part of the province is home to a number of foreign-funded seminaries from where arose the so-called Punjabi Taliban. Meanwhile, an interior ministry report on the implementation of the National...


No more silence on child abuse

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th August 2015

No more silence on child abuse -Editorial How come it took nine years for the truth about the horrifying pursuit of a pedophile gang in a village just an hour’s drive from Lahore to emerge? Some two dozen members of the gang would force-manage a child abuse scene, film it, take it to the victim’s family and on promise not to...


IMF waivers

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th August 2015

IMF waivers -Editorial The economic team led by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was granted two waivers during the mandated eighth quarterly review held in Dubai under the 6.64 billion dollar Extended Fund Facility. The waivers were for missing the (i) agreed deficit target of 4.9 percent by 0.4 percent and (ii) the 1865 billion rupee ceiling target...


Plan for peaceful Balochistan

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th August 2015

Plan for peaceful Balochistan -Editotrial Things finally seem to be moving on the right track in Balochistan. While presiding over the Balochistan Apex Committee meeting on Thursday, attended among others by the provincial Governor, Chief Minister, Army Chief, and Commander Southern Command; Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was given a briefing by civil and military officials on a security plan...


Theatre of the absurd

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th August 2015

Theatre of the absurd -Editorial The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief’s highly objectionable and irrational remarks against state institutions have led to a situation that can be aptly described as the ‘theatre of the absurd’. The major contributor to this scenario is the government’s lack of appropriate response that is mainly characterised by a state of complacency and confusion....


Economy on a treadmill

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th July 2015

Economy on a treadmill -Editorial Pakistan’s central bank has kept its policy rate unchanged at 6.5 percent, thereby maintaining its accommodative monetary policy stance for the next two months. This ‘wait and see’ attitude is based on some sound reasons. Banks on the other hand are making heavy investment in government papers and trades on the secondary market have...


On the eve of second round

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th July 2015

On the eve of second round -Editorial Even when the second round of peace talks between representatives of Taliban and officials of Afghan government is almost certain and may take place by the end of July the situation on the battlefront remains fluid. Clashes between government troops and Taliban fighters remain a regular affair, periodically punctuated by the US drone strikes....


Havoc in Chitral

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th July 2015

Havoc in Chitral -Editorial Those among us who think climate change is others’ concern and not ours should think again. It is very much our concern; the terrible havoc caused by the recent spell of driving rains in Chitral being the proof evidence. Experts say it was a deadly combination of glacial lake outbursts and cloud outbursts, both...


Critical fallout of Iran deal

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th July 2015

Critical fallout of Iran deal -Editorial After 20 months of tough negotiations, some quite gruelling, Iran and the global powers have succeeded in sealing a nuclear deal, a deal that both sides deservedly claim as vindication of their stated positions. Iran always said its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes bereft of any move to develop nuclear weapons, and the...


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