What is Creativity Worth to Pakistan Economy: $100 Billion?

IRSHAD SALIM (Islamabad) — Researchers have found that creative industries provide a significant contribution to youth employment and careers and are open to people of all backgrounds and ages. Small businesses and individuals are key, and give rise to innovative and agile employers and workers. Creative industries also employ more people than the automotive industry […]

Is the US In a Hurry to Pullout From Afghanistan?

** “Both the Defense Department and State Department are acting as if withdrawal is on the table, sooner or later” ** “There’s more at stake than just military victory” ISLAMABAD (Nov 28, 2018): U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is reaching out to many top Taliban figures as he tries to launch peace negotiations […]

India Offers Maldives $1Bn in Soft Loans to Help Repay China Debt

India is currently advancing a vision for a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” along with Japan, the U.S. and Australia (called the Quad), while the U.S. has announced its own infrastructure investments in Asia to balance China’s growing influence in the region. NEW DELHI — India is considering providing up to $1 billion in loans to […]

PTI’s First 100 Days: A- (Some Governance Better Than Misgovernance)

On Qualitative analysis, PTI’s 100 days performance gets a “A-” on overall basis; It could on Quantitative scale be lower; In that case the overall score could be a “B” or “B-“ IRSHAD SALIM — Imran Khan’s 100-day in office as the “Prime Minister” (after having graduated as a one-man demolition squad of the status […]

Saudi Authorities Set New Rules On Recruiting Expat Engineers

Four major senders of expat engineers–Pakistan, India, Egypt and Syria–are expected to be hit mostly by the new ruling RIYADH (Nov 25, 2018): The Saudi authorities are enforcing new regulations which restrict the recruitment of foreign engineers, Akhbaar24 reported. Under the new rules, fresh expat engineers would be barred from working in the kingdom for […]

Panic in India: Our Boys Selfie Was Meant For Girl Next Door (Video)

IRSHAD SALIM (Islamabad): Two of our boys–wholesomely representing the youth bulge that we are faced with–a mammoth opportunity spitfire needing a greenfield runway to land on for greener pasture has suddenly become the “bad guys” some 360 miles east of Wagah border. Their selfie is making waves in the digital ecosystem of our ‘naraz’ (angry) […]

Pak Currency Drops to 135.8 Against US Dollar; IMF Wants ‘Free Float’ Exchange Rate

BE2C2 Report (Islamabad) — Pak currency dropped to Rs135.80 for a US dollar in retail on Saturday due to speculation that authorities are on the brink of further devaluing the rupee. “The recent IMF conditioning to (the government to) devalue rupee to around Rs145-150 against the dollar played on sellers’ mind…people are not coming to […]

Chinese Firm Replacing France’s Total in $5B Iran Gas Project

TEHRAN (Nov 25, 2018): Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said China’s state-owned CNPC has officially replaced France’s Total in Iran’s multibillion-dollar South Pars gas project, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday. “China’s CNPC has officially replaced Total in phase 11 of South Pars but it has not started work practically. Talks need to be […]

‘Razia’ Needs a Startup: Her Net Worth’s Rs60 Billion, But She Doesn’t Know (Video)

IRSHAD SALIM (Islamabad) –‘Razia’ (I’ve named her) is one of the 1.5 million street children we have in our country and the number’s growing if our youth bulge is a benchmark to consider. According to a survey, ‘Razia’ (female) belongs to the 6% of the 1.5m figure– and the rest (94 %) are boys. Gender […]

Bloodiest Year in Occupied Kashmir Since 2009: Seventeen More Killed This Week

528 people have been killed this year in armed conflicts in the disputed Himalayan territory, including 145 civilians; 17 Kashmiris were killed in the occupied valley in the last 3 days. ISLAMABAD (Nov 25, 2018): At least nine people have been killed in violence in India-administered Kashmir, capping off one of this year’s deadliest weeks […]

Rouhani’s Call For ‘Muslim Unity Against US’: News Analysis

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has called for unity of Muslim countries against the United States instead of what he called “rolling the carpet for criminals”. The latter part is interpreted as a dig at Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states in particular which are having a close-knit partnership with the US under President Donald Trump’s […]

Turkish Defense Industry to Dominate Pakistan’s IDEAS 2018 Expo

The “Turkish National Pavilion” will cover over 1,750 square meters, one of the largest at the Karachi Expo KARACHI (Nov 25, 2018) — A total of 25 Turkish firms are set to take part in the 10th International Defense Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) in a strong showing for Turkey’s growing defense industry and its collaboration […]

Why Did the Passenger Bridge Overturn at Islamabad Intl. Airport

ISLAMABAD (Nov 24, 2018) — A parliamentary committee was told this week that design flaw in passenger boarding bridges led to the collapse of one of them at the newly built Islamabad International airport last month. The bridge had been connected to Gulf Airline flight GF771 and was being removed by an operator. The flight […]

A 33-Year-Old Pindi Boy Creates $30 Million Venture Capital Fund

BE2C2 Report (Islamabad, Nov 24, 2018): Rabeel Warraich is Pakistan’s first professional venture capitalist backed by an impressive pack of credentials–earned overseas and recently at home in a very short span of time with lots of hard work. He calls himself a workaholic with passion to chase dreams–something he acquired at Hasan Abdal cadet college […]

Turkey’s Erdogan, Saudi Crown Prince Salman May Meet On G20 Summit Sidelines

ANKARA (Nov 23, 2018) — The meeting of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may take place if requested by the Saudi side, the foreign minister told the CNN Turk broadcaster Friday. “There are no obstacles for our president to meet with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. If […]

Turkish Players Join Pakistan Cricket League Franchise ‘Peshawar Zalmi’

The Turkish Developing Sports Branches Federation has started efforts to promote cricket in the country. ISLAMABAD (Nov 23, 2018): Three young Turkish cricketers, including a woman, have joined as “guest players” a Pakistani league franchise for the fourth edition of the T20 league, which will be played in February. “Three Turkish players will fly with […]

Firebrand Cleric Khadim Rizvi Taken Into Protective Custody; Crackdown Against TLP

ISLAMABAD (Nov 23, 2018): Firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi who heads the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) religio-political party has been taken into “protective custody” by police from Lahore days before his call for protest and sit-in at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi on Sunday, November 25. “Khadim Hussain Rizvi has been taken into protective custody by police […]

PM Khan’s Application to Regularize His Banigala Residence Runs Into Snag

CDA seeks engineer-certified structural design & drawings of the residence, sewage disposal plan details, etc. It also seeks to verify if the residence is zoned away and above the high watermark level of the Rawal Dam. ISLAMABAD (Nov 23, 2018) — The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has stopped the process to regularize Prime Minister Imran […]

Attacks Targeting Pak-China ‘All-Weather’ Friendship Won’t Succeed: PM Khan

Days earlier, the Pakistan Army Chief while reiterating the country was confronting hybrid warfare (5th generation war) called for a comprehensive national response. ISLAMABAD (Nov 23, 2018): The Chinese consulate in Karachi’s posh Clifton neighborhood witnessed a foiled terror attack Friday afternoon, as another attack earlier in the day in Orakzai tribal district’s Hangu district […]