Nawaz Sharif: The Drop Scene

SAAD RASOOL: The events of Friday night, resulting in the arrest of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, mark the final drop-scene in the politico-judicial drama that has captured our national attention over the past two years, ever since ICIJ’s release of the Panama Papers. This saga – spanning the disqualification and subsequent conviction […]

Khalai Makhlook Is a Reality Engaged in Machinations From Beyond the Borders: Aslam Beg

MIRZA ASLAM BEG: AFTER a long hearing, extending over several sessions, the trial court gave the verdict against Nawaz Sharif, rejecting their appeal for seven days delay, enabling them to be present on the occasion. It is a harsh judgment which sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison and a fine of 8 million […]

Pakistan’s Financial Crisis Puts Belt And Road On The Spot

JAMES M. DORSEY: Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related projects would not pass international muster. Concerns that China’s US$ 50 billion plus investment in Pakistani […]

Pakistan’s ‘Bible Belt’ And The Jeep Drawing Attention, Traction

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 7, 2018): Out of the 105 million Pakistanis who are expected to vote on July 25 in the country’s third successive polls, nearly 47 million are registered female voters while 44 million among all registered voters are between the ages of 18 and 35. This means over 43% of the voters are […]

Tax Amnesty Evoking Poor Response Due to Creep, Fatigue Cycle

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 5, 2018): Nearly $6 billion worth of foreign assets have so far been declared under the offshore tax amnesty scheme, with Pakistanis repatriating a sum of about $30 million only. The caretaker government has given one-month extension in the one-time tax writeoff scheme till July 31, with both sides racing against time. […]

Shahbaz Sharif Announces Plans For Metro Boat In Lahore

ZEESHAN IFTAKHAR: After the ‘widely successful’ Metro Bus and Orange Line train projects, Lahore is now going to host a metro boat service. Just hours after torrential rains submerged Lahore’s busiest roads and turned the city into a South Asian ‘Venice’, Shahbaz Sharif has confirmed that he is planning to install a metro boat service […]

US, India Convergence On Chabahar-Afghanistan ‘Corridor’ Amid Divergence On Iran Oil

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 2, 2018): US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on June 27 told India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Washington would back his country’s plan to develop the Iranian seaport of Chabahar to open up a trade route to Afghanistan and Central Asia. Former US Secretary Rex Tillerson had indirectly said […]

National Crisis: Why Only 3Pct Among Thousands Appearing In Public Services Exams Pass

Deficiency in critical thinking, analytical approach and written skills, while a culture of notes and cramming pervade the system. JUL 2, 2018 (BE2C2): The recent announcement of results by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) once again exposed the inadequacies in quality of education in Pakistan. According to the result, just a little over three […]

Trump’s Immigration Gambit: Is It Trick Or Treat?

SALAHUDDIN HAIDER (Washington): Difficult to analyze. Opinion varies from people to people. Some believe Donald Trump has been doing it deliberately to dilate or swing to favoritism wave of mounting criticism against his policies on children immigration, and the boost he got from the Supreme Court upholding his travel ban on select Muslim countries’ citizen. […]

Keeping Out Dual Nationals From Project Democracy: Re-Think Is Needed

Dual nationals should not be demonized IT is an emotional topic and has some roots in a narrow constitutional exclusion that the superior judiciary has interpreted as an absolute bar, but it is an issue that deserves closer examination. The law as interpreted by the Supreme Court bars the elected representatives of the people, in […]

Karzai Blames It All On U.S., Pakistan For Afghanistan Chaos

“Putting all the blame on Pakistan is not right” – Markus Potzel, Germany’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan “Daesh (an Arabic name for the ‘Islamic State’) has emerged. We have questions as to why” – Hamid Karzai Karzai believes Germany could play a role talking to the U.S. to play constructive role in Afghanistan […]

Nawaz Trial: Justice Be Done, But Should Also Be Seen Being Done

“Truth is about perception and what we believe shapes what we perceive” ― Alan B Jones JUN 13, 2018 — The Supreme Court has extended the deadline given to the accountability court of Islamabad for the completion of trial in corruption references against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law. A two-judge bench, […]

Expat Pakistani Talent: There’s Not Much Here To Motivate Them to Return

DR. ISHRAT HUSAIN: There is little doubt the main driver of growth and shared prosperity in the 21st century is the knowledge economy. The evidence of this has already been demonstrated by Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, etc. China is embarking upon the same path. Most of these countries have invested heavily in their higher educational […]

Thaw In US, Pakistan Relations Could Lead To a Slam-Dunk For All

IRSHAD SALIM (Jun 9, 2018) — Three phone calls Thursday from U.S. to Islamabad and Rawalpindi have jump-started a significant development toward thawing of icy relations between the two countries. The most significant call — six months after President Trump’s early morning New Year caustic tweet against Pakistan — was from Washington by  Vice President […]

Austria Will Expel 60 Imams And Shut 7 Mosques; Is This Just The Beginning?

The far-right government in Vienna claims it’s due to “national security” concerns. JUN 9, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB)– Central Europe’s German-speaking country Austria plans to shut seven mosques and expel five dozen imams in what it said was “just the beginning” of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups that Turkey condemned as […]

Pakistan, Afghanistan Impact On China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

MUHAMMAD HANIF — THE Durand Line is an established international border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, based on the agreement, which had been signed between Amir Abdur Rahman Khan, the then ruler of Afghanistan, and Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, the then Foreign Secretary of the British India Government, on 12 November 1893. However, since the partition […]

Eight Things I learned About Palestine While Touring Eight Western Nations

RAMZY BAROUD — On February 20, 2018, I embarked on a global book tour that has, thus far, taken me to eight nations. The main theme of all my talks in various cultural, academic and media platforms was the pressing need to refocus the discussion on Palestine on the struggle, aspirations and history of the […]

ECP’s Remarks On ‘International Conspiracy’ to ‘Sabotage’ Upcoming Elections

In 2013, militant and other violence marred the run-up to the election and significantly affected the campaigns of secular, liberal parties on the left May 30, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Former Senate chairman Raza Rabbani has written letters to key constitutional functionaries suggesting that the Election Commission of Pakistan secretary should be summoned to the Committee […]

Land Mafia Bosses: Will NAB Expand Its Net?

Will NAB now expand its net to also include the powerful individuals who control the racket, or will it confine its actions to the lower tiers only? FOR the land mafia in Sindh, whose tentacles reach all the way up to the highest echelons of power, this is unfamiliar territory — a reckoning of sorts, […]

Corruption Doesn’t Matter: It’s The Numbers Game in Pakistan Politics

IRFAN HUSAIN — The other day as I was flipping channels, I came across an interesting two-part interview with Dr Ijaz Gilani, founder and chairman of Gallup Pakistan. I was so fascinated by the facts and figures he discussed that I watched the program online the next day so I could take notes. Relying on […]