Pak Affairs

The Federal Budget 2019-20

The Federal Budget 2019-20 Rarely if ever, except perhaps during the initial years after our independence in 1947, has Pakistan faced such dire economic straits as those that confront it today. Consequently, the template of the federal budget was cast by the IMF programme terms that the country recently agreed with the Fund at the staff-level and has duly complied …

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Why Technocracy is the Only Way Out?

Why Technocracy is the Only Way Out? Amjed Jaaved With change of guards at the SBP, and with removal of a bureaucrat from the post of FBR Chairman, and appointment of a technocrat to take his place, a surreptitious technocratic coup d’état seems to be underway in Pakistan. This development also suggests that the current setup of the country is …

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Sources Attributable to the Sales Tax Gap

Sources Attributable to the Sales Tax Gap Bilal Hassan In Pakistan, people prefer to make business transactions in cash rather than through banking channels. Only 13 percent Pakistani nationals have formal bank accounts as compared to 83 percent people in Sri Lanka, 53 percent in India, 31 percent in Bangladesh and 92 percent in Iran, according to the JCR-VIS sector update …

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Second Belt and Road Forum

Second Belt and Road Forum Key Takeaways Magazine Desk The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was held in Beijing from April 25 to 27 under the theme “Belt and Road Cooperation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future”. The forum consisted of the opening ceremony, the Leaders’ Roundtable, the high-level meeting, 12 thematic forums and a CEO conference. 40 …

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Rule-based Diplomacy and UN Counter terrorism System

Rule-based Diplomacy and UN Counterterrorism System Kamran Adil Introduction On 1st May 2019, Mohammad Masood Azhar Alvi (hereinafter Masood Azhar) was placed on the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida  Sanctions List by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). In response, the Government of Pakistan, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), stated: “The UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee listing is governed by clear rules …

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Ensuring Energy, Water and Food Security

Ensuring Energy, Water and Food Security Shafqat Javed Water scarcity is the biggest threat to fertile lands in the country which, in turn, means serious consequences for the industrial sector. Pakistan is already a water-scarce country as owing to the poor state of infrastructure about two-third is lost due to poor transmission and seepage.  Water scarcity hurts the entire agricultural chain …

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Commercial Forestry in Pakistan

Commercial Forestry in Pakistan Public Private Partnerships is the way to go! M.H. Rehman One of the major causes of climate change is deforestation. As human population and industrialization have grown, so have human settlements and use of timber for multiple purposes. This means much of the land that previously had forests and other vegetation on it has been, on …

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Budget-Making in Pakistan

Budget-Making in Pakistan Say Yes to Transparency Zafrullah Saroya In modern governance, the budget of a state is one of the most powerful fiscal instruments at the disposal of an incumbent government to implement its political commitments and development agenda. Tabled every year in the parliament, the budget contains the ideas that are to be translated into implementable policies prioritized by …

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Pakistan’s Nuclear Use Doctrine, An ambiguity prevails

Pakistan's Nuclear Use Doctrine, An ambiguity prevails

By: Asfand Yar Bhutto An overview of Pakistan’s Nuclear Use Doctrine Since the start of its nuclear weapons programme, particularly nuclear tests of May 1998, Pakistan has not come up officially with its nuclear use doctrine. However, No First Use (NFU) policy has remained deeply rooted in its nuclear deterrence assumptions with the objective to make the deterrence more credible …

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On the Verge of War

On the Verge of War

By: Asad Hussain Sanity is the first victim in India-Pakistan Standoff Amidst intense warmongering from the Indian side, the ongoing dangerous standoff between the two hostile nuclear neighbours, Pakistan and India, may lead the world to an unimaginable catastrophe. In order to ascertain as to how we reached here, it is quintessential to understand the background to this critical juncture. …

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