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Economic challenges for the new government

Vagaries of Consciousness Nation’s coffers would be nearly empty by the time the new government starts While election frenzy is griping the country, few indications are available if the political parties are abreast of the challenges they would be facing if they get a chance to form the government, and what policies they plan to adopt to deal with them. …

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A water emergency

A water emergency

The Rawal Dam is considered to be one of the major sources of drinking water for people residing in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. But from its latest pictures, it is heart-wrenching to see that extremely hot weather and low rainfall has left the dam barren and dry. According to media reports, the water level has gone below the dead level. Once …

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Indo-Pak relations: détente the only way forward

Jahangir’s World Times Urdu (Page 32)

Interim federal minister & ex-defence secretary Whenever two neighbouring states with strong political and military standoff acquire nuclear capabilities with effective delivery means, the entire gambit of diplomacy and warfare changes. Nuclear parity (that exists between Pakistan and India) if properly understood by political and military leaderships, nearly precludes nuclear war as well as conventional military operations. This automatically pushes …

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1980-2008: Chronology of govt packages for industrial revival, loan write-off

1980-2008: Chronology of govt packages for industrial revival, loan write-off

Every economy undergoes various ups and downs and business cycles caused by many internal and external factors affecting businesses in general and some in particular. Pakistan in its history of 71 years has seen many such upheavals starting with Korean War and subsequent devaluation. There was another major shock resulting of dismemberment of Pakistan in 1971 affecting the businesses owned …

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The Coming Tech Battle With China

The Coming Tech Battle With China

Arriving in Beijing last month, I knew I would not be able to connect to Google, Facebook or Uber. As strange as it was to go without these staples of online life in the West, it was even stranger to find that local Chinese didn’t seem to feel deprived at all. They search through Baidu, get their social media fix …

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World in Focus (May-June 2018)

NATIONAL May 16: Husain Lawai was elected as the chairman of Pakistan Stock Exchange Limited (PSX). May 16: The Exchange of Data Information (EDI) between Pakistan and China operationalized. Under the EDI, tax authorities of both countries would share imports and exports data through connected electronic software. May 16: Salman Badeni, the Balochistan chief of proscribed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was killed during …

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False Dawn in Afghanistan?

False Dawn in Afghanistan?

A temporary Taliban truce, despite the opportunity it presents, doesn’t mean peace is about to break out anytime soon. In recent days, unprecedented developments in Afghanistan have brought new hope to one of the most war-stricken countries in the world. The Afghan government and the Taliban declared separate brief cease-fires to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Over a remarkable three-day …

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Countervailing the climate crisis

Countervailing the climate crisis

Pakistan presents some of the most breathtaking landscapes, with glacier-topped mountain ranges in the north to the sea and desert in the south. But the same climatic and topographical diversity makes it among the top 10 countries that are most vulnerable to climate change. The last decade has seen Pakistan battered by the full force of nature’s wrath, with erratic …

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The Future of Pakistan by Stephen P. Cohen

The Future of Pakistan by Stephen P. Cohen

By:Nargis Zahra Stephen P. Cohen is an established expert on politics of Pakistan. Presently, he is rendering his services as a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Program at Brookings Institution, Washington DC. He is currently a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on International Security and Arms Control. In his long career as an academician, Stephen P. Cohen …

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