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    PTI govt measures pull economy from brink of collapse

    Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) came to power on the promise of “Naya Pakistan” and now two years down the road, though the situation is far from perfect, Pakistan is no longer teetering on the edge of collapse. It may seem repetitive but the PTI government did indeed inherit a structurally flawed...
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    Well done, Pakistan!

    How well have we managed the ongoing coronavirus crisis? Let’s go back a few weeks. The zaireen (pilgrims) from Taftan were not quarantined properly at the border. The government was a little too late in calling off the Raiwind congregation. And there was hardly any coordination between the...
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    کرونا اور کشمیر

    میں سلطنتِ خیالستان کا بادشاہ ہوں۔ میری سلطنت بڑی وسیع و عریض ہے۔ ماضی قریب میں میری سلطنت کی ایک بڑی ریاست کے گورنر نے ایک ملحقہ چھوٹی ریاست، جہاں ایک اور مذہب کے لوگ آباد تھے، کا محاصرہ کر لیا اور لوگوں پہ انتہا کا ظلم کیا۔ جوانوں کو قتل کیا اور خواتین کی عصمت دری کی۔ میری سلطنت کی ایک اور...
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    Reforms: PTI’s role in uplifting agriculture sector

    LAHORE: How the agriculture sector performs in any given time period has a multiplier effect on not just Punjab’s economy but also Pakistan’s whole economy. Unfortunately, this sector under the previous governments had long suffered from neglect and ad hoc, reactionist interventions, which...
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    Pakistan's FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) jumps by massive 78% in Jul-Nov (Tribune)

    Overall, the foreign investment Pakistan surged by 1,267pc to $2.006 billion during July-November. During the first five months of FY20, investment from the US increased from a negative $95.2 million to $34.9 million. Similarly, foreign investment from Norway jumped from a negative $74.2 million...
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    Vast Pro-Indian Propaganda Network exposed (BBC)

    Pro-Indian 'fake websites targeted decision makers in Europe' The websites sprinkled anti-Pakistan content amongst stories about world news and sport. A global network of pro-Indian fake websites and think-tanks is aimed at influencing decision-making in Europe, researchers say. The...
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    Why is Imran Khan so angry? (Tribune)

    The minute IK stops being angry, you’ll know he’s become part of the status quo. Imran Khan’s anger makes everyone angry. Critics and friends tell him to tone down his anger and get along with the opposition. The politics of re-conciliation works better than confrontation, they argue, with IK...
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    My complaint to the Prime Minister (Tribune) - Tabdeeli ki chhoti si jhalak

    Recently, I ran an experiment. I asked my team to file three complaints on the Prime Minister’s much talked-about Citizen’s Portal App. The idea was to assess the effectiveness of this unique citizen-government interface. The complaints related to Lahore were selected because they pertained...
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    یہ پلاسٹک کے انصافی۔

    ان میڈیا ہاؤسز کو نظر انداز کرنا مشکل نہیں، ان صحافت کے نام پر دھبوں نما صحافیوں کی بھی میری نظر میں کوي قدر نہیں، یہ بے ضمیر لبرلز بھی کسی اہمیت کے حامل نہیں رہے، ن لیگیوں کی بونگیاں تو یونہی نظر انداز کرنا بہت آسان ہے، یہ تو بےچارے قابلِ رحم معصوم لوگ ہیں، ان ملاؤں کی کسمپرسی بھی سمجھ سے...
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    Maulana and the liberals (This is the best write-up on our fake liberals)

    A stormy affair blossomed in the dark during Maulana’s dharna. Politics makes strange bedfellows but this one takes the cake: Pakistani liberals and Maulana in a warm embrace, grinning while sinning. Liberals called an illiberal Maulana, a champion of democracy. Might as well call Misbah Boom...
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    Is the Maulana looking for a vacuum?

    What does Maulana Fazlur Rehman want to achieve from his so-called Azadi March? And what has pushed or pulled him to this stage? Why are other opposition parties not sure of their participation? Finally, will he achieve his objective(s)? Before examining these questions, let’s look at the...
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    Maulana — the Keyser Söze (Express Tribune)

    "When he labels his dharna as “Azadi March”, I don’t doubt it is a protest for freedom. However, I’m not sure if the freedom is for the Pakistani people or the usual suspects, one of whom has developed a platelets problem behind bars." In the final scene of the movie, The Usual Suspects, the...
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    Shame on us (Abdus Salam: The Muslim Science genius forgotten by History)BBC

    In 1979, Pakistani scientist Abdus Salam won the Nobel Prize for Physics. His life’s work was key to defining a theory of particle physics still used today, and it laid the groundwork for the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson – the particle responsible for giving all other particles mass...
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    PIA revenue jumps 30% in Jan-Jun 2019 (Tribune)

    KARACHI: Revenues of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) increased 30% in first six months of 2019, the Aviation Division said in its report. “From January to June of the current calendar year, the national flag carrier achieved a breakthrough,” the Aviation Division remarked. During the...
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    Central bank chief sees economy on the mend (Tribune)

    KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) governor has claimed that the country has taken right decisions for reviving the slowing economy as their implementation has started bearing fruit. “I would like to tell you that today (Wednesday) we have turned in the right direction,” remarked SBP...
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    Imran Khan in Washington: He came, he saw, he conquered, writes Michael Kugelman

    What a three days it was for Prime Minister Imran Khan in Washington. He participated in multiple White House meetings, culminating in a one-on-one exchange with President Donald Trump. He hobnobbed with senior congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. He networked with corporate bigwigs. He...
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    The last Sharifs

    There is a curious connection between the Sharif family and a Netflix show called The Last Czars. The show is made by the West depicting the Russian society in English language before the 1917 revolution in Russia. I watched the show and as any movie or media generally is meant to do: it had...
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    ٹیکس ایمنسٹی سکیم 2019 کیوں کامیاب ترین رہی؟

    حکومتِ پاکستان کی ٹیکس ایمنسٹی اسکیم 2019ء کا وقت ختم ہوچکا ہے اور حکومت یہ دعوٰی کررہی ہے کہ یہ ملکی تاریخ کی کامیاب ترین اسکیم ثابت ہوئی ہے۔ اگر اعداد و شمار کو دیکھیں تو یہ دعوٰی شاید غلط بھی نہیں۔ اس اسکیم سے تقریباً ایک لاکھ 37 ہزار لوگوں نے فائدہ اٹھایا ہے جس کے نتیجے میں 3 کھرب سے زیادہ...
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    Pakistan’s foreign policy wins (Express Tribune)(Tareef wo jo dushman karay)

    A quicksand awaited the incumbent government during these days last year. A year down, while the economic situation in the country appears bleak at present, the future looks bright as the direction of the incumbent government’s economic team is starting to show glimmers of hope. While the...
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    These poor "liberals"

    I take so much joy reading/watching these run of the mill fashionable "liberals" who are hopelessly desperate to see the back of Imran Khan. The PMLN supporters (if there are any besides the paid ones) don't bother me; I can ignore them for their innocence cum ignorance but these "liberals" are...