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Privatization and economic necessity


Courtesy:- Malik Muhammad Ashraf It is estimated that State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) are collectively incurring an annual loss of between Rs.400-500 billion; more than 25% of the total revenue receipts of the government in a fiscal year. Keeping them afloat, therefore constitutes a huge drain on our precious national resources which could have been invested in vitally more...

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Restructuring, reforming and reviving the Planning Commission


Courtesy:- Professor Ahsan Iqbal Pakistan’s road to development has proven to be a turbulent one. While the changing nature of the global political economy has been a key factor in determining the scope of economic planning in other countries, in Pakistan shifts between the military and democratically-elected governments played a major role. One effect of this more...

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Afghan refugees in Pakistan


Courtesy:- Syed Mohammad Ali For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities due to multiple waves of Afghans crossing over the porous international border to flee repeated bouts of escalating conflict within their war-ravaged country. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan had unleashed the first wave of refugees more...

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Privatization of Ailing SOEs


Courtesy:-  TILA KHAN The economy of Pakistan has been through many phases over the last 67 years of its existence. While there have been long periods of recession, there were times when the country experienced economic booms. Presently, the economy has grown to a level where it can be rightly branded as one of the major economies of the world in terms of volume. more...

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PM’s wise view of security


Courtesy:-  S Rahman Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has rightly opined that the state cannot survive if the constitutional order was not respected and the rule of law not enforced. These views of the prime minister that he expressed at National Defence University need to be evaluated in the historical perspective with specific reference to the history of more...

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Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif Visit to Baluchistan (30 January 2014)


The Prime minster visited Quetta on 30 January to assess the situation and confer with provincial leadership on ways and means for bringing about necessary improvements in this respect. The present government right from its inception is taking special interest in the development of Baluchistan Province. As such, the socio-politico-economic situation in the province has more...

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The IMF conundrum


Courtesy:-  Malik Muhammad Ashraf Beginning from 1958 till today almost all the governments in Pakistan have sought IMF loans under various arrangements to bolster balance of payment position and to meet other financial needs. The irony about these loans has been that the oppositions of the sitting governments have invariably used them as a whipping horse to castigate more...

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Frugality at the expense of national image


Courtesy:-  Malik Muhammad Ashraf Traditional diplomacy has its own advantages and efficacy but it cannot match the power of public diplomacy, conducted through the media, in changing the perceptions and attitudes of the people and influencing their judgments We often hear our leaders hankering after projecting a soft image of Pakistan internationally and calling more...

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