Malik Muhammad Ashraf

  • TTo say that Pakistan is facing an economic crisis would be an understatement in view of the permeating situation. In fact the country is fast drifting towards an economic precipice if the trend is not arrested through prudent and necessity-driven solutions. Chief economist of IMF Maurice Obstfeld ...

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  • TForeign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had productive meetings with US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton in which whole range of issues pertaining to bilateral relations, peace in Afghanistan and matters pertaining to regional security in the context of ...

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  • TThe World Bank in its latest report has observed that bitter rivalry between India and Pakistan was costing them $35 billion worth of annual trade. According to the report trade between the two largest economies of the region could jump up to $ 37 billion if they tore down artificial barriers. The ...

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  • TIrrespective of how the economy plummeted to the current level and who was responsible for it, the immediate concern and focus has to be on fixing the economic maladies and re-directing the country to the path of self-sustained development. It is however easier said than done, particularly in the ...

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  • TThe PTI government is according top priority to reforming the local bodies with a view to enabling them to resolve the problems of the people at the grass-root level. Reportedly Prime Minister Imran Khan presiding over a high level meeting held to review the local government system on Monday asked ...

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  • TThe interaction of the visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford with civil and military leaders of Pakistan is significant from the perspective of ending a stalemate in the relations between the two countries. It was a second ...

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  • TThe permanent Indus Water Commission comprising Water Commissioners of India and Pakistan is currently engaged in talks focusing on Indian hydropower projects at Lower Kalnai( 48 MW) abd Pakal Du (1500 MW) under construction in Jummu and Kashmir in the Chenab basin. Pakistan feels that the design ...

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  • TThe International Court of Justice (ICJ) has fixed the hearing of Kalbhushan case for February 19-25, 2019. The development follows the submission of the final counter memorial by Pakistan on 18 July, 2018. After the award of death sentence to Kalbhushan by Field General Court Martial on 10 April, ...

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  • TWhile the Pakistani nation celebrated its Independence Day with unprecedented enthusiasm, unswerving commitment to surmount the diabolical challenges confronting the country and pursuing the democratic path as envisioned by the founding father, the Kashmiri Youth undaunted by the oppression let ...

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  • TThe US congress passed the National Defence Authorisation Act for 2019 on last Thursday in which it reduced security assistance to Pakistan from $ 750 million to $ 150 million annually. Since the advent of Trump administration the US has been employing different tactics to put Pakistan under ...

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  • TIn the backdrop of a precarious economic situation, especially in regards to the heavy repayments due on debt servicing and the statement of the likely finance minister of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government that the country had no choice other than seeking International Monetary Fund ...

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  • TNotwithstanding the fact that Kashmir is globally acknowledged as a nuclear flash-point by the world community and a threat to regional peace and security, no worthwhile efforts are coming forth from the UN and the international community to help the two countries to resolve the dispute in ...

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  • TIn the backdrop of the new global politics and the challenges and threats that it has thrown up, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a harbinger of peace and security in this region besides being a catalyst for enhanced economic cooperation between the member states. It is unique in the ...

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  • TCPEC has been acknowledged worldwide as an unprecedented economic initiative by China for a participative development and sharing of prosperity in the region as well as a historic opportunity for Pakistan to embark on a perennial process of sustainable economic growth. The CPEC being the pivot of ...

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  • TThe Financial Action Task Force (FATF) after a week-long deliberations and the pleading of its case by Pakistan’s finance minister, adopted a US motion to have Pakistan grey-listed which as usual was supported by her western allies like Britain, France and Germany. In the backdrop of the ...

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  • TThe security situation in the South Asian region remains precarious in the backdrop of the dynamics of the global politics, particularly the efforts of the United States of America and its western allies to contain China with Indian support and connivance and the attempt by the latter to take ...

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  • TThe coalition between BJP and PDP in the Indian held Kashmir collapsed on Tuesday with the withdrawal of the former from the government headed by Mehbooba Hashmi, paving the way for Governor’s rule in the valley. That is indeed an ominous development as direct rule from Delhi means the ...

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  • TIt is a painful and irrefutable reality that the USA and its allies are one way or the other connected to and responsible for almost all the conflicts around the globe and also the stumbling block in their resolution. The non-resolution of the conflicts in Palestine and Kashmir are glaring examples ...

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  • TIt is an unfortunate reality that the relations between Pakistan and its neighbouring countries India and Afghanistan remain volatile as ever in spite of the best efforts by the former to make a new beginning. In regards to improving relations with India and re-starting the long suspended dialogue ...

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  • TProverbs are sayings which have an element of eternal truth and moral lessons about human behaviours and their outcomes. There is a proverb claiming “A man is known by the company he keeps” Man being a social animal tends to live among people who have a similar world view of things ...

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  • TThe discourse of Dr Maleeha Lodhi –the permanent representative of Pakistan to United Nations (UN)– in the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) session which deliberated on how to effectively counter numerous threats to the world peace on last Saturday, was right in regards to ...

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  • TWhat is happening in the country at the moment in the name of accountability, with the judiciary virtually taking over the functions of the executive and even trying to overlord the parliament is a serious breach of the constitution and the misuse of powers. The CJ ostensibly has been justifying ...

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  • TNational Accountability Bureau was created by a military dictator with an ostensible purpose of fixing the non-compliant political leaders and soiling their reputations. No wonder that it is viewed in the same light by majority of the people. Even the SC during the Panama hearing had grilled the ...

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  • TAll the political parties are already into their election campaigns much before the installation of the care taker government and the announcement of the election date by the ECP. The PTI has taken lead in presenting its election manifesto based on eleven point agenda unfurled by Imran Khan at a ...

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  • TJohn Wilkes a radical and popular politician of London, a journalist and pioneer of freedom of press in Britain during the eighteen century writing in the first issue of his weekly newspaper “The North Britain” in 1762 said “Freedom of expression is the bulwark of all other ...

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  • TThe developments on the political landscape of the country including the disqualification of the former Prime Minister as a result of the Panama case, fall of the Balochistan government, the detestable horse-trading in the election for senate seats and the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Senate, ...

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  • TThe relations between China and Pakistan are far beyond and above the realm of normal diplomatic relations and no terminology in the diplomatic parlance could befittingly describe this fusion of minds and hearts between the two people. Even the epithet of ‘iron-brothers’ that is often ...

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  • TPakistan, the front line state in the war against international terrorism surely has fought it as its own war as is quite evident from the cost that it had to pay in men and material and the results achieved so far, but regrettably the US and most of its allies in the West tend to look askance at ...

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  • TThe Modi-led Indian government is essentially anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan, as is evident from the persecution of Indian Muslims, the reign of terror let loose by the Indian security forces against Kashmiri Muslims, persistent cross-border firing along the LOC, bellicose blustering by the Indian ...

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  • TThe ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony is contemplating to hold an International Conference with the theme ‘Promotion of Religious Tolerance In The Light of Seerah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)’ on 24th March at Islamabad. The Conference will be attended by the Grand ...

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