Government’s urgency to pay TCC for Reko Diq

The Nawaz Sharif government is in an unnecessary haste to settle and pay millions, possibly billions, of dollars as compensation for the Reko Diq gold and copper mines to a discredited and ousted Canadian-Chilean mining consortium, a decision if made may resemble the infamous circular debt payment of Rs500 billion in the early days of . . . → Read More: Government’s urgency to pay TCC for Reko Diq

US Secretary Defence failed Pentagon

By “An E-Ring Veteran”

Best Defense guest columnist

Spontaneous cheers could be heard in many Pentagon offices as the surprise news of Hagel’s resignation spread. Although Hagel’s predecessors, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, were hugely popular, few Pentagon wonks developed warm feelings for Hagel. Drawing on conversations from a mix of senior executives and mid-level . . . → Read More: US Secretary Defence failed Pentagon

Is a NATO member providing supplies to ISIS

By Tony Cartalucci

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) published a video report of immense implications – possibly the first national broadcaster in the West to admit that the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) is supplied not by “black market oil” or “hostage ransoms” but billions of dollars worth of supplies carried into Syria across NATO . . . → Read More: Is a NATO member providing supplies to ISIS

Extra printing of ballot papers : Mere technicality and custom

The veil of secrecy was finally lifted on Monday after a senior official of the Election Commission of Pakistan disclosed that over 9.42 million extra ballot papers had been printed for last year’s general elections.

Talking to Dawn, the official said the exact number of ballot papers printed was 181,743,000 (181.74 million). The number of . . . → Read More: Extra printing of ballot papers : Mere technicality and custom

Was Robin Raphel targetted or trapped

A tip from Indian soil which shed new light on how US diplomat Robin Raphel empowered the Taliban may have hastened her downfall in Washington.

Accounts from Raisina Hill, the seat of government in New Delhi and from Chanakyapuri, the capital’s diplomatic enclave, however, indicated that India’s official apparatus was not involved in the tip. . . . → Read More: Was Robin Raphel targetted or trapped

Rape victims suffer more due to insensitive police attitude

Barbara Bowman first publicly accused Bill Cosby of rape in 2004. But people didn’t start believing her until now, when a male comedian called Cosby a rapist last month.

Bowman’s story puts a personal face on the myriad reasons women are often hesitant to come forward with rape allegations. They often face disbelief, harrassment, or accusations of . . . → Read More: Rape victims suffer more due to insensitive police attitude

Indian politicians clear themselves of Chhattisgarh deaths

 

As the Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy mounts, the question is where will the accountability lie? In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh dismissed Congress’s demand for his resignation, saying his resignation or that of the state health minister won’t solve the problem. He said that prima facie it appeared that SOPs . . . → Read More: Indian politicians clear themselves of Chhattisgarh deaths

PTI’s above the law thinking

WHY does the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) wish to garnish its credentials as a party that isn’t bound by the law and its procedures? Whether it’s Imran Khan’s resolve to oust Nawaz Sharif in a manner not contemplated by the letter or spirit of our Constitution or his call for civil disobedience (encouraging people to refuse . . . → Read More: PTI’s above the law thinking

NATO – future unknown

At the end of Second World War, Europe was devastated economically and militarily. Germany, France, Italy, UK, Hungary and Poland were most affected by the five years of wars. Two events enabled Europe to get back on its feet. First was the Marshall Plan introduced by USA. It provided much needed financial capital to these . . . → Read More: NATO – future unknown

Uplift funds to be shrunk due to International commitments

(By Khaleeq Kiani) The government has put a tight squeeze on public sector development funds to create a substantial cushion for meeting international commitments on fiscal control in case of a shortfall in revenue collection.

In the first four months (July-October) of the current fiscal year, the government disbursed Rs99.8 billion for the Public Sector . . . → Read More: Uplift funds to be shrunk due to International commitments