Pakistan, the only country on the progression route in SAARC

The Transparency International (TI) maintained on Tuesday that Pakistan was the only country among the five Saarc countries that improved its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) score.

The other four countries scored the same or less points as compared to the score in 2014, the TI said in its report on CPI 2015, to be formally . . . → Read More: Pakistan, the only country on the progression route in SAARC

Saudi Royals “payment” of US$ 681 million to Malaysian PM

The Saudi royal family provided a $681 million “donation” that has engulfed Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in scandal, his attorney general said on Tuesday in a statement clearing the premier of graft allegations.

Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali said a review of evidence compiled by the country’s anti-graft agency showed that the money was . . . → Read More: Saudi Royals “payment” of US$ 681 million to Malaysian PM

Prosecutor’s resignation leaves Axact case in a mystery

The case against Axact has hit its first hurdle, and there are likely to be a few more in the days to come. Thus far, the prosecution had a near perfect score in winning all their battles.

Nine bail applications had been rejected, and a precedent was set in using the Anti-Money Laundering Act of . . . → Read More: Prosecutor’s resignation leaves Axact case in a mystery

Award winning journalist exposes CNN

According to Amber Lyon, a three-time Emmy award winning journalist, CNN is routinely paid by the US government and foreign governments to selectively report on certain events. Furthermore, the Obama administration pay CNN for editorial control over some of their content.

Back in March 2011, CNN sent a four person team to Bahrain to cover . . . → Read More: Award winning journalist exposes CNN

DHA scam; Rs. 30 billion fraud alleged

An accountability court on Thursday extended for 12 days the physical remand of the prime accused in the Rs16 billion DHA City (Lahore) land scam.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) produced Hammad Arshad before the court and sought extension in his custody.

The investigating officer told the court that further physical remand was required for . . . → Read More: DHA scam; Rs. 30 billion fraud alleged

Israel’s bribery case

When the State of Israel was founded, the new foreign minister, Moshe Sharett, did something that seemed quite natural. He sold his private apartment. In his new function, he was accorded an official residence. A modest one, needless to say.

Sharett thought that it was unseemly for a public official to retain a private apartment . . . → Read More: Israel’s bribery case

Why was the lowest bidder not awarded the CPEC contract

Two of the four highway projects in Balochistan recently inaugurated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have been awarded to the second lowest bidders instead of the lowest ones, causing a loss of over Rs650 million to the exchequer.

Interestingly enough, the prime minister inaugurated the western route . . . → Read More: Why was the lowest bidder not awarded the CPEC contract

India’s political climate needs a change

(By Kuldip Nayar) I AM the daughter-in-law of Mrs Indira Gandhi’. I have not been able to comprehend this remark by Congress President Sonia Gandhi even after two weeks. The question is that of Rs. 90 crore which the defunct National Herald, had obtained from the government and had not paid back. A court has . . . → Read More: India’s political climate needs a change

Pakistan’s battle with its own demons

Finding some room for romanticism and color was essential in politics. The adviser to the Prime Minister on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz has won on this front with, hard work and sincerity from his team.

A note of appreciation is due to the Indian foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj for having joined the “Heart of Asia” . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s battle with its own demons

Judaism and Israel are poles apart

Where else in the world is Occupation given a free pass by the global community? Why? Lingering guilt over the Holocaust? Geopolitical reality, in which the US has established a wedge of support for its never-ending confrontation with Russia and China? Oil politics run amuck, where Middle East dominance is a prerequisite . . . → Read More: Judaism and Israel are poles apart