Nisar orders FIA to go after the ‘big fish’

Expressing displeasure over the Federal Investigation Agency’s performance, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan directed FIA investigators on Wednesday to lay their hands on the big fish involved in mega corruption scandals.

“Catch the big fish [involved in mega corruption] cases within weeks, no matter who they are. Exercise new powers recently vested in you . . . → Read More: Nisar orders FIA to go after the ‘big fish’

No intention of getting out of financial woes

IN August 2016, Pakistan will complete the final review of its extended arrangements with the IMF. In the absence of major hiccups, the country would be able to heave a sigh of relief.

The crisis risks that loomed large in 2013 would have eased and stabilisation reduced macroeconomic imbalances. Fiscal deficit would be down to . . . → Read More: No intention of getting out of financial woes

Pakistan’s civil, military and Karachi operation

Some questions giving themselves to avid debate on various TV channels are:

Is the government firmly committed to the Karachi operation? Are the government and the army firmly on the same page? What is the logical conclusion of the Karachi operation?

and

How how long will the war on militancy . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s civil, military and Karachi operation

Too obvious too corrupt

By Babar Sattar

There is a long tradition of philosophers (Rousseau, Kant, Hobbes, Locke) alluding to the ‘veil of ignorance’. Rawls used the concept most succinctly in his essay ‘A theory of justice’: “No one (ought to) know his place in society, his class position or social status; nor does he (ought to) know . . . → Read More: Too obvious too corrupt

Change is possible but not easy

(By Dr Atta-ur-Rahman) Winds of change are now blowing across the landscape of Pakistan. The corrupt are being caught by the forces led by General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff, (COAS) and many are trying to escape to safer foreign shores where they have amassed mountains of dollars and pounds.

Karachi is beginning to . . . → Read More: Change is possible but not easy

Modi: Indians angry and disappointed with China

The Big Story: The Great Game

On the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a chance to raise India’s unhappiness with Beijing over a specific bit of international maneuvering. According to several External Affairs Ministry reporters, Modi told Chinese President Xi Jinping that India was disappointed, that the Indian . . . → Read More: Modi: Indians angry and disappointed with China

People deserve democracy not the politicians

(BY ARIF NIZAMI) “Democracy is the best revenge” — famous words of shaheed Benazir Bhutto, the builder of the PPP post judicial murder of her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The founder of the PPP was ousted by his wily army chief General Zia-ul-Haq exactly 38 years ago on 5 July 1977.

Apart from suffering Zia’s . . . → Read More: People deserve democracy not the politicians

Exposed but shameless politicians

By Syed Talat Hussain

Pakistan’s political progress can be likened to a rocking chair: moves much but doesn’t go anywhere. Most explanations of this state of perpetual stagnation centre on leadership. The popular, and to a great extent correct, belief is that leaders, both military and civilians, have brought the country to this . . . → Read More: Exposed but shameless politicians

FIA crackdown continues despite political concerns

The country’s security czar has made it clear to the Sindh government that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will continue its crackdown against corrupt officials throughout the country.

On Monday, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah had contacted Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan expressing concerns over the federal government’s recent decision to allow . . . → Read More: FIA crackdown continues despite political concerns

The self created water problems

(BY DR NASIR JAVED) If the water management issue is not addressed on an urgent basis, the day is not far when water would be as scarce as electricity and gas are today in Pakistan. In fact, Pakistan had been warned of this crisis for decades, but in vain. Experts repeatedly state that Pakistan is . . . → Read More: The self created water problems