KP Ehtesab Commission (KPEC) sets example for other provinces

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission (KPEC) on Tuesday arrested provincial food secretary Sahibzada Fazal Ameen on multiple charges of misuse of office and corrupt practices during his tenure as the social welfare secretary.

Official sources told Dawn that the secretary was taken into custody from his office here and would be produced before an ehtesab . . . → Read More: KP Ehtesab Commission (KPEC) sets example for other provinces

Female IS supporters caught in Karachi

(By Faraz Khan) It all started with a request. Short and simple. “Aap se darkhwast hai [We’re making a request to you]”. And that was enough. It was a code, used by Islamic State-inspired militants to raise funds for their activities in the metropolitan city.

The women’s wing of the Middle Eastern terror outfit . . . → Read More: Female IS supporters caught in Karachi

Pakistan’s chaotic compass

By Farhan Bokhari

Pakistanis are justified in asking a pertinent question: Is it worth celebrating the coming of the New Year? The answer to that question depends on where they stand in the social hierarchy

If Pakistan’s past year was a reflection of its future, the . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s chaotic compass

Pakistan’s no change in climate change ineptitude

(By Rina Saeed Khan) Pakistan was already off to a disappointing start at the UN Climate Change Conference 2015 in Paris when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave an empty speech that was even shorter than the three minutes allocated to the heads of states, who showed up on the opening day. I had hoped that . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s no change in climate change ineptitude

Corruption crackdown in China, Guo Guangchang goes underground

A billionaire tycoon known as China’s Warren Buffett has gone missing, prompting speculation he has been ensnared by president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign and causing shares in the Hong Kong-listed subsidiary of his company to be suspended.

Fosun Group, China’s largest private-sector conglomerate, has been unable to reach its chairman Guo Guangchang since noon on . . . → Read More: Corruption crackdown in China, Guo Guangchang goes underground

Why India’s Intolerance Problem Is Hurting Its Global Reputation

(By Shashi Tharoor) December began with India’s Parliament consumed in a passionate and sometimes hot-tempered debate on the mounting intolerance raging rampant across the country. For a government that is unduly proud of its international standing, the BJP administration in the national capital seems curiously oblivious to the great damage being done to India by . . . → Read More: Why India’s Intolerance Problem Is Hurting Its Global Reputation

Why is our government reluctant to face the real issues

(By Arif Nizami) Our foreign policy establishment claims ad-nauseam that there is no ISIS (Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham) in Pakistan. In the process the nation, already engaged in an existential war against the Taliban/al-Qaeda brand of terrorism, is reassured that it need not fear Da’ish as it simply does not exist.

Before 9/11 . . . → Read More: Why is our government reluctant to face the real issues

NAB acquits ex-President Zardari in major corruption cases

Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari was acquitted by a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court in the SGS-Cotecna references on Tuesday.

SGS-Cotecna reference pertains to the award of pre-shipment contracts in which the accused had allegedly received six per cent kickback.

The court said . . . → Read More: NAB acquits ex-President Zardari in major corruption cases

Sharifs lack the political vision

By DR NIAZ MURTAZA

BY winning the recent Punjab LG polls, the Sharifs have re-demonstrated their political hold in the province and by extension in Pakistan. Counting tenures as chief executives federally or provincially, the Sharifs have ruled Pakistan longer than any dictator or political family (party-wise, the PPP is still . . . → Read More: Sharifs lack the political vision

Malik Siraj Akbar – Terrorist Poodle

Of late a Mr. Malik Siraj Akbar is proving to be quite the jack in the box; popping up right on time with an eager-to-influence-the-narrative blog post when PAK-US relations experience an upward trend.

His recent blog post for the Huffington Post can only be described as pure . . . → Read More: Malik Siraj Akbar – Terrorist Poodle