RT, one of my favorite news sources, has fallen for a fake story put out by the Pentagon to support the fantasy story that a SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, who died a second time in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a decade after his first death from illness and disease.
This fake story together with the . . . → Read More: Does anyone know the real Bin Laden story?
SOME argue that corruption, seen as ‘speed money’, ‘price of information’, or ‘kickbacks’, is not a big issue in any economy/ society. It is seen as the ‘grease’ that makes a system work. What is not taken into account in such narratives are the broader issues invoked when those who have been entrusted with a . . . → Read More: Corruption becoming a system
In recent months, as the spreading Ebola emergency took center stage in Washington, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have pledged $530 million to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. And in October, at a special session with African leaders on Ebola during the IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Washington, DC, IMF Managing . . . → Read More: West Africa’s Ebola crisis and IMF
The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) collected Rs411 million in form fees from passport applicants between 2007 and 2013 without the approval of the finance ministry and the central bank, according to the Auditor General of Pakistan’s report for 2013-14.
The bank continues to charge applicants even though the AGP’s office has termed the . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s National Bank collected Rs 411 million illegal fees from passport applicants
On October 17 of this year, investigative journalist Mubasher Lucman was banned for life from television in Pakistan. The case was taken up suo motu by the judiciary and found that Mr. Lucman maligned the judiciary egregiously enough to merit a lifetime ban from appearing in any capacity on television. As he says, “I cannot even host a . . . → Read More: Real reasons for Mubashir Lucman ban
Pakistan, like several third world countries, is besieged with urban problems due to the lack of planning in the development sector. Acute shortages of housing, huge shortfalls in the water supply, sewerage, drainage, waste disposal, electricity, transport, lack of health and safety measures, inefficient land use systems, pollution control etc are just the tip of . . . → Read More: Urban planning or lack thereof
Nizami’s War Crimes Trial
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 is set to deliver the long-awaited verdict in the war crimes cases against Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami today, more than four months after the deferment of the judgment in June.
The alleged chief of the infamous Al-Badr force is facing 16 charges, including his role in . . . → Read More: (Is Bangaldesh ready to hang Jamaat-e-Islami chief for his support to Pakistan in 1971
The government has again backpedalled on the privatisation of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) to avoid political backlash, but will go all-out to sell stakes in profitable entities and issue Islamic bonds to raise $1.8 billion for budget financing.
The privatisation of PIA and PSM is now expected to take . . . → Read More: Political pressure crushes Pak Govt, PIA and PSM not to be privatized anytime soon
On The Buck Stops Here, we debate: will the black money bomb result in a political explosion or an anti-climax? Government may have revealed three alleged black money account holders in its affidavit to the Supreme Court, but what about the big fish? And when government is probing four Congress names including former minister . . . → Read More: India’s crackdown on its black economy