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

The oppression in India and Israel

Cultural revolutions are underway in two nation-states — India and Israel — founded by secular nationalists in the late 1940s. Right-wing demagogues, emerging in both countries from among previously unrepresented masses, seek to forge a new national identity by stigmatizing particular religious and secular groups.

There are eerie similarities between the Hindu thugs who assault . . . → Read More: The oppression in India and Israel

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

The daylight robbery

Unjust taxes levied on private security providers is a huge tax anomaly

Through Finance Act, 2015, the federal government has introduced a new section (236P) which relates to collection of 0.6 per cent advance tax on non-cash debit transactions on Non Filers only. The withholding tax on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs50,000 a day will . . . → Read More: The daylight robbery

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

Afghan women and the social media

Samira Hamidi was initially reluctant to join Facebook. In 2009, she explains, it was “very unusual” for an Afghan woman to have an account. She was eventually talked into it by friends she met while studying law at York University. Now 35 and working as a consultant on Afghan women’s rights campaigns, she has . . . → Read More: Afghan women and the social media

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

The Political Muddle

The flexibility in the operations of democracy has engulfed a strain in Pakistan. It hasn’t been long since democratic forces barged in with the right to represent and serve people. However, the political institutions have unfolded resoluteness in doling out the services they guarantee constitutionally. The Zardaris and Altaf Hussain have come out . . . → Read More: The Political Muddle

Lahore bank shooting results in three casualties

At least three people were killed and two others injured when a man opened fire inside a local bank in Lahore’s Iqbal town area on Thursday.

Police said the bank operation manager, a security guard and a passerby were killed in the shooting.

According to initial reports, robbery was not the motive behind the . . . → Read More: Lahore bank shooting results in three casualties