13 die in country wide floods, Rs. 500m relief announced for Chitral

As at least four people were killed on Wednesday when their pick-up truck was swept away by a seasonal stream in Khuzdar, Balochistan, raising the overall death toll from this year’s monsoon-linked floods to at least 13.

The vehicle was crossing a seasonal stream in the Shah Noorani area of the remote district when it . . . → Read More: 13 die in country wide floods, Rs. 500m relief announced for Chitral

Minorities’ push to political participation

We need to train representatives contesting the upcoming local bodies election, urged speakers at a consultation seminar on Tuesday.

The seminar was held on developing potential leadership and effective participation of minorities in local bodies election by the Minorities Development Initiative (MDI). The idea for the young and bright to come forward and resolve issues . . . → Read More: Minorities’ push to political participation

Hamid Karzai a threat to Afghanistan’s stability

(By Sune Engel Rasmussen) The former Afghan president has cast himself as a unifier of the country, but his manoeuvring against his successor, Ashraf Ghani, suggests otherwise.

A stone’s throw from the presidential palace in Kabul, you can see the lines of dignitaries awaiting their appointments from early in the morning: tribal leaders and elders . . . → Read More: Hamid Karzai a threat to Afghanistan’s stability

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?

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

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

Ayyan Ali’s bail accepted after 4 months

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has accepted supermodel Ayyan Ali`s bail plea in the currency smuggling case today (Tuesday), Dunya News reported.

A two-member bench of the LHC suspended the judicial remand and ordered immediate release of the accused.

Ayyan Ali has been languishing in Central Jail Adiala for attempting to smuggle over $500,000 out . . . → Read More: Ayyan Ali’s bail accepted after 4 months

Recognising Dignity

(By NAWEEN A. MANGI) SINDH is home to a large youth population that is utterly frustrated, bitter and angry. They are also an incredible social, economic and psychological burden for their struggling families and impoverished communities.

The tale is similar all across rural Sindh. Farm workers who tend land owned by someone else aspire to . . . → Read More: Recognising Dignity

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

US ally Modi may feel lonely at the BRICS summit

When the BRICS annual summit was held at Fortaleza in Brazil in July last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was hardly six weeks into his new job. Modi was famous internationally more on account of his handling of the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat than as a visionary world leader. When his battle-hardened BRICS counterparts . . . → Read More: US ally Modi may feel lonely at the BRICS summit