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Pak-Qatar economic relations

Where is the mega Qatari investment? In January, PM Imran Khan visited Doha as the head of a delegation to discuss economic cooperation with the Emir of Qatar. Following the premier’s visit, the Board of

Statistical discrepancies

Government must clarify Apart from setting a record high tax collection target another focus in the first federal budget tabled by the PTI is austerity; a combination of reducing expenditures and increasing

Maryam speaks out

Her differences with Shehbaz come forth PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz has been very categorical in saying that party President Shehbaz Sharif’s proposal for a ‘charter of economy’ was his

Religious extremism report

State Department says more needs to done That the US State Department’s need to pronounce on countries’ religious freedom may be considered as interference in their sovereignty, but that does not mean

Online tax profiling system

Brass knuckles under the kid gloves On Friday Prime Minister Imran Khan appealed to the nation to declare assets before the amnesty scheme’s June 30 deadline. Simultaneously the FBR launched its online

Meeting FATF conditions

With only months left to comply After missing two deadlines to comply with FATF conditions, Pakistan has now been given a final extension till October of this year to address its terror

The only way out

No option but to fight the cases The fortunes of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have been on the decline for the last three years. In 2017 he was sent packing by

Hyderabad railway accident

Where is the accountability The collision at Hyderabad of a passenger train and a goods train was bad enough in itself. It was also a rude shock for the Pakistan Railways community,

The budget debate

Suggestion both from Treasury and opposition On Wednesday the Speaker issued production orders for PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari and PML(N) MNA Kh Saad Rafique. Mr Zardari in fact spoke at the budget

Indian thank-you notes

PM, Foreign Minister reply politely Re-elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his new Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar have both replied with honeyed words and anodyne phrases to letters from their Pakistani

A positive development

But how long will it last? After keeping the National Assembly dysfunctional for several days of the budget session, an exercise in course correction seems to have been conducted. A directive from

National Development Council

An economic body with a difference? At first sight, the new National Development Council seems to be a mere repetition of a number of already existing bodies, especially in view of its

Desperate for dollars

As expenditures pile up Prime Minister Imran Khan, through his Instagram account, announced that Qatar’s emir will be visiting Pakistan this week bringing with him $22 billion, notably $1 billion higher than

The prime minister and NA

Sawing off the branch one is sitting on The noisy PTI MNAs continuously disturbed and heckled the Leader of the Opposition when he started to speak on the budget on Monday. This led

 World Cup blues

The hits just keep on coming After watching Pakistan lose to West Indies in spectacular fashion only to beat England in the following match by giving them a near impossible target to

Ground realities

Just saying so doesn’t fix the economy Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting of party stalwarts at his Bani Gala residence on Saturday to discuss the new commission on determining responsibility

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