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After relaxations in the lockdown

Government’s cynical view of human life Epidemics cannot be overcome through subjective notions but only through scientific methods. What is more, they require an early recognition of the immensity of the danger

Another wheat crisis?

Consumers suffer the most Flour mill owners of Punjab, KP and Balochistan decided to go on a complete strike yesterday due to procurement restrictions being created by their respective provincial governments. That

Here to stay

The government’s measures for the long haul are lacking That Prime Minister Imran Khan has told the nation that the coronavirus is here for the long haul is not so much a

Bail for a child pornographer

Appeal to be reheard It was perhaps fitting that a child pornographer’s bail was withheld on a technicality, after initially being granted by the Lahore High Court, and a rehearing ordered. However,

NFC objections

Earlier consultations with stakeholders could have helped That the National Finance Commission has been constituted has been overdue, but it has run into objections from the very outset, with Sindh Chief Minister

Another rate cut

Amid a bleak economic outlook Since the coronavirus took a foothold in the country, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has cut the benchmark interest rate four times with the latest 100

Another rate cut

Amid a bleak economic outlook Since the coronavirus took a foothold in the country, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has cut the benchmark interest rate four times with the latest 100

Lockdown lapses

And two CMs don’t attend a meeting The government has decided to go for a stricter lockdown in areas where outbreaks of the coronavirus are reported, after the first day of the

PTI and taxation

What’s the ‘vision’? Economic Adviser Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, while chairing a formal meeting on budget exercise for the upcoming fiscal year, addressing a team from the FBR, stated that the proposals

NAB at it again

Need to revisit and amend the law Despite an out-of-control chaotic situation caused by the covid-19 pandemic that is gaining steam with each passing day, the government continues to invest its time

Nowhere in sight

Not just recent attacks, but reticence about responsibility, bode ill The signing of a peace deal between the USA and the Taliban should have moved Afghanistan, which has been in conflict ever

NFC constitutued

TORs contain potentially explosive new content That the government has notified the 10th National Finance Commission is no surprise, as an Award is urgently needed, with the current Award, which had been

Discontent with online content

Pakistan and social media Earlier this year the PTI government had attempted to get a handle on social media after successfully ‘taming’ conventional media. The ill-conceived policy aimed at ‘regulating social media’

Business as usual

Parliamentary session achieved nothing A special session of the National Assembly to exclusively discuss the Covid-19 situation was held on Monday after weeks of debate over how to go about it in

Indian medicines

Importing raw material critical in the fight against covid-19 The Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association has warned that any ban on import of raw material from India at this point would not only

Where angels fear to tread

Is the lockdown being ended too soon? The lockdown is being eased at a time when the number of infections as well as deaths due to covid-19 is increasing, rather than decreasing.

Hedging oil

A good decision at the right time As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, claiming lives and inflicting serious damage to an already struggling economy, there are certain silver linings that if identified

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