Sensible decisions

Pak-Afghan trade, US-Taliban talks and no jihad export It was a sensible step to open 24/7 trade services across the Torkham border.  A number of factors have reduced trade with Afghanistan from

Child murders in Chunian

The police shows how unreformed it is The murder of three little boys after they were criminally assaulted, and their bodies being found only after, and by passers-by, traumatised the people of

Kashmir cause and the PTI government

Self-determination should be cornerstone of policy At long last Prime Minister Imran Khan is undertaking two foreign tours to garner international support for the Kashmir cause. After several phone calls to Saudi

Media tribunals

An attempt to gain control Perhaps the most suspicious thing about the Federal Cabinet’s approval of a draft bill setting up media tribunals in its meeting on Tuesday is that it has

Naya dress code

Reversing a wrong decision is not enough An order issued by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government making it mandatory for all school-going girls in government run secondary and higher secondary educational institutions

Ghotki held hostage

Influence giving way to unchecked violence A Hindu school owner was accused by one of his students of committing blasphemy in Ghotki, Sindh resulting in a complete shut down as a violent

Staying off the blacklist

Just Indian machinations? Prime Minister Imran Khan has apparently absolved Pakistan of ever having done anything to avoid the wrath of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) by saying that it was

End of ‘A’ class

The government goes after the opposition A proposed end to ‘A’ class jails was unveiled with much fanfare, with the combined weight of the PM’s Information and Broadcasting Adviser Dr Firdous Ashiq

Botching it in Punjab

Has PTI no competent leader to manage the province? On Friday, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar accepted the resignation of his spokesperson Shehbaz Gill. Several explanations were subsequently hazarded for the official being

Uninterested in CPEC

Can the government make good on its commitments? After about a gap of 10 months the 58th Progress Review Meeting between Pakistan and China for CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) was held, the

Sitting on refunds

The autodealers’ demands show industry collapsing That the government has long used delays in paying industry tax refunds to artificially (and deceptively) beef up tax collection figures was acknowledged by the International