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The Jaranwala tragedy

What happened in Jaranwala on August 16 is an example of all that is wrong with our extremist attitude towards the weak and vulnerable. The incident becomes even more tragic…

FY23: Uncovering drivers of economic performance

The National Account numbers for FY2023 have been published and, unfortunately, they paint a truly dismal picture of economic performance. Under the PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement) government, economic activity has…

Growing spectre of terror

The spectre of terror is nothing new to Pakistan, but its current resurgence is a matter of grave concern, particularly if one sees gaping loopholes in the policy being pursued…

Methane acceleration

In the year 2021 methane (CH4) concentration in the atmosphere exceeded 1,900 ppb for the first time in human history recorded by Global Monitoring Laboratory, Earth System Research Laboratories, National…

Oil prices and efficient buying

The government has increased petroleum prices by Rs30 per litre. The increase is uniform against all products. There was much talk about some subsidy mechanism for the poor (motorcycles and…

Industrial relations in Bangladesh RMG

This article discusses the labour situation in Bangladesh. At the outset, it is important to understand that there is a concerted global campaign to present a bleak picture of workers,…

Silencing the disappeared

THE news item was splashed across newspapers and websites because it took to task a man in the limelight — retired justice Javed Iqbal. As nearly everyone with even a…

Services’ & immovable property income taxation

The taxation of “services” mentioned in section 153(1)(b) of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 [“the Ordinance”] with effect from tax year 2020 is subjected to “minimum tax regime” in cases…

Patriotism unchallenged

Patriotism is an open concept to debate. It is determined by the standpoint of which side of the fence is acceptable to the environment one lives in. At best, any…

Beyond the Afghan crisis

Amidst all the uncertainties over the future of Afghanistan, recent developments can potentially provide an opportunity for an enhanced bilateral trade relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Both countries have a…