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Signposts to 2021

A year that begins with a huddle of the leaders of opposition parties to redesign their strategy at a critical moment in their campaign to overthrow the government of Prime…

A Signpost To The Old Ways?

A signpost to the old ways?

At a recent press conference in Islamabad, Maulvi Abdul Aziz announced ‘forgiveness’ for Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf during whose regime the 2007 Lal Masjid Operation was conducted. Aziz said he…

Real time access to info and data base

The nature of documentation of Pakistan’s economic environment can be classified into three broad segments as under: 1. Transactions undertaken by the documented sector which are also reflected in ‘tax…

FATF: upcoming challenges

The first meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) after Pakistan’s exit from the list of jurisdictions under increased monitoring (commonly known as the Grey List) was held from…

Zelensky in Europe

Volodymyr Zelensky’s ‘surprise’ visit to three European capitals – London, Paris and Brussels – has been an immensely successful trip despite the fact that he could not get any clear-cut…

The rise of tech unicorns

The high potential of the tech industry has led to the growth of ‘tech unicorns’ which are companies that have been valued at more than $1 billion by investors. Their…

Terrorism financing in Pakistan

Terrorism is a contested term -- difficult to define, and a cause of contention in academics and policymaking for years. There is no universal definition of terrorism. According to the…

Killing fields

Authoritarianism breeds violence, and revels in its use as a weapon of fear, division, and terror. The Republican Party in its white supremacy incarnation now holds firm to an absolutist…

How the world has changed — I

The world’s geopolitical equation has suddenly encountered a black swan event with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The human tragedy is devastating. Global economic, political and social impact is yet…

National security wordplay

A reinvented wheel with spokes of jargon, cliche, and complacency was presented last month as the National Security Policy (NSP), a more comprehensive version of the Internal Security Policy instituted…