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Politics And The Pipeline

Politics and the pipeline

The ground-breaking ceremony for the Pakistan section of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline last Monday was an event of high symbolic importance. It was designed to seal Pakistan’s commitment to finally…

Stumbling Out Of The Gates

Stumbling out of the gates

What was the big deal about the caretakers anyway? It mattered certainly when there was still some uncertainty about the election itself. Would it be held on time or would…

Polls: The Broader View

Polls: the broader view

Elections are due in a couple of months and one of the questions being asked is whether they would be an exercise in futility. I think not, even though nothing…

FATF And AML Compliance Requirements

FATF and AML compliance requirements

1. Legal Measures: Criminalization of Offences, Investigations and Prosecutions: FATF recommendations require Criminalization of money laundering through domestic legislation.1 The recommendations also provide to specify the scope of liability in…

The General’s Dream

The general’s dream

In an informal meeting with a group of senior journalists, Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani insisted, “The army does not have any intention of derailing the…

A Colourful Medley

A colourful medley

Those dreading chaos and confusion in the wake of Pakistan`s upcoming elections should take heart: Italy is vivid proof that going to the polls can be a messy exercise, prompting…

Hope On The Wane

Hope on the wane

Tragic as the recent loss of soldiers on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) is, the other significant casualty has been plummeting public confidence in the ability of…

The Fundamentalist Mind

The fundamentalist mind

Fundamentalism is a controversial term, ascribed first to 19thcentury American Protestant groups which preached strict adherence to basic biblical tenets. It is now applied loosely to all groups exhibiting broadly…

No Guilt Or Shame

No guilt or shame

High and rising debt constitutes a serious threat to economic prosperity for a number of reasons. It acts as a major impediment to growth and hence to employment creation and…

Whatever Happens At The Border

Whatever happens at the border

One step forward, two steps back. That appears to be the norm of the dysfunctional India-Pakistan relationship. You make a little progress, inch by painful inch, dragging yourself up the…