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The real heatwave

PAKISTAN is in the grip of a heatwave. There has been no spring season to usher in the transition from winter, and a long summer now beckons. It scarcely matters…

Humbly before the CJ

ON the eve of being sworn in to the highest judicial office in Pakistan this week, Justice Umar Ata Bandial listed his two top priorities as the huge backlog of…

FATF – financial politics

"Money is the mother of all politics", Jesse. M. Unruh. A statement that has been debated but not disputed. This is visible in the classification of the world into the…

Coronavirus war – the mental battle

The mind hates uncertainty. The mind dislikes lack of clarity. Uncertainty and un- clarity create fear of the unknown. Fear creates anxiety and anxiety corrodes positivity, creativity and growth. The…

FBR: audit closure, capacity & legality

According to a Press report, the government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) “has quietly closed over 310,000 tax audit cases that had been automatically selected from 2015 to 2017 due to…

Purposefully but carefully

It’s gone. Defeated. Let’s go. Back to normal. These are the statements majority of the Pakistanis are expressing as the government announced the opening of nearly all sectors of society.…

Glorifiers of criminality

Human rights. Freedom of expression. Democracy. These are the cleverest labels for crafting false as true and vice versa. While the political elite are discussed and torn apart regularly, as…

FBR’s statistics: a critical analysis — II

The same position prevailed for tax year 2017. Out of total registered companies, only 42% (37,130) filed returns! If FBR cannot enforce section 114(1) of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001,…

The ‘Pawri’ diplomacy

The “almost” blasphemous has happened. An Indian music composer Yashraj Mukhate gave music to the Pakistani “Pawri girl” video. Banned, no. Arrested, no. Social boycott, no. Condemned, no. Maybe I…