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06-08 January 2024, Tuesday | Vol 5, No.5

ECP assures the Supreme Court of a level playing field for the forthcoming polls



Pakistan to face Economic Challenges in 2024: UN Report; PTI candidates cleared to contest polls

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PAKISTAN ELECTIONS 2024
PR Exclusive Update #42

ECP assures the Supreme Court of a level playing field for the forthcoming polls
On 8 January, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) informed the Supreme Court (SC) that it had accepted 75 per cent of the nomination papers submitted by the PTI election candidates for the 8 February elections. Earlier, the PTI petitioned to seek contempt of the court ruling against ECP for the violation of the 22 December 2023 apex court order. Through this, the SC had advised ECP to hear the grievances put forth by the PTI about its lack of a level playing field in the forthcoming elections. Meanwhile, PTI accused ECP of rejecting 90 per cent of the nomination papers during the scrutiny process. According to the ECP, it had held a meeting with the PTI and apprised the party that a level playing field would be rendered to all election candidates. ECP stated, “The commission has also issued instructions to the chief commissioner, Islamabad, and all the four provincial chief secretaries, inspector(s) general of police, and all the four provincial election commissioners. In turn, the provincial election commissioners have issued the instructions to the DROs and Ros.” (“Watchdog assures SC of fair play ahead of polls,” Dawn, 8 January 2024)

PR Exclusive Update #41
Lone senator introduces resolution to postpone elections
On 5 January, a sparse meeting of the upper chamber passed a resolution, although a non-binding one, to postpone the general elections scheduled for 8 February due to weather-related and security-related issues. Senator Dilawar Khan, an independent, introduced the widely criticized motion, which was not initially slated for consideration. The majority of the senators supporting the resolution were those from the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP). Nonetheless, it seemed to have the unspoken backing of certain other parties as well, and the lack of legislators from major political parties caused some concerns. The PML-N Senator Afnanullah Khan was the only member of the house to oppose the resolution, however, he did not raise the issue of incomplete quorum to stop the resolution from being passed when only 14 members were present. Afnanullah said, “Will you delay elections on the pretext of weather and security?” he asked. “Why didn’t you say these things in 2008 and 2013? I want to keep this on record that general elections were held twice in February.” Meanwhile, Senator Dilawar underlined the need for the Election Commission of Pakistan to guarantee inclusive and equitable elections, as well as the right to vote guaranteed by the constitution. He expressed concerns about poor voter turnout in colder areas in January and February, especially in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He also listed other reasons for the postponement, including attacks on security personnel and threats to politicians’ safety. He stated that the senate “is obligated to ensure the constitutional guarantees and to alleviate fears of the smaller provinces, especially vulnerable geographical territories.”(Iftikhar A. Khan, “Lone wolf’ Senate move to delay polls raises hackles,” Dawn, 6 January 2024)
 
Disruption of services occurred as PTI tried to launch its manifesto via telethon
On 8 January, Dawn reported that the internet was disrupted when Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) tried to launch its 2024 general election manifesto and raise funds through a telethon. The disruption of services was reflected in all the social media platforms. On 7 December 2023, the PTI faced a similar circumstance when it hosted an online event where it planned for a virtual power show. However, the websites did not allow the users to join. The internet tracking agency Netblocks tweeted, “Live metrics show a nation-scale disruption to social media platforms across Pakistan, including X/Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.” After the block out of the social media platforms, the representatives of the PTI insisted the users use a VPN which cost PKR 1,999 per month to sign up. On the same day, Netblocks Director Alp Toker told AFP, “Such nation-scale social media targeting political activities is almost unprecedented at this scale — Venezuela is one other country that has used similar measures to limit opposition speeches and rallies.” (Ikram Junaidi, “Internet outages hit PTI’s bid to launch manifesto,” Dawn, 8 January 2024)
 
2024: The year of elections in South Asia
On 8 January, Dr Hassan Daud Butt in an opinion in The News International titled “A year of elections,” emphasized the importance of various elections in South Asia in 2024, which will involve 64 nations as well as the European Union. Even though over half of the world’s population participates in democracy, there are still obstacles to overcome in the form of “geopolitical conflicts and economic challenges.” The youth, which forms 65 per cent of Pakistan’s population, thinks that “potential economic and political impact” will be more significant this year, compared to previous elections. Butt says that they desire a government which pursues “high-priority mega-infrastructure and social-sector projects” from which all citizens stand to gain. The article further prioritizes investor-friendly initiatives, strong governance, and the eradication of poverty, and argues for an industrial emergency. Addressing economic issues, encouraging innovation, and eliminating social disparities are critical, says Butt, along with citizens with the desire to actively influence their country’s future by demanding transparency, accountability, and long-term goals. (Dr Hassan Daud Butt, “A year of elections,” The News International, 8 January 2024)

An editorial in The Express Tribune criticizes attempt to postpone elections
On 6 January, The Express Tribune published an editorial titled “Irrational resolution,” which centered around the “muted, faceless and mysterious move in the upper house” calling for the postponement of elections. The editorial described the reasons given for the call for a postponement, including “inclement weather” and a “deteriorating law and order situation,” as “devoid of logic.” It also highlighted how it was surprising to see that “just 14 senators from a house of 100” could table the resolution without eliciting a response from the chair. Notably, the caretaker information minister and a senator from the PML-N distanced themselves from the attempt. The editorial argued that their response, while somewhat “consoling,” fell short, and more vocal condemnation of the attempt to delay the polls under “flimsy pretexts” was needed. The move was seen as a” popularity gimmick” by certain senators, raising concerns about its impact on national cohesion. (“Irrational resolution,” The Express Tribune, 6 January 2024)
 
PML-N strategically courts PTI dissidents ahead of elections
On 6 January, The News International reported that in a strategic move, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is reportedly set to award election tickets to dissidents from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), led by Raja Riaz. Riaz, who played a crucial role in facilitating the formation of the Shehbaz Sharif-led government, joining PML-N after the political shift. The decision signals PML-N’s efforts to consolidate its position and gather support ahead of the upcoming general elections on 8 February. (Umar Cheema, “PMLN likely to give tickets to all PTI dissidents of no-trust move,” The News International, 6 January 2024)

Parties unified against the delay of polls resolution
On 5 January, leaders and parties from all political stripes harshly criticized the non-binding resolution passed by the Senate which calls for a postponement of the polls scheduled for 8 February. PTI’s Barrister Gohar Khan demanded the Supreme Court to act against the resolution. He said: “A resolution of 14 senators based on their personal opinions, has no legal or binding force in the constitutional process of holding general elections.” Separately, after the Senate resolution was passed and PPP’s lone party senator in the house did not oppose it, the party distanced itself from the senator’s position and promised to ask him for an explanation. The PML-N, which claimed to be preparing for the elections, also unequivocally stated that it does not want the polls scheduled for 8 February to be postponed. The chairman of Jamaat-i-Islami, Sirajul Haq, stated that the people's fundamental right to choose their representatives in open elections could not be taken away. He stated, “Postponing elections due to unrest in Balochistan and Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa will be tanta­mo­unt to surrendering arms to those spreading unrest.” Meanwhile, Caretaker Minister for Information Murtaza Solangi stated that neither the federal cabinet nor the prime minister had given any orders for the postponement. (“All sides united in their opposition to poll delay,” Dawn, 6 January 2024)
 
PTI candidates cleared to contest polls
On 5 January, according to Dawn, numerous PTI candidates, most notably Shah Mehmood Qureshi, were given the go-ahead signal to participate in the polls on 8 February by many election tribunals (ET) which was a huge relief for the beleaguered party. The rulings made by returning officers (RO) against Mr. Qureshi (NA-214, Tharparkar), the party’s president for Sindh, Haleem Adil Sheikh (NA-238, Karachi East-IV), and two other candidates were overturned by the appellate tribunal in Karachi. The panel led by Judge Adnan-ul-Karim Memon also granted the appeal of Arsalan Khalid (NA-248, Karachi Central-II), another candidate. The reason for rejecting Qureshi's and his son Zain Qureshi's nomination papers was that they failed to file certificates about agricultural income tax. In addition, the RO’s order claimed that Qureshi was also purportedly an NTS defaulter and that his authorization letter's signature could not be independently confirmed. Similarly, the nomination papers of a few PTI election candidates from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rawalpindi, Punjab and Balochistan were also accepted by the Ro’s. (Ishaq Tanoli, Waseem Ahmad Shah and Malik Asad, “Big relief for PTI as scores cleared to contest polls,” Dawn, 6 January 2024)
 
Supreme Court reserves judgment on the lifetime disqualification case
On 5 January, the Supreme Court reserved its judgment on a set of petitions on the contentious issue of legislator’s lifetime disqualificationChief Justice Qazi Faez Isa said, “We will try to come up with a shorter order as soon as possible. Probably not today but it will be very soon, God willing.” Pakistan's attorney general, Mansoor Usman Awan contended that the parliament did not anticipate the Supreme Court's interpretation in the 2018 Samiullah Baloch case and that it was an overreach (see Article 62(1f). Given the impending elections, he proposed leaving the decision to the parliament. He cited a unanimous ruling by saying that in the 2015 Ishaq Khakwani case, the seven-judge Supreme Court bench left the question of disqualification open. Similarly, in the 2018 Samiullah Baloch case, the question of the phrase “declaration by the court of law”, which will result in the disqualification of lawmakers, remained open. In defense of Jehangir Khan Tareen, senior attorney Makhdoom Ali Khan contended that the Samiullah Baloch case should be overturned because it caused a discrepancy between Articles 62 and 63. Mr. Khan stated that he was unable to locate a single case from any common law jurisdiction in which a citizen was permanently deprived of the protection of a basic right protected by the Constitution due to civil responsibility and a civil court order. CJP Isa said there must be some reason behind lifetime disqualification. He added that a person was allowed to contest elections meanwhile others were disqualified for some flaw in the nomination papers. (Nasir Iqbal, “Verdict on ‘enigmatic’ disqualification clause soon,” Dawn, 6 January 2024)
 
Zardari welcomes new members of the party
On 5 January, leaders of some other parties joined the PPP after meeting with former president Asif Ali Zardari at Peoples House in Multan, marking a momentous political move. Under the PPP’s banner, they pledged to work for the welfare of the populace and the nation’s progress, expressing their faith in Mr. Zardari and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari's leadership. Greeting the newcomers, Mr. Zardari stated that the PPP was the only party in Pakistan that embodied the hopes and dreams of its citizens. Claiming that the PPP would emerge as the largest party in the upcoming general elections and enter government, he said the party would continue to fight for the restoration of democracy, the primacy of the Constitution, and the rights of the provinces. (Amjad Mahmood and Imran Gabol, “Zardari coaxes several more into PPP fold,” Dawn, 6 January 2024)

ECONOMY
Pakistan to face Economic Challenges in 2024: UN Report
On 6 January, Dawn reported that according to the UN’s World Economic Situation and Prospects report, Pakistan’s GDP is expected to grow by 2 per cent in 2024, and then rise to 2.4 per cent in 2025. Despite this, concerns loom as South Asian nations such as India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are classified as lower-middle-income, with food security issues lingering in 2023. Pakistan’s inflation rate is alarmingly high at 39.18 per cent which has led to a record-high policy rate of 22 per cent. The value of the currency fell by 20 per cent, and the country's significant national debt—which amounts to 36.5 per cent of GDP—is still present. In 2022, the government's debt-to-GDP ratio reached 89 per cent, indicating financial difficulties. The article presents a complicated economic picture of Pakistan, emphasizing high levels of state debt, inflation, and currency devaluation. (Anwar Iqbal, “Pakistan’s economy to reel under global challenges in 2024, says UN report,” Dawn, 6 January 2024)

JUDICIARY
Pakistan deals with a delay in justice being served
On 8 January, an editorial in The Express Tribune titled “Overburdened courts” stated that due to “impediments created by the legal bureaucracy,” a backlog of cases, and inefficiency in lower courts, speedy resolution in Pakistan is still elusive. The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Qazi Faez Isa, called for the strengthening of the subordinate judiciary and denounced the practice of taking every case to the Supreme Court. There is also a loss in public confidence caused by over 100,000 pending cases and “corrupt practices of fleecing the applicant and influence of the mighty.”The editorial explained that top courts are overburdened with political cases, which avoid parliamentary and executive resolution processes. It also mentions that “empowering the parliament and making it a responsive unit for public concerns” could help lessen the pressure that the judiciary is under. (“Overburdened courts,” The Express Tribune, 8 January 2024)
 
PROVINCES
Balochistan: Families of missing Baloch people conclude five-day sit-in outside UK PM’s office
On 7 January, a five-day sit-in by rights activists and family members of Baloch businessman Mir Taj Mohammad Sarparah, who has been missing since July 19, 2020, came to an end outside the UK prime minister’s office in London.Sarparah’s wife, Salia Marri, had already made an appeal for the release of all missing Baloch people, while his daughter pushed the UN and UK governments to “investigate this matter and to take action against the perpetrators.”Baloch rebels and dissident leaders joined the sit-in. Writer and analyst Ayesha Siddiqa, who also joined, condemned the “state terrorism,” saying that the disappearances are a “political issue being dealt with through cruelty and force.” (Atika Rehman, “Families of Baloch ‘missing persons’ hold sit-in in UK,” Dawn, 8 January 2024)
 
Balochistan: BYC supporters conduct sit-in protest on Sariab road
On 8 January, Dawn reported that the supporters of the Baloch Yakjehti Committee (BYC) carried out a sit-in protest that encompasses political activists, students, and human rights activists. The protestors had banners and placards that had written demanding an end to enforced disappearances, placards and banners inscribed with demands including an end to enforced disappearances, recovery of all missing persons, and extrajudicial killing of political activists and students. The supporters conducted the protest in front of the Balochistan University area of Sariab Road. (Saleem Shahid, “Baloch Yakjehti Committee supporters protest in Quetta,” Dawn, 8 January 2024)
 
Punjab: 2024 anti- polio drive launched
On 8 January, the first National Immunisation Days of 2024 began in Punjab, with over 200,000 workers seeking to vaccinate 22.50 million children under five. Since October 2020, there have been no documented instances of polio in Punjab; nonetheless, Punjab Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Coordinator Khizer Afzaal encouraged sustained surveillance, attributing previous viral importation to population migration. He said that it was important to “start the year with a strong campaign and continue momentum against the virus” to ensure community immunity.He also urged parents to “welcome polio teams,” adding that 2024 served the aim of interrupting the “transmission of poliovirus from the country.” (“Anti-polio drive in Punjab begins today,” The News International, 8 January 2024)
 
INDIA VIEW
Selective outrage as the US excludes India from the religious freedom concern list 
On 8 January, an editorial in Dawn titled “Selective outrage” criticised the US for omitting India from its list of countries ‘of particular concern’ for religious freedom, citing “geopolitics” as a factor. India was recommended for inclusion by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, alleging “egregious religious freedom violations.” According to the article, minorities in India—Muslims and Christians in particular—face violence and hatred from the government, especially during the BJP’s tenure in office. Despite these reservations, the editorial casts doubt on the State Department’s commitment to religious freedom by pointing to India’s strategic importance in the US struggle with China. Further, it demands congressional hearings on the subject. (“Selective outrage,” Dawn, 8 January 2024)

PoK leaders urge UN intervention on Self-Determination Day
On 5 January, on the occasion of Self-Determination Day, the President of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, called on the United Nations (UN) to actively engage in resolving the longstanding Kashmir issue according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people. Emphasizing the inalienable right of self-determination for the Kashmiris, Chaudhry criticized India for its “reign of terror in the region,” warning that it “cannot hold Kashmiris hostage for long by the dint of force.” Chaudhry urged the international community to address human rights violations in PoK. Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar also reiterated Pakistan's commitment to supporting the Kashmiri people’s struggle for their rights, stressing the need for UN intervention. Kakar reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering support for the Kashmiri people’s just struggle, pledging full political, diplomatic, and moral assistance. He expressed hope “that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute will be decided through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices.” Kakar also urged Pakistani diplomats to identify new “opportunities for the economic welfare of the country at international level.” (Syed Abbas Gardezi, “IIOJ&K Self-Determination Day: AJK President Barrister Sultan seeks UN action on Kashmir,” The News International, 6 January 2024; Syed Irfan Raza, “PM Kakar holds UN responsible for Kashmir solution,” Dawn, 6 January 2024)

WORLD VIEW
Complications arising from the war in Gaza and the historical role of Israel in Hamas
On 8 January, Shahid Javed Burki in an editorial in The Express Tribune titled “A divided Muslim world,” highlighted how complications with Israel’s war in Gaza have recently led to questions of the possibility of Islamic-majority countries being “pulled into the conflict.” This is considering the media coverage of the “overall suffering” caused by Israel’s attacks, which is being viewed in the “Muslim world.” The editorial also raised concerns about the ongoing Israeli assault in the Gaza Strip and questioned whether countries with significant Muslim populations, such as Pakistan, might be drawn into the conflict. It emphasized the lack of unity among Muslim-majority countries in responding to Israel’s actions and speculated on the potential widening of the conflict. The editorial also explored Israel’s historical involvement in shaping the political landscape in the Palestinian territories, particularly its role in the emergence of Hamas as a counterforce to the secular Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Burki highlighted that Israel, at one point, allowed the growth of Hamas as an “Islamist counterweight to the more mainstream and secular PLO.” This strategy aimed to diminish the power of the PLO, which was then led by Yasser Arafat. Burki also hinted at the possibility of exploring Pakistan’s role in the Middle East as the situation unfolds in the region. (Shahid Javed Burki, “A divided Muslim world,” The Express Tribune, 8 January 2024)

ISIS claims responsibility for Kerman bombings: A warning for regional stability
On 6 January, an editorial in Dawn titled “IS threat” highlighted how the 3 January bombings in Kerman, claimed by the Islamic State group, signalled a potential resurgence of the terrorist organization. The attack targeted the memorial of General Qassem Soleimani, resulting in nearly 90 casualties. As per the editorial, the Islamic State has previously been linked to violent incidents in Iran, and its resurgence could pose a significant threat to stability in the Middle East. Thus, the editorial points out concerns that the group might exploit the region’s geopolitical volatility to advance its objectives. Observers noted that ISIS and Israel share common adversaries, with Iran being a primary target for both. The editorial stated that it is crucial for Muslim states to remain “vigilant, and prevent the resurgence of IS in the Middle East and neighboring regions.” Additionally, monitoring potential Israeli activities that could contribute to regional instability was emphasized. (“IS threat,” Dawn, 6 January 2024)
 
A framework for reconciliation in Israel-Palestine
On 6 January, Tariq Suleman in an opinion in Dawn titled “Zionism’s ideological shifts” delved into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, scrutinizing Israel’s response to recent events through the lens of early Zionist thought. He highlighted the diverse ideologies within Zionism, focusing on the perspectives of Ahad Ha'am and Ze'ev Jabotinsky. Ahad Ha'am's vision, articulated in his 1891 essay, emphasized ethical Zionism, coexistence, and cultural revival over political control. On the other hand, Jabotinsky, a proponent of Revisionist Zionism, advocated for a militant approach, acknowledging Arab resistance and proposing an “iron wall” of Jewish military strength. This approach, rooted in a realist understanding of Arab opposition, influenced Israeli policies and left room for future negotiations only from a position of Jewish dominance. Understanding these historical influences is crucial for comprehending the complexities of the ongoing conflict. The article contended that Israel might be exploiting recent events as a pretext to further its long-held objective of sparsely populating Palestinian territories, a notion deeply embedded in historical Zionist discourse. Suleman called for a significant policy shift, urging Israel to recognize the necessity of Palestinian acceptance and coexistence for long-term stability. He encouraged acknowledging historical parallels between Zionist paramilitary groups and Hamas, fostering a reconciliatory approach to break the cycles of violence and pave the way for lasting peace. (Tariq Suleman, “Zionism’s ideological shifts,” Dawn, 6 January 2024)
 
Political challenges surrounding Ram Temple consecration
On 6 January, The News International reported on the upcoming 22 January Ram Mandir consecration at the site of the old Babri Masjid. With 7,000 guests, including 3,000 VVIPs invited, the BJP's engagement is considered as politically driven. The Congress party is in a difficult situation because the mosque was destroyed when Narasimha Rao was prime minister. Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal has declined to go, citing the temple template’s political currency despite some opposition politicians considering it. The report emphasized how locations and power dynamics are constantly shifting and makes comparisons to instances throughout the world. The report also highlighted the value of coexistence and tolerance in his conclusion. (Shahzad Sharjeel, “Temple template,” The News International, 6 January 2024)

Sudan faces continued atrocities in nine-month conflict
On 6 January, in an editorial The News International drew attention to the continuing nine-month battle in Sudan between the army and its once ally paramilitary group RSF, which is now fighting for control. Mass atrocities against people have emerged from the war, breaking earlier promises to safeguard them. Updated numbers are anticipated to be greater than the 10,000 deaths and 12,000 injuries that have been reported as of October 2023. As cries for a truce go unanswered, the crisis has resulted in massive displacement, famine, and resource depletion. It is said that those who want to exploit Sudan’s resources are the ones who are manufacturing the upheaval. The editorial further emphasizes the necessity for an end to the violence and foreign involvement while drawing attention to the exploitation of wealthy nations for their own growth aims. (“Sudan crisis,” The News International, 6 January 2024)

AI wars escalate
On 6 January, Journalist Farrukh K. Pitafi, writing for The Express Tribune emphasized the state of artificial intelligence globally while highlighting the lost prospects for a nation plagued by internal divisions. He talked about how the firing of the OpenAI CEO led to a staff uprising and Microsoft’s subsequent intervention. The New York Times filed a complaint against Microsoft and OpenAI, claiming that the latter had improperly used its confidential content for GPT-4 training, as the report also disclosed. The case highlights the beginning of AI wars, which are similar to mercantilist-colonial conflicts and pose an existential threat to Chat GPT. Pitafi warned of the danger of turning into a data harvester’s colony while calling attention to advancements in AI worldwide. (Farrukh Khan Pitafi, “AI wars begin,” The Express Tribune, 6 January 2024)

EXTERNAL
JUI-F president arrives in Kabul to better Pak-Afghan relations
On 7 January, the President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) (JUI-F), Maulana Fazlur Rehman, arrived in Kabul with a nine-member delegation to hold talks with senior Afghan Taliban leaders on matters of regional security. The meetings are set to begin on 8 January, during which Rehman is expected to discuss regional and security issues, bring up Pakistan’s security concerns with the Afghan Taliban, and understand Afghani grievances in an attempt to resolve issues between the two. Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have recently soured over a rise in terrorist attacks in the latter, and the deportation of illegal Afghans from Pakistan. (Ismail Khan, “In Kabul, Fazl confident of a breakthrough,” Dawn, 8 January 2024)
 
CHINA
An alphabetical conceptualization of CPEC
On 8 January, Dr Khalid Waleed wrote an opinion in The News International titled “Equitable and green CPEC,” in which he described the “transformative”China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a “catalyst for a fundamental shift in the region’s economic dynamics.” Waleed referred to Rostow’s model of economic growth to describe how Pakistan advanced towards a “takeoff stage” using the combination of capital and resources provided by China. However, he emphasized that only through blending “economic growth and holistic development,” along with making socio-cultural and environmental considerations, can this growth be sustainable. Waleed used the alphabets from A to I to “encapsulate the essence” of CPEC. ‘A’ represents “a lot of people talking to a lot of people” to help build a cultural partnership based on “mutual respect.” ‘B’ stands for the “bankability” of investment projects, which translates financial ventures to a long-term commitment towards “sustainable and profitable development.” He then shifts to ‘C,’ which centres around “climate-smart policies” that ensure that economic growth is not at the cost of the planet. ‘D,’ which stands for “diplomacy and development,” notes that sustainability is a “guiding principle” when engagements are undertaken. ‘E’ focuses on the “efficiency of economy, energy, and environment,” and is critical to be able to take on and solve crises in an interconnected manner. ‘F’ looks at aligning the path of “financial governance” with a global shift toward sustainable development. ‘G’ refers to the “greening of CPEC,” and helps reimagine development in sync with the environment. ‘H’is about “human development” through communities and acknowledging that development is a tool to improve people’s lives. Lastly, ‘I’ stands for “integration” and fostering a collaborative spirit that envisions an “economically integrated and environmentally conscious” region. The points that each of these alphabets make are, according to Waleed, essential for Pakistan to make full use of CPEC and make sure that its benefits are long-lasting. (Dr Khalid Waleed, “Equitable and green CPEC,” The News International, 8 January 2024)
 
SECURITY
Attack kills four and injures three in KP district
On 7 January, local police confirmed that an armed attack on a passenger van killed four people and injured three in the Kurram district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Out of the four, two were security personnel and one was a woman. The Kurram District Police Officer said that the gunmen targeted the van and another car using automated weapons, adding that efforts were being taken to find them. A former MNA from the Kurram constituency said that attacks were taking place “despite the presence of the Levies and Khasadar force deployed on the route.” (Javed Hussain, “Four killed in Kurram passenger van attack,” Dawn, 8 January 2024)
 
Navy increases presence in the Arabian Sea following maritime security incidents
On 7 January, the Pakistani Navy stated that it had deployed ships in the Arabian Sea after an Indian Navy warship intercepted a hijacked vessel near Somalia. The Navy said it was “ensuring [a] permanent presence in the Arabian Sea to keep our and international sea lines of communications under intense surveillance.” There were two to three patrolling ships, along with “extensive air surveillance” that would “ensure the safety of international sea lines of communications” passing through Pakistan’s maritime area. Experts have explained that the rise in hijacking attempts in the Arabian Sea have increased with US-led anti-piracy naval forces being redirected toward the Red Sea, where there have been attacks by the Yemeni Houthi forces. (“Pakistan steps up surveillance in Arabian Sea,” Dawn, 8 January 2024)
 

 

Pakistan on Twitter

“Pakistan cannot afford further internet shutdown, it causes damage to Pakistanis only!”
- PTI

“There are some rumors that economic emergency will be imposed in the country instead of elections. In my opinion, this would be an admission that the PDM government and the caretaker cabinet in the last two and a half years have destroyed the economy to such an extent that things are not normal and will reinforce Imran Khan's narrative that with a good economy. Played.”
-Imran Khan

“Elections in Pakistan have almost always been manipulated but seldom on the scale as in 2024. Those scared of genuine people's rule have come out into the open to disintegrate entire political edifice. The resultant deluge will be uncontrollable.”
- Farhatullah Babar

“Caretaker stooge information Minister proving TheEconomist was right to give ImranKhan PTI a voice to highlight the election farce in Pakistan. Remember, The Economist has been a vociferous critic of Imran Khan in general.”
- Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra

“Dr Sahiba, In my view no solution will work except, holding a FREE, FAIR, TRANSPARENT Election and handing over power to whoever wins. Killing people has never worked and will not work. KP is almost at the stage where East Pakistan was, when 1970 election results were denied. KP people are hard, resilient and brave. Half of the Army is from KPK. So if KP and Taliban join hands, Punjab and others are doomed and they are cowards, unable to fight, but ALWAYS ready to Surrender.”
- SHAHEEN SEHBAI

“PMLN has done it in the past and is ready to do it again, We will change Pakistan again.”
-Umer Alvi
 

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Dr Hassan Daud Butt, ‘A year of elections
The News International, 8 January 2024
“The year 2024 has started with the world gearing up for elections. Approximately two-and-a-half billion people in South Asia, including those in Pakistan, are preparing for elections. Globally people in at least 64 countries, as well as the European Union, will be casting votes, which all together represent almost half of the global population. This staggering statistic underscores the pivotal role the democratic process plays in shaping the destiny of nations. Almost one in three people globally will be using their right to vote at a time when geopolitical conflicts and economic challenges are impacting voters’ mood and election outcomes in key economies. This adds another layer of uncertainty to the already precarious landscape of 2024.To navigate these complex economic challenges, it is essential to remain vigilant about how in 2024 they may affect the global community with a bleak economic outlook with significant implications for democratic processes. While elections serve as a cornerstone of democratic societies providing citizens with an invaluable opportunity to shape the course of the future, young people hold a particular significance in this electoral process, representing a chance to actively engage in decision-making, voice their concerns, and contribute to the creation of tomorrow that aligns with their aspirations.”

Zafar Masud, ‘Victims of our own narrative’
Dawn, 6 January 2024
“Shiller, a Yale-based behavioural economist, argues that markets are shaped by ‘animal spirits’; individual actors have irrational tendencies, which can be amplified by the collective mood of the market. This sometimes results in irrational and suboptimal outcomes, such as speculative asset bubbles. Dr Bogan, a Cornell economist, aptly encapsulates it: “Markets are not perfectly efficient because it’s a collection of people, and they have flaws, biases, imperfections. And so markets aren’t perfectly efficient either”.Even in a ‘relatively’ perfect environment, markets tend to be imperfect. The 1997 Asian currency crises, the 2008 banking crisis in the US, and most recently in Europe, are typical cases in point where governments had to intervene to save falling ‘free-market players’ in the ‘larger public interest’. The fact is that it’s the interest of people which is at the heart of any policymaking. While markets should be free to operate with minimal regulations, regulators must have enough in their arsenals to ensure that there’s no exploitation of consumers, and there should be perfect competition and a level playing field. In Pakistan’s case, markets and economic freedom are challenged and at the same time regulators’ independence and capacity are hampered. In the Heritage Foundation’s Economic Freedom Index, Pakistan ranks 152nd out of 180 countries. This indicates a heavily regulated economy.”
 
Tariq Suleman, ‘Zionism’s ideological shifts’
Dawn, 6 January 2024
“THE overwhelming Israeli response to the actions of Hamas on October 7 has sparked a global outcry, critical of the disproportionality of these measures. This response, while reflective of a widespread humanitarian concern, warrants a deeper examination within the historical and ideological frameworks of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, particularly through the lens of early Zionist thought. This approach not only sheds light on the current situation but also provides an opportunity to re-examine the underlying factors that continue to shape this conflict.Within this context, recent discussions suggest that Israel might be using these events as a pretext to further its long-held objective of a sparsely populated Palestinian territory. Importantly, the desire for a largely uninhabited Palestine has been a subject of debate within various Zionist ideologies. The Gaza conflict necessitates an understanding of Zionism’s ideological and strategic shifts. Key Zionist figures like Ahad Ha’am, advocating cultural Zionism and coexistence, and Ze’ev Jabotinsky, championing strong military defence, provide crucial context. These diverse viewpoints illuminate the strategies and policies of Israel’s contemporary governance, especially under Net­anyahu’s government, which pursues a strategy of “total victory” against Hamas, reflecting aspects of Zionism’s early principles. Understanding these historical influences is vital for comprehending the complexities of the ongoing conflict.”
 
Syed Asad Ali Shah, ‘We need leaders of the future’
The News International, 6 January 2024
“With just four weeks until the ballot box decides who will be in the saddle for the next five years, Pakistan stands at a precipice, choked by a suffocating polycrisis. A crippling mountain of external debt with nearly $100 billion payable in the next four years that the country has no means to generate, a fractured and ineffective governance framework and a political stalemate paint a bleak picture. Currently under an emergency nine-month IMF standby programme that ends soon after elections inevitably leading to the next IMF programme if sovereign default is to be avoided (which will be 25th bailout package from the lender of last resort), there is little hope for any disruptive policies and programmes that can help revive growth, contain inflation, reduce poverty and address other deep-rooted problems irrespective of which political government comes in power with the same mindset that we have seen in the past four decades. Yet, within this crisis lies a flicker of hope – a chance for transformative rebirth if, and only if, the country votes into power a leadership with changed mindset that has the courage to break from the past band-aids approach of firefighting and self-serving short-term agendas. This rebirth won’t be achieved through empty promises without major reforms and new breed of leadership willing to rethink, that is, think different from earlier generation of leaders – one fuelled by courage, humility, ambition, risk-taking and a bold embrace of digital transformation across every facet of government, institutions, and the entire economy that can unleash relentless innovation.”
 
Ishtiaq Ali Mehkri, ‘Need to ensure fair polls under an unjaundiced political process’
The Express Tribune, 6 January 2024
“Fingers are crossed for February 8 general elections. If conducted, they will surely go on to reshape the future of democracy and rule of law in the country. A glance at the status quo, however, suggests that free and fair polls are not round the corner, as bias, one-sidedness and prejudice rules the roost — something that has jaundiced the entire spectrum. The ECP seems to have deliberately put itself in bad light, as it is doing much more than it is constitutionally mandated to do. It has transgressed its territory, acting as a court by being judgmental in (political) affairs that are beyond its writ. Its failure to hold elections in May 2023 in Punjab and K-P, and again in November 2023 after the dissolution of the National Assembly will stay on as a blot on its performance. While the ECP credibility is already under debate, there is still time and space to do some auto-correction. The electoral watchdog needs to adopt complete impartiality by holding transparent elections. Its highhandedness against Pakistan’s most popular party at the moment, the PTI, is getting over-stretched, and adding a new leaf to the pestering political instability. A series of administrative measures such as annulling PTI’s intra-party elections, rejecting the nomination papers of all its stalwarts, and moving the court of law for denying it the election symbol of ‘cricket bat’ have left a sour taste of partisanship.While the PTI is seeking recourse from the superior judiciary, pleading relief and justice for it as per law and constitution, what is expected of the ECP at the moment is to set in a semblance of decency and sophistication, by adopting a meritorious approach free from ‘interference’ and ‘pressure”.
 

 




“Women in Muslim countries today have responsibility to amplify voices of women in our societies.”
-An opinion in The Express Tribune‘Enhancing gender diversity in Muslim countries.’
 

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28 May 2024, Tuesday| Vol 5, No.109

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27 May 2024, Monday| Vol 5, No.108

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11 May 2024, Saturday| Vol 5, No.95

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3 May 2024, Friday| Vol 5, No.88

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16 April 2024, Tuesday| Vol 5, No.73

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08 April 2024, Monday| Vol 5, No.66

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06 April 2024, Saturday| Vol 5, No.65

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05 April 2024, Friday| Vol 5, No.64

Naeem becomes the new party chief of JI

02 April 2024, Tuesday| Vol 5, No.61

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26 March 2024, Tuesday| Vol 5, No.56

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5 March 2024, Tuesday | Vol 5, No.38

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22 February 2024, Thursday| Vol 5, No.32

MQM-P demands four portfolios in the federal cabinet

20-21 February 2024, Wednesday| Vol 5, No.31

PPP and PML-N reach a consensus for government formation at the centre

19 February 2024, Monday| Vol 5, No.30

Fafen calls on the ECP to conduct audit of election results

16 February 2024, Friday| Vol 5, No.28

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15 February 2024, Thursday| Vol 5, No.27

PML-N gains more lawmakers

10 February 2024, Saturday | Vol 5, No.23

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09 February 2024, Friday| Vol 5, No.22

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30 January 2024, Tuesday| Vol 5, No.16

PPP raises concerns over the test trial of new EMS

24-25 January 2024, Thursday| Vol 5, No.14

PML-N is Punjab’s favorite: IPOR survey

23 January 2024, Tuesday| Vol 5, No.13

Nawaz Sharif promises “economic overhaul” if elected

18 January 2024, Thursday| Vol 5, No.10

All set for the general elections, says CEC

17 January 2024, Wednesday| Vol 5, No.9

PTI to face challenges in maintaining control over members

13 January 2024, Friday| Vol 5, No.7

PTI releases list of candidates for elections

05 January 2024, Tuesday | Vol 5, No.4

Imran Khan indicted for contempt | MQM-P unveils manifesto

02 January 2024, Tuesday | Vol 5, No.2

PTI candidates appeal against rejection of nomination papers

01 January 2023, Monday | Vol 5, No.1

PML-N leader criticizes rivals

30 December 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.261

Election Commission to challenge the PTI symbol reinstatement

29 December 2023, Friday | Vol 4, No.260

Army to provide necessary assistance for election

28 December 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.259

PML-N requests public feedback on its election manifesto

27 December 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.258

PHC order ignites discussion around legal procedures

20 December 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.255

ECP’s reserves judgment in PTI’s party symbol case

19 December 2023, Tuesday | Vol 4, No.254

PTI tries AI-generated Imran Khan

13 December 2023, Wednesday| Vol 4, No.251

The US reaffirms itself as Pakistan's ally

12 December 2023, Tuesday | Vol 4, No.250

PPP accused of killing MQM-P party workers

11 December 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.249

Pakistan’s army chief leaves for inaugural visit to the US

29 November 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.247

Pakistan summons Hafiz Gul Bahadur to return to Pakistan

28 November 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.246

Protests against the authorities continue

25 November 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.244

Pakistan elected as vice chair of UNESCO Executive Board

23 November 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.242

Pakistan applies to join BRICS, seeks Russia’s support

22 November 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.241

Chaman border closure upon month-long protest

17 November 2023, Friday | Vol 4, No.237

Possibility of more IMF loans, says Finance Minister

16 November 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.236

Pakistan set to bag USD 700million from IMF

15 November 2023, Tuesday | Vol 4, No.235

PTI demands justice as Imran approaches his 100-day detention

14 November 2023, Tuesday | Vol 4, No.234

Bilawal Bhutto rejects “selected government”

PR Evening Brief | 13 November 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.233

PML-Q on merger with PML-N

11 November 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.232

Bilawal on the distinguishing between terrorists and refugees

09 November 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.230

Nawaz to court BAP to strengthen PML-N

08 November 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.229

Sindh suspends deportation of illegal migrants by one day

01 November 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.228

NCHR petition against the forced repatriation plans of Pakistan

30 October 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.226

Sindh government needs PKR 2 billion to repatriate migrants

28 October 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.225

UN calls on Pakistan to stop deporting Afghan refugees

27 October 2023, Friday | Vol 4, No.224

Centers for illegal immigrants

25 October 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.222

PIA: Spokesperson expresses fear of closure

23 October 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.220

Chaman border protest intensifies over visa and passport rules

18 October 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.216

Anwaarul Haq Kakar holds bilateral talks at BRF in Beijing

14 October 2023, Saturday| Vol 4, No.216

Saudi Arabia finds 12,000 phony Pakistani passports

11 October 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.213

PIA approved for privatization as all legacy liabilities parked

07 October 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.210

Criticism against government's repatriation plan

05 October 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.208

Discos to be provided to the private sector by interim in

30 September 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.205

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26 September 2023, Tuesday| Vol 4, No.201

PTI women leaders rearrested

25 September 2023, Monday| Vol 4, No.200

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21 September 2023, Thursday| Vol 4, No.197

UAE bans meat imports from Pakistan

20 September 2023, Wednesday| Vol 4, No.196

Bilawal demands “Level Playing Field” from PML-N

19 September 2023, Tuesday| Vol 4, No.195

Pakistan rejects claims of selling arms to Ukraine for IMF bailout

16 September 2023, Saturday| Vol 4, No.193

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15 September 2023, Friday| Vol 4, No.192

Torkham border crossing set to reopen

13 September 2023, Wednesday| Vol 4, No.190

US Envoy’s visit to Gwadar Port

08 September 2023, Friday| Vol 4, No.186

Supreme Court Bar Association resolution on civilian supremacy

07 September 2023, Thursday| Vol 4, No.185

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Supreme Court debates retrospective amendments to NAB law

02 September 2023, Saturday| Vol 4, No.181

Ten main economic threats, identified by the Finance Ministry

01 September 2023, Friday | Vol 4, No.180

Election Commission of Pakistan prepares for upcoming polls

30 August 2023, Wednesday| Vol 4, No.178

Imran Khan Rearrested

29 August 2023, Tuesday| Vol 4, No.177

PTI urges Supreme Court for timely general elections

28 August 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.176

Protests against the Power bill

26 August 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.175

Nawaz's Return: The debate from

21 August 2023, Monday| Vol 4, No.170

PTI leader remanded and Asad Umar 'missing' in cipher case

19 August 2023, Saturday| Vol 4, No.169

ECP: Transparent elections prioritized over timely elections

18 August 2023, Friday | Vol 4, No.168

Composition of Pakistan’s new Cabinet

17 August 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.167

Internal debate within the PML-N on Nawaz’s return

16 August 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.166

On Elections: Supreme Court to the Election Commission of Pakistan

2 August 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.158

PTI withdraws membership of 22 leaders

29 July 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.155

Names shortlisted for caretaker PM

27 July 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.154

Pakistan and Russia on Black Sea Grain initiative

25 July 2023, Tuesday | Vol 4, No.152

‘Non-Partisan’ Interim set-up for PPP

24 July 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.151

PML-N onboard for Ishaq Dar as Interim PM, PPP disagrees

20 July 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.148

IMF’s staff report on Pakistan

19 July 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.147

National Counter Violent Extremism Policy 2022 to be amended

17 July 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.145

Iran and Pakistan to deepen security cooperation

11 July 2023, Tuesday | Vol 4, No.140

Supreme Court rejects the IPP plea to ban PTI

10 July 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.139

PM Sharif condemns campaign threatening army chief

07 July 2023, Friday | Vol 4, No.137

Lahore court acquits Nawaz Sharif for a 34-year-old case

04 July 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.134

Ishaq Dar points that PML-N wants Nawaz Sharif’s rule

30 June 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.131

PDM leaders meet in Dubai on IPP

29 June 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.130

Upcoming elections to decide the coalition strategy

28 June 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.129

Jahangir Tareen will be the IPP's candidate for Prime Minister

16 June 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.120

Pakistan and Belgium discuss on strengthening the ties

15 June 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.119

IPP accused of plagiarizing their party name

14 June 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.118

Chaos in Senate over federal budget debate

09 June 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.115

 IPP Party launch with PTI defectors

07 June 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.114

US administration engages with Pakistan on regional security

02 June 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.110

Detention of PTI workers is unconstitutional, says LHC

01 June 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.109

Pakistan’s Political Crisis: PR Daily Updates: Day 22

31 May 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.108

Imran Khan believes PTI deserters forming "Kings Party"

27 May 2023, Saturday I Vol 4, No.105

Day 17 Pakistan’s Political Crisis: PR Daily Updates

25 May 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.103

Day 15 Pakistan’s Political Crisis: PR Daily Updates

20 May 2023, Saturday I Vol 4, No.99

Sindh government demands early local government elections

17 May 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.96

The NSC approves the trial of rioters under the Army Act

10 May 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.91

Omar Cheema arrested during a raid by ACE at dawn

27 April 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.82

NA Speaker writes a letter to CJP on behalf of Parliament

25 April 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.80

PML-N demands the resignation of CJP over audio leaks

22 April 2023, Saturday I Vol 4, No.79

NA forces the halted Practice and Procedure bill into law

21 April 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.78

President approves amendments to Tax Law Bill 2023

12 April 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.69

PAC takes stock of audit of public entities by AGP

10 April 2023, Monday I Vol 4, No.68

Polls fund issue to be consulted with the Parliament

08 April 2023, Saturday I Vol 4, No.67

Justice Minallah notes garners support and criticism

06 April 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.65

PBS: Digital census sees 90 per cent completion

04 April 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.63

Elections: Three-member bench to deliver the verdict today

01 April 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.61

Meeting of the government allies

22 March 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.59

Imran Khan agrees to participate in multi-party conference

14 March 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.55

Imran Khan kicks off election campaign in Lahore

10 March 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.53

Punjab and KP: Elections affected by logistic requirements

08 March 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.51

Centre ready to answer PPP's concerns over digital census

02 March 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.46

Split Verdict: Supreme courts orders timely elections

27 February 2023, Monday I Vol 4, No.43

The new ‘Austerity Measures’

16 February 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.39

The Director-General of IAEA lands in Pakistan for a two-day visit

13 February 2023, Monday I Vol 4, No.36

Federal Health Ministry begins polio vaccination drives

9 February 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.33

LHC suspends the acceptance of 43 PTI MNAs resignation

7 February 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.32

Federal reschedules APC meeting 

6 February 2023, Monday I Vol 4, No.31

Pervez Musharraf died at the age of 79 in Dubai

4 February 2023, Saturday I Vol 4, No.30

Imran Khan will not attend the All Parties Conference

2 February 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.28

Islamabad Police arrests Awami League leader Sheikh Rashid

27 January 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.23

PDM huddle: Asif Zardari, Fazl calls on PM Shehbaz

25 January 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.22

Sindh: PPP’s modest edge in local polls shrinks further

23 January 2023, Monday I Vol 4, No.20

Sindh: PML-N offers to bridge the gap between JI and PPP

20 January 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.17

Nawaz Sharif comments on Punjab assembly dissolution

18 January 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.15

National Assembly speaker accepts resignation of 34 PTI lawmakers

17 January 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.14

Sindh: PPP wins the majority of the seats in the LG polls

12 January 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.9

Elahi passes the no- confidence test in the assembly

10 January 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.7

PTI leaders get arrest warrants in contempt case by ECP

09January 2023, Monday I Vol 4, No.006

Pakistani Rupee falls to 0.31 per cent

03 January 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.002

NSC states Afghan government should deny safe heavens to TTP

28 December 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.285

Political parties urge Imran Khan to return to parliament

23 December 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.281

SBP’s forex reserves plunge to 8-year low

21 December 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.279

Punjab Assembly Speaker terming the Governor's demand illegal

20 December 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.278

Lahore High Court allowing time for Imran Khan to file a rejoinder

19 December 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.277

Imran Khan announces the date of assembly dissolution

15 December 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.274

ECP ensures equal representation of women in the panel

14 December 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.273

ECP begins steps to remove Imran Khan as the PTI chairman

12 December 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.271

opposition protesting in National Assembly over Swati's arrest

10 December 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.270

PTI gets notice from ECP regarding the change in party amendment

6 December 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.266

National Flood Response and Coordination Centre shuts down

3 December 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.264

Senators claims parliament was never allowed to talk with the TTP

2 December 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.263

Forex reserves dropping to 4.2 per cent to USD 7.498 billion

1 December 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.262

ECP reporting a four per cent drop in the gender gap

29 November 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.261

Senate Committee passes the Corporal Punishment Bill

25 November 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.258

Foreign exchange reserves plummeting to USD 7.8 billion

22 November 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.255

Imran Khan summoned for Toshakhana case hearing

19 November 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.253

NAB going to probe into Toshakhana reference against Imran Khan

17 November 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.251

Default risks reaching the maximum measure

16 November 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.250

Imran Khan vilifying the Chief Election Commissioner

12 November 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.247

Imran Khan gets tightened security

7 November 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.242

PTI to resume long march from Wazirabad

31 October 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.240

Imran Khan declares talks with government are underway

28 October 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.238

ISI and Army question PTI in a joint presser

27 October 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.237

PTI to reach Islamabad with the Azadi march on 4 November

19 October 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.231

National Assembly passing nine bills despite lack of quorum

18 October 2022, Tueday I Vol 3, No.230

Imran Khan admitting to backchannel negotiations

11 October 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.224

Interior Ministry claims to have resolved audio leaks issue

4 October 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.218

Imran Khan sets a Long March date in October

29 September 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.214

Chinese nationals targeted in Karachi, one person killed

23 September 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.210

UN to hold a donors’ conference to raise funds for Pakistan

22 September 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.209

Imran Khan announces PTI's movement for "Haqeeqi Azaadi"

21 September 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.208

Federal Shariat Court to hear petitions challenging transgender law

9 September 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.198

UN Secretary-General arrives in Pakistan amid flood devastations

7 September 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.196

WHO warns of worsening humanitarian situation in Pakistan

31 August 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.194

ECC approves disbursement of Rs 103 billion for flood victims

19 August 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.187

COAS meet with US CENTCOM chief

16 August 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.184

Government set to dispatch letter of intent to IMF

12 August 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.183

National Assembly hold Minority Convention for the first time

11 August 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.182

Raid on Gill's driver's house 'legal,' says ICT police

6 August 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.179

ECP issues notice to Imran Khan, fixes hearing for 23 August

5 August 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.178

PTI withdraws case against CEC

2 August 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.175

PTI received funding from prohibited sources, says ECP

1 August 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.174

The country's economic challenges are temporary, says FM

30 July 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.173

CJP releases audio of JCP meeting

23 July 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.167

Hamza Sharif takes oath as chief minister of Punjab

20 July 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.164

Ruling coalition vows to save the Punjab government

18 July 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.162

Landslide victory for PTI over PML-N

2 July 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.154

PTI to hold rally from Rawalpindi to Islamabad

29 June 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.151

National Assembly completes budgetary proceedings

27 June 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.149

PM promises to restore the role of provinces in the NAP

3 June 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.129

Imran warns of a civil war: PPP and PML-N condemns

31 May 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.126

Government and TTP agree on an indefinite ceasefire

25 May 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.121

Police clash with PTI workers

21 May 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.119

FM Bilawal promises to strengthen Sino-Pak cooperation

30 April 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 102

Punjab: Hamza Shehbaz takes oath as chief minister

28 April 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 100

Prime Minister Shebhaz Sharif orders for the review of NAP

26 April 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 98

Finance minister positive on cooperation with IMF

20 April 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 93

PM Shehbaz Sharif meets with COAS Bajwa

19 April 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 92

PM Shehbaz Sharif's 34-member cabinet takes oath

18 April 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 91

PM Shehbaz Sharif finalises federal cabinet

16 April 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 90

PPP's Raja Pervaiz Ashraf elected NA speaker

14 April 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 88

PM Sharif promises to address Karachi’s development

13 April 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 87

PM Shehbaz Sharif meets coalition leaders

7 April 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 82

Supreme Court resumes hearing on NA deputy speakers ruling

4 April 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 79

Imran Khan de-notified as prime minister

2 April 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 78

Establishment gave me three options, says PM Khan

25 March 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No. 71

NA session adjourned until 28 March

24 March 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 70

OIC concludes meeting, adopts 70-point Islamabad Declaration

22 March 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 68

Broadsheet CEO apologises to Nawaz  

21 March 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 67

NA Speaker summons no-confidence motion for 25 March

19 March 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 66

PTI supporters enter Sindh house after hours of protesting

17 March 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 64

PPP accepts PDM’s invite to join the long march

16 March 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 63

PDM reschedules long march towards Islamabad

15 March 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 62

PDM announces long march towards Islamabad

9 March 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 57

PPP’s march reaches Islamabad

4 March 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No. 53

PDM and PPP reaches consensus on snap elections

2 March 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 51

PM Khan meeting with PML-Q leadership

28 February 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 49

PPP begins long march against PTI government

26 February 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 48

PTI to hold long march against PPP

25 February 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No. 47

PM Khan meets with President Putin

24 February 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 46

PM Khan to meet President Putin during a two-day official visit

21 February 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 43

Zardari and Fazl to meet as part of the PPP-PDM alliance

16 February 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 40

Bilawal approves the route plan for the long march

15 February 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 39

COAS meets with President and PM on the same day

14 February 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 38

Shehbaz visits Chaudhry Shujaat after 14 years

5 February 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 31

IMF demands six more requirements in its detailed report

4 February 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No. 30

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Two Police officers killed in Nowshera

1 February 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 27

Gilani resigns from the post of the opposition leader in Senate

31 January 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 26

PTI to hold march against PPP government in February

29 January 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 25

Four security personnel killed in Bugti landmine blast

26 January 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 22

PDM's plan for a long march to Islamabad on 23 March

19 January 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 16

Bilawal offers conditional possibility of working with the PDM

14 January 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No. 12

Mini-Budget passed through National Assembly

13 January 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 11

PDM to discuss option of no-confidence on 25 January

10 January 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 8

Over 500 families rescued in Murree

4 January 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 3

Violence-related casualties increased in 2021, says report

28 December 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 336

Search for new chairman for National Accountability Board begins

27 December 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 335

Benazir Bhutto: 14 years after her assassination 

24 December 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 334

Senate passes resolution against Sialkot lynching, extremism

17 December 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 330

33 more suspects arrested in Sialkot lynching incident

15 December 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 328

Nacta formulates first-ever policy to counter violent extremism

14 December 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 327

Government asks ECP to frame a timeline for implementation of EVMs

13 December 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 326

18 more arrested for involvement in Sialkot lynching case

10 December 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 324

TTP ends ceasefire with government

09 December 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 323

PM unveils Naya Pakistan Card Initiative

08 December 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 322

PDM keen on holding its long march on Pakistan Day

03 December 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 318

Joint opposition to boycott national security committee meeting

02 December 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 317

NSA Moeed meets with Russian counterpart Nikolai in Moscow

25 November 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 311

NA committee chair disallows vote on NAB amendment bills

24 November 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 310

Cabinet establishes committee on EVMs for 2023 elections

19 November 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 308

Senate passes journalist protection bill and NAB bills

18 November 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 307

Opposition indicates no-trust motion against NA Speaker

16 November 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 305

Government calls for joint parliamentary session

13 November 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 303

Speaker invites opposition for talks 

12 November 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 302

Extended Troika meets in Islamabad

11 November 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 301

Opposition questions TTP talks in Senate

10 November 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 300

Supreme Court resumes hearing of APS attacks

09 November 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 299

ECP releases another report on Daska by-poll

08 November 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 298

Government lifts ban on TLP

03 November 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 295

TLP allowed to contest elections under deal with the government

02 November 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 294

Deal with TLP only solution to ward off bloodshed, says PM Khan

1 November 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 293

Three reports outline shrinking space for press freedom

27 October 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 289

PM Khan appoints Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum as new DG ISI after interviews

25 October 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 287

Jam Kamal Khan Alyani resigns as chief minister

23 October 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 286

Three police men killed in clashes with TLP protesters

22 October 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 285

FATF decision to retain Pakistan on the grey list.

21 October 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 284

TLP protests for the release of Rizvi

20 October 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 283

Balochistan MPAs to move no-trust motion against CM Kamal in assembly

19 October 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 282

PDM to start nationwide agitation from 20 October

11 October 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 276

Lowest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day

07 October 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 272

Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum appointed as new chief of ISI

06 October 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 271

Controversy brews over the appointment of NAB chief

30 September 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 266

Senate alarmed over anti-Pakistan bill moved in US Senate

27 September 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 263

Statue of Mohammad Ali Jinnah destroyed in Gwadar

22 September 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 258

Government and Opposition agree to set up a panel for poll reforms

21 September 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 257

Government fails to make Urdu official language, says Supreme Court

20 September 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 256

Fazl asks Islamabad to immediately recognise the Taliban government

16 September 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 253

Government and media agree to form a body for PMDA review

15 September 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 252

If govt is not behind PMDA, it should take its notice, says PFUJ

14 September 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 251

COAS warns against hybrid threats

11 September 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 248

PDM to boycott joint parliament session

10 September 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 247

Opposition parties blame each other for PDM’s disintegration

09 September 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 246

Bilawal asks for parliament debate on Afghanistan, CPEC attacks

08 September 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 245

Cabinet reiterates plan to use EVMs in 2023

07 September 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 244

CCI decided to includes hydel power in renewable energy targets

03 September 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 241

PTI asks ECP to deploy army during cantonment polls

02 September 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 240

Mohsin Dawar launches Nationalist Democratic Movement

01 September 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 239

PM launches Pak-ID mobile app for computerised National Identity Card

31 August 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 238

Shehbaz and Bilawal's support to the media

30 August 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 237

PDM holds power-show in Bagh-i-Jinnah, Karachi

26 August 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 233

ECC approves import of sugar, wheat

25 August 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 232

PPP welcomes PDM activities in Karachi, says Bilawal

24 August 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 231

PM directs all provinces to implement Single National Curriculum

23 August 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 230

PML-N to back no-trust move if PPP presents workable idea

21 August 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 229

FDI inflows to Pakistan drop by 39 per cent in July 2021

20 August 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 228

Another Woman, Another Attack, but Same Questions

19 August 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 227

The debate on the Pakistan Media Development Authority

16 August 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 224

Pakistan on Taliban’s takeover

14 August 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 222

Foreign exchange reserves to make a new record, says SBP Chief

12 August 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 220

The increase in car sales

11 August 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 219

Pakistan sees a decline in remittance

10 August 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 218

Pakistan in the Olympics

09 August 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 217

Blast in Quetta's Serena hotel

07 August 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 215

Sharif, UK and the Visa issue

06 August 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 214

“AJK’s” new Prime Minister

05 August 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 213

Pakistan’s narrative on Kashmir

04 August 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 212

Pakistan has other options, says NSA Moeed Yusuf

03 August 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 211

The backlash against Aurat March

02 August 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 210

Decoding the Sialkot by-elections

30 July 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 207

The Digital Pakistan Policy

29 July 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 206

Pakistan’s urban flooding problem

28 July 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 205

Pakistan’s move towards Central Asia

27 July 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 204

Civilian causalities hit record level: UNAMA Report

26 July 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 203

The "AJK" elections

24 July 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 202

Pakistanis trend #JusticeForNoor

22 July 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 200

Pakistan’s IPP Saga

20 July 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 199

The “AJK” elections

17 July 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 196

Pakistan caught in the crosshairs of Afghan government

15 July 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 194

Targeting of Chinese investment in Pakistan

14 July 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 193

Pakistan's “I am not Malala” narrative

13 July 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 192

Pakistan's Debate on Afghan Fallouts

12 July 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 191

The problems of Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline

10 July 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 189

PM's meeting with Balochistan lawmakers

09 July 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 188

Will not impose complete lockdowns, says Planning Minister

08 July 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 187

The problem of gender-based violence in Pakistan

07 July 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 186

Understanding Pakistan’s water shortage

06 July 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 185

The TLP debate in Pakistan

05 July 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 184

Pakistan, China and Xinjiang: Deciphering Imran's statement

03 July 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 182

The return of the PDM

02 July 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 181

Child soldiers in Pakistan: A never-ending ordeal

30 June 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 179

Pakistan in between China and the West

29 June 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 178

Pakistan's current Afghan narratives

28 June 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 177

Roshan Digital Account and the rising remittances

26 June 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 175

Pakistan and the FATF: Still in grey

25 June 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 174

Evolving Pakistan-Turkey Axis

24 June 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 173

From Musharraf to Imran Khan: Victim Blaming across the leaders

23 June 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 172

The Single National Curriculum debate in Pakistan

21 June 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 170

Electoral Reforms: Good idea, bad strategy

19 June 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 168

The electoral reforms bill & the domestic debate

18 June 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 167

Budget 2021-22: Mapping the domestic response

16 June 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 165

National Assembly witnesses fistfights and profanities

15 June 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 164

Shireen Mazari accuses India of Nuclear Smuggling

09 June 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 158

Analysing the problems of Pakistan Railways

08 June 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 157

Beyond the CPEC: Expanding Chinese footprints in Pakistan

02 June 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.151

Media organisations oppose a proposal for regulatory authority

01 June 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.150

Police in Peshawar fire tear gas, baton charge govt teachers

26 May 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.144

Govt will not provide US bases in the country, says Qureshi

25 May 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.143

Pakistan and US NSAs meet in Geneva

21 May 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.139

70 years of Pakistan-China friendship

20 May 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.138

Qureshi calls for joint action to end Palestine crisis

19 May 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.137

PBS releases the 6th Population and Housing Census 2017

13 May 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.133

COAS meets with the US Charge d' Affairs

11 May 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.131

COAS Gen Bajwa meets with President Ghani

08 May 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.128

FIA stops Shehbaz from flying abroad 

07 May 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.127

Speaker sets up committee for poll reforms

06 May 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.126

Pakistan’s third COVID-19 wave

05 May 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.125

COAS Bajwa arrives in Saudi Arabia

04 May 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.124

PM Khan urges OIC to vehemently counter Islamophobia

01 May 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.121

TLP files appeal against the ban 

30 April 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.120

Authorities raid Bashir Memon’s Cooking Oil Mill

29 April 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.119

Government keen on seeing Balochistan prosper, say PM 

28 April 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.118

Record number of COVID-19 deaths in a single day

27 April 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.117

SC accepts Justice Isa's review petitions

26 April 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.116

Province ask for army’s assistance in enforcing SOPs

24 April 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.114

Army called to assist in the COVID-19 situation

23 April 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.113

TTP claims responsibility for the Quetta blast

22 April 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.112

Punjab govt places 214 TLP activists under the Fourth Schedule

21 April 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.111

No intention of lifting the ban on TLP, says PM

20 April 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.110

TLP chief Saad Rizvi released from jail

16 April 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.106

French embassy asks its citizens to leave Pakistan

15 April 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.105

Government decides to ban TLP

14 April 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.104

Law enforcement agencies begin clearing TLP protesters

13 April 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.103

Violence erupts over TLP chief’s arrest

12 April 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.102

Daska by-poll generally transparent, says Fafen 

10 April 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.100

Re-polling for NA-75 Daska begins

09 April 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.99

Pakistan commits Rs1.27tr in taxes with IMF

08 April 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.98

Pakistan and Russia agree to boost defence ties

05 April 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.95

PDM issues show-cause notice to PPP and ANP

03 April 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.93

PDM splits as five parties move to form a separate bloc

01 April 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.91

Divide deepens within the PDM

31 March 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.90

Government raises USD 2.5 billion from international market

30 March 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.89

PM replaces Hafeez Shaikh over inflation

29 March 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.88

COVID-19 test positivity rate surpasses 11 per cent

26 March 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.85

Yousuf Gilani declared as opposition leader in the Senate

25 March 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.84

PDM leaders agree to keep alliance together

22 March 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.81

PPP, PML-N disagree on Senate opposition leader nomination

20 March 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.79

Government to promulgate ordinances to fulfill IMF conditions

18 March 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.77

PPP says no post-resignation strategy was given by the PDM

17 March 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.76

PDM postpones long march amid differences over mass resignation

16 March 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.75

Government demands resignation of CEC and ECP members

15 March 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.74

Government offers to hold talks on electoral reforms

13 March 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.72

PDM to challenge election of Sanjrani as Senate chairman

12 March 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.71

Chaos marks beginning of elections to the Senate chairman

11 March 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.70

Supreme Court rejects PTI plea to suspend re-polls in Daska

09 March 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.68

Pakistan observes Aurat March across cities

06 March 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.65

Imran secures vote of confidence in National Assembly

04 March 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.63

Senate elections conclude, Imran to seek vote of confidence

03 March 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.62

Polls underway for 37 Senate seats

02 March 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.61

Political temperatures rise as Senate elections close in

01 March 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.60

Senate polls will be held through secret ballot, says SC

27 February 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.58

Ready to resolve issues with India through dialogue, says Imran

26 February 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.57

FATF to keep Pakistan on 'grey list' till June

24 February 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.55

Pakistan, Sri Lanka discuss trade cooperation and regional security

23 February 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.54

Military dismisses rumours about appointing new ISI chief

22 February 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.53

By-elections turn controversial and violent

19 February 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.50

ECP rejects 25 nomination papers after scrutiny

18 February 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.49

SC pushes for proportional representation in Senate

16 February 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.47

Remittances cross USD two billion for seventh consecutive month

15 February 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.46

Navies conducts counter-terrorism demonstrations at Aman-2021

13 February 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.44

FO claims Pakistan made progress on remaining FATF items

12 February 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.43

Justice Isa should not hear cases involving PM, says the CJP

10 February 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.41

Legal fraternity extends support to lawyers; condemns CDA

9 February 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.40

Lawyers storm into chamber IHC’s Chief Justice

05 February 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.36

National Assembly turns chaotic amid open vote debate

04 February 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.35

Pakistan begins nationwide vaccination drive

03 February 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.34

Pakistan rolls out COVID-19 vaccines

02 February 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.33

Government passes CPEC Authority bill

30 January 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.30

US seeks custody of Omar Sheikh

29 January 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.29

Supreme Court orders release of Omar Sheikh

28 January 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.28

Former ISI chief had links with RAW since 2008: Defence Ministry

27 January 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.27

Cabinet to table bill to hold open vote in Senate elections

25 January 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.25

Government, opposition to meet today

23 January 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.23

Oppositions demands new head for Broadsheet inquiry committee

22 January 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.22

ECP rejects open hearing of cases

21 January 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.21

Pakistan conducts another test of Shaheen-III

20 January 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.20

PDM holds protests outside the ECP

19 January 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.19

Cabinet constitutes committee to probe Broadsheet scandal

18 January 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.18

PDM to discuss ECP protests plan today

16 January 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.16

Vaccines will be procured in first quarter, says SAPM

15 January 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.15

Govt permits PDM to stage protest outside the ECP office

14 January 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.14

PTI blames agents in foreign funding case

13 January 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.13

Broadsheet revelations vindicate struggle against elite, says PM

11 January 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.11

India stalling progress of Mumbai attack case, says FO

09 January 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.9

Slain miners finally laid to rest

08 January 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.08

Pakistan successfully tests Multi-Launch Rocket System: ISPR

07 January 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.07

PM promises to visit mourning Hazaras in Quetta

06 January 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.06

Supreme Court directs ETPB to rebuild Hindu Shrine in KP

05 January 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.05

Hazara mourners refuse to bury Mach victims

04 January 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.04

Militants kill 11 Shia Hazara coal miners

02 January 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.02

PDM raises the pitch; targets the Establishment

30 December 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.214

NA speaker told to accept resignations from the opposition

29 December 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.213

Govt ready for dialogue with the opposition, except Fazl, Maryam

23 December 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.212

Govt approves the 6th National Census-2017

21 December 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.210

Pakistan asks UN to forcefully condemn the attack on UNMOGIP

18 December 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.208

Qureshi's UAE visit

17 December 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.207

Imran Khan reiterates his support for the Afghan talks

16 December 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.206

PTI rejects ultimatum for PM’s resignation

12 December 2020, SaturdayI Vol 1, No.204

Cabinet Reshuffle: Portfolios of three ministers changed

11 December 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.203

PM asks the opposition to rethink conducting rallies 

08 December 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.200

Nawaz to make a ‘decisive speech’ at the Lahore rally

07 December 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.199

Pakistan’s surging second COVID-19 wave

04 December 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.198

EU retains ban on PIA flights

01 December 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.195

PDM stages another power show in Multan

28 November 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.194

Qureshi talks about Kashmir and the India dossier at the OIC

27 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.193

FO says Kashmir issue is a permanent item on OIC agenda

26 November 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.192

Pakistan shares dossier on India with the UN

25 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.191

Asad says COVID-19 numbers worsening, urges SOPs compliance

24 November 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.190

Pakistan to set up a new intelligence committee chaired by DG-ISI

23 November 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.189

PDM calls for the end of PTI’s “puppet rule”

20 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.188

Imran Khan’s maiden visit to Afghanistan

19 November 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.187

PDM may present its reforms as legislation in Parliament

18 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.186

PDM rejects Center’s move to ban public meetings

16 November 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.184

GB Polls: PTI becomes the single largest party

13 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.183

Maryam softens stance, says will talk to the Army

12 November 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.182

Survey predicts PTI’s victory in GB elections

11 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.181

Army takes action against the officials from the ISI and Rangers

10 November 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.180

COAS and DG-ISI to brief the Parliament

09 November 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.179

On Gilgit-Balitistan elections

06 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.177

Farmers protest in Punjab

04 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.175

FO rejects Indian Defence Minister’s remarks on GB

03 November 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.174

Maulana Fazlur calls for a PDM meeting

30 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.172

Pakistan criticizes the Indian media

29 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.171

"We gave India a bloody nose and it's still hurting" says DG ISPR

28 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.170

Pakistan observes 'Kashmir Black Day'

27 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.169

Quetta Rally and the PDM

26 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.168

PDM's strong rally in Quetta

24 October 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.167

Do More, says the FATF to Pakistan

23 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.166

Pakistan's Gender Gap

22 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.165

The "Karachi incident" spirals

21 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.164

"Who surrounded Sindh Police Chief's house," asks Bilawal Bhutto

20 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.163

FM Qureshi meets with Hekmatyar

19 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.162

PDM's second big rally in Karachi

17 October 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.161

PDM's first rally takes off to a great start in Gujranwala

16 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.160

PDM's first rally set to take off

15 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.159

Pakistan's pre-conditions for a dialogue with India

14 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.158

Pakistan re-elected to the UNHRC

13 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.157

Pakistan and the FATF's Grey List

12 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.156

Maulana Adil Khan laid to rest in Karachi

09 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.154

Khalilzad in Pakistan to discuss Afghan peace

08 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.153

Pakistan to experience muted economic recovery

07 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.152

20-point 'code of conduct' to promote sectarian harmony

06 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.151

A five-year development programme for the Gilgit- Baltistan

05 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.150

The next FATF meeting on Pakistan

02 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.148

Targeting Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N

01 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.147

On Pakistan Democratic Movement's rally:

30 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.146

PM Imran Khan wants to bring back Nawaz Sharif at the earliest:

29 September 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.145

Shahbaz Sharif's arrest causes an upheavel:

28 September 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.144

Abdullah Abdullah in Pakistan for a three days visit:

25 September 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.142

The Fallouts of the All Parties Conference:

24 September 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.141

Establishment and the PML-N:

23 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.140

For the US, the priority in Pakistan is to advance human rights :

22 September 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.139

One day after the All Parties Conference:

21 September 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.138

Nawaz Sharif goes on an offensive and talks about

19 September 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.137

Kashmir will be the focus of PM Khan’s UN address, says FO

18 September 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.136

Pakistan’s Persisting Polio Problem:

17 September 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.135

The need for a twin strategy in south Balochistan:

16 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.134

A non-bailable arrest warrant for Nawaz Sharif:

15 September 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.133

The CPEC march continues:

11 September 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.130

Pakistan and the SCO

10 September 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.129

Accountability Court declares Nawaz Sharif as an absconder

09 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.128

Federal-Provincial divide over Karachi increases

07 September 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.126

On Karachi, PPP and PTI divide comes to open

05 September 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.125

Kashmir in the UN and Pakistan

02 September, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.122

Court directs Nawaz Sharif to appear before the court

01 September, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.121

Rains and Floods continue to haunt Pakistan

26 August 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.116

"General Bajwa stabilized Pak-Saudi ties"

24 August 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.114

Pakistan, China and J&K

22 August 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.113

Pakistan and China pledge to safeguard common interests

20 August 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.111

The tragedy of Scientists from Pakistan's minority communities

19 August 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.110

"Pakistan can never recognise Israel," says Imran Khan

18 August 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.109

PTI's two-year report card

15 August 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.107

Pakistan's Palestine Dilemma

14 August 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.106

Pakistan at 73: Celebrating the Independence Day

13 August 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.105

COAS Gen Bajwa to visit Saudi Arabia soon

12 August 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.104

Government and opposition agree on six FATF bills

10 August 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.102

The FATF divides within Pakistan

09 August 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.101

Pakistan This Week

08 August 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.100

National Assembly clears two FATF bills, but blocks one.

07 August 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.99

Govt decides to lift restrictions as COVID cases decline

06 August 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.98

Pakistan's continuing Kashmir frenzy

05 August 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.97

Pakistan's new Map of J&K

04 August 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.96

Kashmir obsession in Pakistan

31 July 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.94

Two FATF bills passed in the National Assembly

30 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.93

Religiosity in Pakistan: From Creeping to now Galloping

29 July 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.92

Opposition parties attempt to come together

28 July 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.91

Pakistan's internal debate on Kulbhushan Jadav

26 July 2020, Sunday I Vol 1, No.89

Pakistan This Week

23 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.86

On the abduction of a Journalist in Islamabad

19 July 2020, Sunday I Vol 1, No.82

Pakistan This Week

17 July 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.80

The licences are not fake but only dubious

16 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.79

On building Diamer-Bhasha dam in Gilgit-Baltistan

15 July 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.78

On Af-Pak Transit Trade

12 July 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No. 75

Pakistan This Week

11 July 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.74

FATF action plan to be completed at the earliest: Shaikh

08 July 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.71

Return of Lal Masjid Maulana

07 July 2020, Tuesday , Vol 1, No.70

Female Literacy in the Pashtun tribal regions

06 July 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.69

The problem with Pakistan Railways

02 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.65

The Curious case of "Minus One" Formula in Pakistan

30 June 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.63

BLA claims the attack on Stock Exchange in Karachi

28 June 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.61

Pakistan This Week

27 June 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.60

PTM accepts the dialogue offer, but wants CBMs

24 June 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.57

Reviewing Pakistan's Space Programme

23 June 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.56

Imran Khan says he was against the idea of lockdown

21 June 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.54

Pakistan This Week

20 June 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.53

Budgets presented in KP, and in Gilgit-Baltistan

19 June 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.52

PTI tries to get the BNP back into coalition,

18 June 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.51

Baloch partner of the PTI government leaves the coalition

15 June 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.48

The PTI government invites the PTM for a dialogue

14 June 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.47

Pakistan This Week

13 June 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.46, Special Brief

Pakistan Budget 2020-21: The First Cut

12 June 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.44, Special Brief

Pakistan’s Economic Survey 2019-20

07 June 2020, Sunday I Vol 1, No.38

Pakistan This Week

05 June 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.36

Highest COVID Spike

04 June 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.35

Imran receives a briefing at the ISI HQ

03 June 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.34

Covid cases spike and Lahore becomes the epicentre

01 June 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.32

Drivers of Karachi Violence

30 May 2020, Saturday, No 1, No.30

Gwadar port ready for the Afghan goods

29 May 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.29

Pakistan remembers 28 May Nuclear Tests

24 May 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.24

Pakistan This Week

22 May 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.22

The missing girls of Pakistan

21 May 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.21

Locusts threaten Pakistan's food security

17 May 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No 17

Pakistan This Week

15 May 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.15

Disregard for SOPs peaks Covid-19 cases

14 May 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No 14

Violence in Afghanistan and the Media in Pakistan

12 May 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No 12

Smart Lockdown, SOPs vs Social Realities

9 May 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No 9

Record COVID-19 spike in a single day;