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

PML-N is Punjab’s favorite: IPOR survey



Nawaz Sharif announced that he intended to change the political structure of the country

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PAKISTAN ELECTIONS 2024
PR Exclusive Update #54

PML-N has regained popularity in Punjab, reveals IPOR survey
On 25 January, The News International reported that according to a recent survey conducted by the Institute for Public Opinion Research (IPOR) from 11 January to 23 January 2024, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has regained popularity in the Punjab province. The survey involved over 3,000 respondents, with 45 per cent expressing their intent to cast votes for PML-N, compared to 32 per cent in July 2018. The survey also revealed that 45 per cent of respondents trust Nawaz Sharif to resolve the country’s problems, while 36 per cent expressed confidence in Imran Khan. Additionally, 51 per cent foresee PML-N’s victory in the general election, suggesting the party forming the government in both the center and Punjab. (“Election 2024: PMLN emerges as favourite in Punjab: IPOR survey,” The News International, 25 January 2024)
 
Nawaz seeks to “overhaul the country’s political system”
On 24 January, the leader of PML-N, Nawaz Sharif, announced that he intended to change the political structure of the country, which has resulted in the “unceremonious departure of prime ministers.” He also raised questions about his removal from office before the last elections. Speaking at a campaign event in the Nankana Sahib area of Punjab, Mr Sharif posed the question: “Will you tell what enmity you had with me that you ousted me despite the fact that our government overcame load shedding, controlled inflation and laid a network of motorways in the country?” In his speech, Sharif emphasized the economic difficulties Pakistan is currently facing by drawing comparisons between the country’s current situation and that of time in office. He declared that his party would turn Nankana Sahib into a model city, construct a cardiology hospital, grant ownership rights to the people living in Katchi Abadi, and start a boys’ degree college in the district if it won the election on 8 February. Subsequently, in her speech, Maryam Nawaz asserted that her father is the “ladla of the people,” defending him against accusations that he is the ladla (blue-eyed) of the establishment. (Zulqernain Tahir, “Once bitten Nawaz hints at ending unceremonious departure of PMs,” Dawn, 25 January 2024)

Would prefer alliance with independent candidates to form government, says PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto
On 25 January, Dawn reported that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in an interview with Reuters has revealed that he would prefer to ally with independent candidates in order to form the government. Speaking to Reuters in Larkana, Bilawal stated, “You know, lots of independent politicians, probably the highest (number) in our history, are taking part in the coming elections.” According to Dawn, most of the independent candidates running in the next elections are Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders who lost their famous ‘bat’ symbol. Gohar Khan, the leader of the party, has also voiced concerns about “horse-trading” and “floor crossing.”  Presenting himself as an “alternative” to PML-N and PTI, Bilawal had recently urged former prime minister Imran Khan’s followers to cast votes for him while their leader is imprisoned. Further, during the interview, Zardari demanded fresh perspectives and bold leadership in order to reduce political and economic unrest. He stated, “The implications of the decisions taken today are going to be faced by the youth of Pakistan. I think it would be better if they were allowed to make those decisions.” ( “Would prefer to form govt with independent candidates if elected: Bilawal,” Dawn, 25 January 2024)
 
Section 144 of CrPC enforced in Punjab against PTI, says Imran Khan
On 24 January, former Prime Minister Imran Khan claimed that Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) had been enforced by the Punjab government to thwart the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)’s candidates impending power display. Khan informed the media that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), a few members of the establishment and the caretaker government are all against his party. He asserted that the PTI had a substantial support base among military personnel and that the party would not be dissuaded by any coercive measures used to silence its critics.  Khan claimed to have never seen pre-poll manipulation of this magnitude in the history of the country and to have intended to influence the polls on 8 February only to witness the outrage of people on the day of the election. (Malik Asad, “Section 144 imposed in Punjab to hamper PTI show: Imran,” Dawn, 25 January 2024)
 
PTI requests its leaders and workers to step down in favor of party’s nominees
On 24 January, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) issued a directive to its leaders and members who had submitted candidacy papers for the elections scheduled for 8 February to step down in favor of the party’s nominees or risk having their party membership revoked. The statement signed by party Secretary General Omer Ayub Khan stated, “All those candidates who are claiming to belong to PTI and are actively campaigning against the party’s nominated candidates but do not have endorsement from the party are, hereby, instructed to retire their candidacy immediately in favor of the party’s nominees. Those who do not do so will face immediate termination of their party membership.” The PTI advised three to four workers or leaders to submit nomination papers for each constituency out of fear that the papers would be rejected. As a result, multiple candidates with the backing of the party’s founder, Imran Khan have been claiming to represent the PTI in the majority of the constituencies. (Ikram Junaidi, “PTI covering candidates told to retire,” Dawn, 25 January 2024)
 
Police and other security agencies will be on duty for the forthcoming elections
On 24 January, the Police stated that some 10,000 members of the police and other security agencies will be on duty in Islamabad to provide security for the impending election. To address the staffing deficit, they said that a prohibition on police officers’ holidays has been implemented. In addition, they said that the reinstatement of suspended officials including more than seventy officials who have been suspended during the last two months is also being considered. The Islamabad Capital City Police Officer (ICCPO), Dr Akbar Nasir Khan, presided over a meeting where the security strategy was finalized. All divisional Capital Police Officers, AIG Operations, SSP Operations, and DPOs attended the meeting, which resulted in the decision to divide the federal capital into eastern and western sections under the administrative supervision of DIG level officers to ensure effective security measures. In addition, the police stated that 500 female volunteers for the women’s polling stations in Islamabad had been requested by the capital administration. Retired police officials, officers, and volunteers will also be used to help meet the manpower requirement on election day for security, additional backup, and disciplinary duties, they added. (“10,000 security officials to perform duty on election day in capital,” Dawn, 25 January 2024)
 
Security forces inside polling stations would “cast a shadow on free, fair, and transparent elections” says PPP senator Raza Rabbani
On 24 January, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Raza Rabbani stated that any security forces stationed inside polling place precincts would “cast a shadow on free, fair, and transparent elections.” According to a statement by Rabbani, returning officers (ROs) and district returning officers (DROs) ought to be in charge of and oversee security personnel. He stated, “Whereas the deployment of security forces is necessary for ensuring peace on election day, it is equally important that the security forces be beyond the precincts of the polling stations.” He further stated that the law and these two principles have to be rigorously adhered to by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The announcement was made one day after the interim federal cabinet authorized the deployment of military personnel and members of the civil armed forces to “polling stations” and “sensitive constituencies” on 8 February. (Nadir Guramani, “Presence of security forces inside polling stations will ‘cast shadow’ on transparent elections, says Rabbani,” Dawn, 25 January 2024)
 
Army is essential to conduct elections, says an editorial in Dawn
On 25 January, an editorial in Dawn titled, “Army duties” stated that the Pakistan Army is essential for the state to conduct elections. According to the editorial, on 23 January, in order ‘to maintain peace and security’ during the forthcoming general elections, the caretaker administration formally approved the deployment of military and civil armed forces personnel at voting places and key constituencies. It has been acknowledged that these security forces will also function as a rapid response force in the event of a law and order emergency in addition to being assigned to guard polling places on election day. The government is reported to have accepted the arrangement following receipt of a summary endorsing it from the interior ministry, which was previously devoid of a minister, citing a significant shortage of people, the editorial added. The editorial further added that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had previously discovered that it was lacking more than 277,000 security personnel, of which roughly 169,000 were required in Punjab alone, and had asked the services of 275,000 military from the interior ministry for election-related responsibilities. The ECP’s desire for election observers on the ground makes sense. Aside from several administrative and other factors, there has been an increase in militant strikes in recent months that target security forces, and the commission would prefer that nothing untoward occur near or on election day. (“Army duties,” Dawn, 25 January 2024)

PAKISTAN ELECTIONS 2024
PR Exclusive Update #53

Federal cabinet approves deployment of security forces on polling stations
On 23 January, the caretaker federal cabinet authorized the deployment of military and civilian armed forces personnel to polling places and vulnerable areas on 8 February. According to Dawn’s sources, the interior ministry moved a summary to the cabinet, proposing the army be sent in as a quick reaction force to uphold security and peace and make sure the election process runs smoothly. The summary stated that the army troops and civil armed forces to be stationed in sensitive regions will also serve as a fast response force. In a letter to the interior ministry, the ECP had previously mentioned that 277,558 more security personnel were required to guarantee secure and safe voting across the country. The federal and provincial governments provided the ECP with information indicating that there was a shortage of 169,110 workers in Punjab, 18,500 in Sindh, 56,717 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 13,769 in Balochistan, and 4,500 in Islamabad. Further, the letter urged that the Pakistan Army and other security forces be sent to voting places right away. (Syed Irfan Raza and Iftikhar A. Khan, “Army personnel to guard polling stations on Feb 8,” Dawn, 24 January 2024)
 
Imran Khan to replace nominees with suitable candidates if they don’t intensify the campaigns
On 23 January, amid a crackdown on party followers, Imran Khan warned that if the party’s endorsed candidates fail to intensify their campaigns and remain “inactive,” he would replace them with more “suitable candidates.” This statement was made after the hearing of the cipher case. Addressing reporters, Khan urged his party’s candidates to hold “massive rallies” and public events to demonstrate PTI’s influence in their areas. By 28 January, if the PTI electioneering did not gain momentum, he threatened to cancel their tickets. Khan said that the PTI's “camp offi­ces were also being uprooted” and that the party was being denied the basic right to campaign. Nevertheless, he confidently said that there was a chance his opponent “might run away from the elections” despite the purported support of the state machinery. (Malik Asad, “PTI founder says ‘inactive’ nominees to lose candidature,” Dawn, 24 January 2024)

Nawaz Sharif campaigns in the NA-130 constituency
On 23 January, Nawaz Sharif organized his first rally in his constituency, NA-130 (old city), to energize party members for the upcoming elections. Sharif and his daughter began the rally at Taxali Road, and they concluded it at Zila Katchery (district court) after touring other locations. Sharif returned to this constituency after several years away. The local PML-N leaders brought two lions, the party’s electoral symbol, to welcome Sharif before the rally began, but later took them away due to fears of criticism from animal rights activists. (Zulqernain Tahir, “Nawaz holds maiden rally in his Lahore constituency,” Dawn, 24 January 2024)
 
ECP to perform simulated tests for its transmission system
On 24 January, Dawn reported that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decided to carry out a simulated test of its system for transmitting and tabulating results with only 16 days remaining till the general elections. The four provincial election commissioners were given SOPs and guidelines with regard to the simulated exercise for the Election Management System (EMS) on 26 January. According to Dawn, the letter specified that until 25 January, returning officers (ROs) had to finalize and certify Forms 28 and 33 in the EMS and map the presiding officers to polling places. The letter further stated that on 25 January, all ROs would get a dummy Form-45, and on 26 January, they will request that the presiding officers submit the results of one to two pages for each NA and PA constituency via their mobile app. Subsequently, the EMS operators would begin data entry, after which the ROs will produce Form-47. These forms include information about the candidates as well as the number of polling places in each constituency. (Iftikhar A. Khan, “ECP plans test run of result transmission system,” Dawn, 24 January 2024)
 
Government refutes claims that 8 February polls will not be covered by international media
On 23 January, the caretaker Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting, and Parliamentary Affairs, Murtaza Solangi, denied the claim that there would be no foreign reporters or observers in Pakistan for the forthcoming elections, stating that the reports were untrue. Solangi said that a large number of foreign journalists had submitted visa applications to cover the elections. He disclosed that 32 requests were pending and 49 visas had been granted. Areas from which applications had been received include the UK, Russia, Japan, and South Africa. Solangi added that there were still multiple inquiries coming in from different foreign stations. The manual visa system in India was being used to process the 32 visa applications that were submitted at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. Solangi stated that the Pakistani Ministry of Information and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) were still taking applications for visas even though the 20 January deadline had passed. (“Govt dispels ‘rumours’ of no international coverage of Feb 8 polls,” The Express Tribune, 24 January 2024)
 
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari advocates the elimination of ‘politics of vendetta’
On 24 January, an editorial in Dawn titled, “Bilawal’s politics” stated that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has been promoting the elimination of the “politics of vendetta” that has long damaged the political environment at several recent political events in Punjab. The editorial states that his pleas might find resonance with people fed up with the country’s never-ending political turmoil, but they are a poll tactic to support his party, which has been reduced to Sindh and has lost its national anchorage over time. Zardari’s attempts to court PTI supporters while criticizing the PML-N’s leadership highlight a clever realization. According to the editorial, to strengthen the PPP’s position outside of Sindh, Zardari must win over those who may be too dejected to cast ballots following the PTI’s crackdown. To appear as though he is leading his party toward positive engagement, Zardari has cast the PML-N as a common enemy and publicly criticized the politics of division and hatred, the editorial added. The editorial added: “Poor governance, the temptation for parties to exact their pound of flesh, and the resort to currying favor with those outside the political realm have increasingly come to dominate the landscape.” (“Bilawal’s politics,” Dawn, 24 January 2024)
 
Editorial in Dawn on the “great leap backward” in democracy and elections
On 24 January, Zahid Hussain in an editorial in Dawn titled “New power game and polls” expressed disappointment with the electoral campaigns, questioning whether candidates were bringing anything new to the electorate. Campaigns are lacking in innovation, and political leaders appear to offer little new to the electorate. Nawaz Sharif, seemingly assured of a fourth term, has engaged in a “victimhood narrative,” stuck in the past and the “illusory golden period” that ensued during his term. The PML-N’s campaign is marked by populism, “personalised polemics,” and an absence of a concrete plan for the future, creating an atmosphere where the electoral battle is perceived as already won. The party is also devoid of any “outside or young blood,” as the Sharif’s continue dominating. Hussain mentioned that the crackdown on opposition parties, particularly the PTI, raises concerns about the democratic process. A democratic transition has been replaced with a “game of thrones.” Imran Khan, despite challenges, remains a “formidable” force, tapping into anti-establishment sentiments and a rejection of dynastic politics. The PML-N’s perceived alignment with the military adds complexity to the political landscape, highlighting the struggle for democracy in the upcoming elections. Hussain concluded by acknowledging the PML-N leadership as the main player in the elections, but warned that there can be no political stability with “tainted elections.” (Zahid Hussain, “New power game and polls,” Dawn, 24 January 2024)
 
Security issues pose significant challenge to forthcoming elections asserts an editorial in The Friday Times
On 23 January, Zalmary Azad in an editorial in The Friday Times titled “The 2024 Elections And Pakistan’s Security Landscape” highlighted that as Pakistan approaches the upcoming elections, security concerns pose a significant challenge, particularly with the persistent threat of terrorism. While commending the progress made, Azad points out the threat of “renewed violence,” especially with regard to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the Islamic State’s Khorasan Province (IS-KP). The editorial brought out past attacks on political figures, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Baluchistan, and emphasized the delicate balance needed to ensure both security and democratic participation. However, Azad pointed out that both the 2008 and 2013 elections also faced security threats, with ANP and PPP “practically expelled” from the election campaigns with the alleged aim of creating conditions “conducive to the victory” of a party. KP is currently facing the biggest threat, as the TTP is open to targeting those who oppose their ideology. Azad described Maulana Fazal’s Afghanistan trip as “futile,” as he could not secure any Afghan commitment on controlling TTP activities. The role played by Baloch militants against Islamabad-aligned political, and the IS-KP hostility to “the entire political spectrum” was also stressed on in the editorial. The reluctance of political figures to actively engage in the campaign due to security threats has made the issue more “pronounced,” while also leading to a lack of public interest in elections. Azad called for a comprehensive and “adaptable” security approach to safeguard the democratic process. (Zalmary Azad, “The 2024 Elections And Pakistan’s Security Landscape,” The Friday Times, 23 January 2024)

POLITICS
Caretaker Minister Gohar Ejaz given additional portfolio of Ministry of Interior
On 24 January, Gohar Ejaz, the caretaker Federal Minister for Commerce, Industries, and Production, was assigned the additional portfolio of the Ministry of Interior. This move came after former interior minister Sarfraz Bugti resigned from the position last month, citing personal reasons. Ejaz, who has assumed office as the 48th interior minister of Pakistan, will be responsible for overseeing security matters, especially during the upcoming elections. This assignment was made amid a rise in terror attacks, causing growing concerns over being able to safely carry out the election process. On 23 January, the caretaker federal cabinet made the decision to deploy troops and civil armed forces personnel on polling stations and sensitive constituencies. (Shakeel Qara & Nadir Guramani, “Gohar Ejaz appointed new caretaker interior minister,” Dawn, 25 January 2024)
 
ECP adjourns defamation case against Imran Khan and Fawad Chaudhry till after elections
On 24 January, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) postponed the hearing of the defamation case against Imran Khan and former PTI member Fawad Chaudhry until after the upcoming elections following a request from PTI lawyers. The ECP allowed Chaudhry to submit a response to a show-cause notice by 21 February. Khan’s lawyer requested the commission to defer the hearing and record witnesses’ statements after 15 February. The commission, headed by Member Sindh Nisar Durrani, adjourned the case until 20 February. The case has been pending for more than a year, and the ECP denied any bias towards a political party. (“ECP defers Imran, Fawad defamation case,” The Express Tribune, 25 January 2024)

JUDICIARY
Sindh High Court restrains authorities from suspending internet services till general elections
On 24 January, the Sindh High Court issued an order restraining relevant authorities from suspending internet services until the general elections of 8 February. The interim federal government and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) were directed to ensure uninterrupted internet services until polling day. The order came in response to a petition filed by human rights defender and lawyer Jibran Nasir. Nasir argued that the frequent internet outages in the country, coinciding with political events, were “unconstitutional.” He further stated that shutting down the internet should be held as “unconstitutional, illegal, disproportionate, unreasonable and without lawful authority.” The court directed the respondents to ensure “smooth and uninterrupted mobile internet and broadband services to have access to social media platforms/websites,” and issued pre-admission notices for 29 January. Since December 2023, internet services were affected thrice, and happened to coincide with the PTI’s virtual events, which Nasir described as “pre-poll rigging.” The PTA said that these disruptions were due to a “technical fault.” (“SHC bars internet suspensions until polls,” The Express Tribune, 25 January 2024)
 
An editorial in Dawn questions the efficacy of JIT
On 25 January, in an editorial titled “JIT is no answer” in Dawn, Shahab Usto questioned the government’s decision to form a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe a social media campaign against Supreme Court judges. Usto poses three critical questions, asking whether the JIT could “objectively ascertain the facts,” whether the facts would lead to the “targeting of judges,” and if the JIT’s findings would “save the judges from future attacks” amid internal divisions. The editorial explores the role of public servants, particularly judges, in democracies, emphasizing the necessity of accountability and public scrutiny. Usto argues that judges, like other public functionaries, must act in the interest of the people and face criticism for misconduct or “skewed judgments.” Drawing parallels with instances of public backlash against US Supreme Court judges, Usto highlights the necessity of “rules and principles that guide the conduct of members of the court.” The editorial notes instances of judges facing corruption charges or resigning under mysterious circumstances in the Pakistani context. Usto held the colonial model of ensuring deference for judges as ineffective in the face of public dissatisfaction. He contends that expecting a behavioral change from millions of dissatisfied citizens is “imprudent,” advocating instead for a “normative” shift. (Shahab Usto, “JIT is no answer,” Dawn, 25 January 2024)
 
CJP questions former deputy speaker’s constitutional actions
On 23 January, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Qazi Faez Isa, questioned why the former National Assembly deputy speaker, Qasim Khan Suri, should not face proceedings for allegedly violating the Constitution. The concern arose from Suri’s role in proroguing the assembly session without conducting a vote on the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan. Isa summoned Suri and directed him to file a concise statement. Additionally, the court sought a report on why Suri’s appeal challenging his de-seating remained pending for five years. Isa expressed regret over the prolonged delay, emphasizing the need to address violations of the Constitution and end interference in the Supreme Court’s internal system. He stated: “Any damage done to this institution, in fact, is damage done to all of us.” Further, he said that given the discrepancies, there is a chance that the court would have to “review the entire 2018 elections.” (Nasir Iqbal, “CJP hints at action against Qasim Suri for ‘abrogating Constitution,’ Dawn, 24 January 2024)

SECURITY
Pakistan on high alert following intelligence reports of terrorist threats
On 24 January, The Express Tribune reported that security forces in Pakistan were placed on high alert following intelligence reports suggesting potential terrorist activities orchestrated by banned groups, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The warning indicated the arrival of 17 suicide bombers in the country, prompting nationwide security measures. The TTP allegedly held a meeting in Kabul, outlining plans for attacks in January. Targeted areas include Tank in KP, Rawalpindi and Dera Ismail Khan in Punjab, Islamabad, and Quetta in Balochistan. Separately, Baloch sub-nationalists were reportedly planning attacks in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, with alleged support from India’s intelligence agency RAW. China’s Global Times cites “solid bits of evidence” of India supporting terrorism in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. (Saleh Mughal, “Security tightened amid terror alert,” The Express Tribune, 24 January 2024)

Militant attack on check post leaves policeman and two labourers dead
On 23 January, unknown militants targeted a police check post in Dera Ismail Khan, triggering a gun battle between the guards manning the area, and resulting in the death of a policeman and two labourers. After the first attack by the assailants, the police were able to use thermal cameras to repulse them; however, they launched a second attack. After a prolonged gunbattle, the attackers fled the scene. Search operations later recovered the dead bodies of a policeman and two labourers, with two other injured labourers receiving immediate medical attention. (Muhammad Irfan Mughal, “Cop, labourers martyred in D.I. Khan attack,” Dawn, 24 January 2024)
 
SOCIETY
Opinion in The News International emphasizes the need for reaping benefits of the “youth bulge”
On 24 January, Memoona Qazi in an opinion in The News International titled “The youth factor” described the demographic transition in Pakistan as marked by a stagnant population growth rate of around two per cent, thus raising concerns about reaping the demographic dividend. In order to gain economic benefits from the divided, there must be a “timely action of seizing” the opportunity. While the youth bulge in the 15–29 age group presents an opportunity, the country’s failure to achieve a “sustained decline in fertility” hampers the realization of economic benefits. Despite having a significant portion (58 per cent) in the working-age group, Qazi pointed out that high fertility rates and low labor force participation contribute to a high youth unemployment rate (11.6 per cent). She said that by “actualising the youth bulge” benefits can be reaped, and cited Dr Dure Nayyab, who stated that an increase in “working-age individuals” in the population could directly increase “overall productivity.” Nonetheless, this can only be achieved if it is complemented with an overall decline in fertility, and Pakistan’s failure to do so has made it difficult for “the youth potential to be actualised.” Qazi emphasized the need for timely action, including increased savings, education, and skilled labour force, to unlock the potential of Pakistan’s youth and mitigate associated risks. (Memoona Qazi, “The youth factor,” The News International, 24 January 2024)

ECONOMY
Kakar urges collective strategy to reduce circular debt in energy sector
On 24 January, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar directed the Ministry of Energy to formulate a strategy to eliminate the circular debt problem in Pakistan’s energy sector. During a meeting, Kakar emphasized the need for collective efforts from all stakeholders to reduce the circular debt, stating that measures had been taken for economic revival and anti-power theft operations. The meeting, which was attended by Federal ministers Dr Shamshad Akhtar and Muhammad Ali, also saw discussions on the present scenario of circular debt in the petroleum and energy sectors. The circular debt reportedly has increased to over Rs5.73 trillion — PKR 2.5tr power and PKR 3tr gas. (“Kakar urges action against circular debt,” The Express Tribune, 25 January 2024; Syed Irfan Raza, “Ready to upgrade CPEC, says Beijing,” Dawn, 25 January 2024)

Federal cabinet postpones restructuring of FBR, set-up a sub-committee for review
On 23 January, the federal cabinet postponed the proposed restructuring of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). This decision was taken as questions have been raised regarding the “mandate of the caretaker government” and also the complexities involved in the plan. In this regard, the privatization minister Fawad Hasan Fawad, pointed out the disjuncture between “the proposed plan” and “the country’s existing governance structure.” Similarly, Law Minister Ahmad Irfan Aslam also voiced concerns regarding the “legal mandate” of the caretaker government stating that Section 230 of the Election Act does not bestow such “vast powers” on the caretaker government. Taking into account these criticisms, a sub-committee has been formed to review the restructuring plan. The committee will be headed by the finance minister and include federal ministers for privatization, foreign affairs, commerce, energy, law and justice, and information technology. The committee will put for its views and give its recommendations on the reforms in the next cabinet meeting that is scheduled to be held on 30 January. (Shahbaz Rana, “Cabinet defers FBR restructuring,”The Express Tribune, 24 January 2024)

PROVINCE
Balochistan: BYC’s rival camp also ends protest in Islamabad
On 24 January, the Baloch Yekjehti Committee (BYC) called off its protest and vacated its campsite outside the National Press Club. The committee blamed “pressures from the police and other state institutions, along with the indifferent attitude of government functionaries” for withdrawal of their protest. Subsequently, their rival camp too withdrew from the campsite. Nawabzada Jamal Raisani visited the camp of the Balochistan Shuhada Forum (BSF) and announced the closure of their camp stating that their main demand “to establish a judicial commission has been met.” He further stated that he had highlighted two key demands in the meeting with the caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar- the establishment of a judicial commission for the martyrs of the province and release of “missing persons” who do not have any case pending against them. He also contested the claim they had followed the BYC to Islamabad. Earlier, Dr Mahrang Baloch who has led the BYC also stated before leaving the campsite that “they fulfilled their responsibility to highlight the issue of missing persons in Balochistan.” (Kalbe Ali, “Rivals follow suit as Baloch Yekjehti Committee protesters leave Islamabad,” Dawn, 25 January 2024)

Islamabad: Baloch Yakjehti committee ends month-long sit-in outside National Press Club
On 23 January, the Baloch Yakjehti Committee (BYC) concluded its nearly 30-day sit-in outside the National Press Club in Islamabad, protesting against “enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings” in Balochistan. Dr Mahrang Baloch, a key organizer, announced their return to Balochistan and plans for a rally on 27 January. The National Press Club (NPC) Islamabad had filed a complaint seeking the removal of Baloch protesters, citing security concerns and financial losses. Last month, Islamabad police had cracked down on the demonstrators, leading to arrests and criticism. The Islamabad High Court later directed officials to avoid disrupting the protest. (“After 30 Days, Baloch Protesters Call Off Sit-In In Federal Capital,” The Friday Times, 23 January 2024)

CPEC
Pakistan and China reiterate their commitment to CPEC
On 24 January, China reiterated its commitment to “upgrade the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)” and vowed to “accelerate the building of an even closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era.” In this regard, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated that “China stands ready to work with Pakistan to deliver on the important common understandings between the leaders of the two countries, deepen political mutual trust, and expand practical cooperation.” He also stated that China values Pakistan’s support to the “One-China principle” and will support Pakistan in “defending its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, stability, development and prosperity.” Additionally, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar also stated that Pakistan is reaping the benefits having on successful completion of  the first phase of CPEC, Pakistan is benefiting from “its early harvest projects” and is ready engage with China to execute the next phase.( Syed Irfan Raza, “Ready to upgrade CPEC, says Beijing,” Dawn, 25 January 2024)

PAKISTAN OCCUPIED KASHMIR
Gilgit- Baltistan: Protests against wheat price hike to intensify
On 23 January, Dawn reported that the Awami Action Committee (AAC) in Gilgit-Baltistan announced an escalation in protests against the recently hiked subsidized wheat prices. On 23 January, there was a protest march that began in Nagar and advanced towards Gilgit, with protestors chanting anti-government slogans. The next phase will involve a complete shutter-down strike in Skardu on 24 January, with shops, markets, and other businesses closing from 2 pm onwards. Region-wide protests are planned from 26 January, and a central protest is scheduled in Garibagh. The AAC demanded the reversal of the wheat price hike, improved electricity supply, and the repeal of the finance bill. AAC chief organizer Ehsan Ali said that if this plan did not work, a ‘Plan C’ would be announced on 27 January. The demonstrations have been ongoing for over a month, with GB’s transport association and drivers’ union leaders also joining. Protestors have clarified that their demands go beyond the wheat price hike reversal and include the fulfilment of other demands, while expressing dissatisfaction with the minimal government response both at the national and provincial levels. (Jamil Nagri, “GB wheat protests set to intensify from today,” Dawn, 24 January 2024)

 

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 “Recently explored healthcare facilities in Qatar & engaged with industry employers. Impressed by their world-class standards!  Global demand for healthcare professionals is rising. It's time for Pakistan to skill up & seize these opportunities for our workforce.”
-Jawad Sohrab
 
“Mr ImranKhan PTI told media persons that the caretaker government, a few individuals in the establishment and the Election Commission of Pakistan are united against his party.”
-Asad Ali Toor
 
“Dr. Mahrang Baloch said that she would go to Balochistan and pass the message to her generation about how Pakistan state has been treating Baloch.”
-Veengas

“Section 144 during election campaign. Has caretaker governments gone crazy. Never saw this in any previous elections in Pakistan history. Just shows how scared the present setup is with IK wave engulfing entire Pakistan from Karachi to Khyber.”
-Dr Javid Khan
 
“All state machinery is being used in NA 89 Mianwali (Imran Khan Constituency) to prevent the campaign of Pakistan Tehreek Insaf. Houses are being raided, workers arrested and harassed. No one is allowed to do any campaign of PTI.”
- Abuzar Salman Niazi
 
“The women of Pakistan must vote for a leader who respects and protects the women regardless of political affiliations.”
- Maleeha Manzoor
 

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Dawn Prism, ‘76 years on, Pakistan’s minorities struggle to make their voice heard through the ballot’
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Inam Ul Haque, ‘Iran’s revisionist misadventure — taking Pakistan for granted
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 “The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) with blessings from the top Iranian leadership carried out a combined drone and missile strike in Sabz Koh area in Panjgur District of Pakistani Balochistan on 16th January 2024, to target Jaish-el-Adl, Iran’s disenfranchised Baloch Sunni militant group. Pakistan after waiting for some plausible explanation or an apology from Tehran (in fact there were celebrations), retaliated on 18th January. In operation Marg Bar Sarmachar (Death to Militant), using “killer drones, rockets, loitering munitions, and stand-off weapons”, it targeted Baloch militants of BLA and BLF in Iran’s Sistan-o-Balochistan Province. There are wild speculations about Iran’s motives for such attacks. Firstly, Iran is a revisionist state that exports its ideology and brand. So far, it was expanding its sphere of influence through proxies, Hizbullah, Hamas and Houthis, its “Axis of Resistance”. However, on 15 January, Iran fired ballistic missiles at Syria and Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq from Iran proper, opening a new phase in its geo-strategy, that of direct involvement.”
 
Abdul Sattar, ‘How to achieve economic prosperity
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Iftikhar Ahmed, ‘SDGs & Pakistan: navigating challenges for inclusive growth
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“The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 global objectives adopted by the UN in 2015, serve as a blueprint for addressing pressing socio-economic and environmental challenges by 2030. The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, is a global demand for action to alleviate absolute poverty in all its forms, ensure the protection of the planet and guarantee peace and prosperity for all individuals. Pakistan has demonstrated a laudable commitment to the pursuit of these goals as being the first country to endorse the 2030 Agenda globally in 2015. In the same context, a dedicated SDGs Section has been established at the federal level in the Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives for monitoring and coordination as a national coordinating entity. A Parliamentary SDGs Secretariat founded at the National Assembly started a legislation process as the foremost and very critical step in mainstreaming and localizing the SDGs. In the same backdrop, SDGs in Pakistan have been prioritized in three wide-ranging and interconnected sets of priorities intended to address global challenges and foster sustainable development as outlined in Agenda 2030.”
 
Editorial, ‘Spend on schools
The News International, 24 January 2024
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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

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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

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

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

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The new ‘Austerity Measures’

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

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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

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Imran Khan will not attend the All Parties Conference

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Nawaz Sharif comments on Punjab assembly dissolution

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

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

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

Elahi passes the no- confidence test in the assembly

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PTI leaders get arrest warrants in contempt case by ECP

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

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

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Political parties urge Imran Khan to return to parliament

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

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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

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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;