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22 August 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.189

Imran Khan blames ‘neutrals’ for the ongoing crackdown on the PTI



All 24 members of the Fund’s executive board receiving copies of a staff report required to complete the process, PTI's leading in Karachi by-election and Pakistan works on reviewing a proposal to reciece upfront cost for CPEC projects

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In Brief
INTERNAL
Imran Khan blames ‘neutrals’ for the ongoing crackdown on the PTI
On 21 August, Imran Khan while addressing a political gathering at Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh alleged that the ‘neutrals’ in reference to the military establishment, were responsible for the ongoing crackdown on the PTI. He said, “On May 25, when the police used violence against us, I was told by insiders that the police were ordered from above, which means that neutrals pressurised them to give PTI workers a thrashing,” Mr Khan said and questioned whether the “neutrals were really neutral.” Further, on the ECP he claimed, “The chief election commission[er] is giving every decision against us … I got information from the inside that he [the CEC] was not doing anything on his own but there was pressure from above.”

Further, he claimed that the PTI was the “biggest party at the federal level” and any attempts to break the party would hurt the country, adding, “Political parties are the glue that keeps the country together.”

Following this, Imran Khan was booked under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (punishment for acts of terrorism) regarding his comments at his Islamabad rally. Later on, 22 August, the PTI issued a warning stating that Imran Khan would be a “red line”, as reports of Imran Khan’s imminent arrest made the rounds. Meanwhile, Imran Khan moved the Islamabad High Court seeking pre-arrest bail.

The PTI has also decided approach the court against the bad imposed by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Imran Khan’s live telecast. (Tahir Naseer, “Pakistan ‘over-financed’: SBP acting governor,” Dawn, 22 August 2022; “Imran moves IHC for pre-arrest bail in terrorism case,” Dawn, 22 August 2022; Aamir Yasin, “PTI chief alleges ‘neutrals’ behind crackdown on party,” Dawn, 22 August 2022; “PTI warns Imran Khan a ‘red line’ as reports of warrants for his arrest make rounds,” Dawn, 22 August 2022; Ikram Junaidi, “PTI to challenge ban on live telecast of Imran’s speeches,” Dawn, 22 August 2022; “Imran fires ‘warning shots’ at police and judiciary,” Dawn, 22 August 2022)

PTI’s Woman leader shot dead
On 20 August, PTI local woman leader Nargis Mengal was shot dead by unknown armed men in the capital. Armed men on a motorcycle opened fire at Nargis Mengal near Shaheen Bungalows, killing her on the spot. Hospital officials said that she had several bullet injuries which caused her instant death. (Saleem Shahid, “PTI’s woman leader Nargis Mengal shot dead,” Dawn, 22 August 2022)

ON CPEC
Pakistan to review proposal to recieve upfront cost for CPEC projects
On 21 August, Pakistan is reviewing a proposal to receive upfront 20 per cent of the total cost of five China- CPEC projects as deposits in the central bank in a bid to get breathing space amid declining foreign exchange reserves. As per the proposal, Pakistan can receive at least USD 1.4 billion in its central bank out of the total cost of USD seven billion. In return, these five projects that are facing years of delay will be put on the fast track for implementation. According to the proposal, Chinese companies will not be allowed to take back these funds in any shape, including for opening Letters of Credit. (Shahbaz Rana, “Pakistan mulls taking upfront cost,” The Express Tribune, 22 August 2022)

ON GILGIT BALTISTAN
Revenue authority to be set up through legislation
 On 20 August, Assembly passed legislation to set up a revenue authority. The bill titled “Gilgit-Baltistan Revenue Authority Bill 2022” was tabled by Javed Ali Manwa and passed with a majority, with four opposition members also voting in favour of the bill. (Jamil Nagri, “Bill passed to set up GB revenue authority,” Dawn, 21 August 2022)

ECONOMY
PTI on a comfortable lead in Karachi by-election
On 21 August, by-election on NA-245 was conducted. According to unofficial results, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) won the by-election of Karachi’s NA-245 and retained its mandate from the constituency in a major boost to the party a week before the local bodies’ elections in the city giving setback to MQM and TLP. PTI Sindh chapter president Ali Zaidi tweeted: “The result of NA-245 proves that the people of Pakistan are behind Imran Khan. If the imported government makes any foolish move to arrest Imran Khan, I fear the people of Pakistan would block the whole country.” (Imran Ayub, “In major boost, PTI wins Karachi by-election,” Dawn, 22 August 2022)

IMF board members get staff reports
On 21 August, Pakistan moved closer to clinching a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as all 24 members of the Fund’s executive board have received copies of a staff report required to complete the process. The board is meeting on 29 August to consider the report on the completion of seventh and eighth reviews of USD 6 billion loan package signed in 2019. The board will also consider to extend the facility till June 2023. A diplomatic source on the question of outcome of current agreement told Dawn: “But the present government has taken the sting out of anti-corruption tools, which may encourage corruption. The IMF would prefer to have an arrangement that could curb corruption but was not restrictive.” (Anwar Iqbal, “IMF board members get staff reports,” Dawn, 22 August 2022)
 
EXTERNAL
Jordanian princess in Pakistan to review nutrition programme
On 21 August, Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan arrived in Karachi on a week-long visit to Pakistan in her role as a Special Adviser on Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition of the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP). She will visit several nutrition projects to see how the government was addressing malnutrition and particularly stunting that affects 12 million or up to two-thirds of children in Pakistan. She will also visit the Benazir Income Support Programme to review the progress of Benazir Nashonuma Programme. (Amin Ahmed, “Jordanian princess arrives to review nutrition programme,” Dawn, 22 August 2022)

 

Pakistan on Twitter

"Pakistan's future lies in human capital formation with a focus on education, health & justice. Anything deviating from this path is anti-people.All reforms, no matter the time they take & pain they carry, should converge on this single point.This is where politics should compete."
-Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif

"Tehreek-e-Insaaf sources are claiming that Imran Khan is present in Bani Gala. If he is present in Bani Gala and the party leaders are also with him, then in a while this leader will release a video statement of Khan Sahib and clarify the situation. will give."
-Hamid Mir, Journalist 

"If your only strategy to defeat a rival is to engage in censorship and engineer a technical knock out, you have already accepted defeat in the people's court. Increasingly appears PDM government has chosen this disastrous path."
-Ammar Ali Jan, Member of the Haqooq-e-Khalq Movement (HKM)

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Maleeha Lodhi, Economic cost of uncertainty
Dawn, 22 August 2022
The irony is that all major political parties actually agree on the fundamental elements of economic policy…Despite this convergence, their efforts to seek political mileage drives them in the opposite direction, which puts the accent on their divergences at the cost of the country’s economic stability.

Syed Kaleem Imam, Apolitical policing
Dawn, 22 August 2022
After 75 years of experimentation, it should be clear by now that interference in the police’s work has only imperilled our lives and honour, denied citizens of their right to protection, as well as brought us to disrepute in the international community. The people of our country deserve better.

Huma Yusuf, Beyond legislation
Dawn, 22 August 2022
Pakistan has a less precious relationship with its reputation, and feels no threat from the media or civil society. And its sociopolitical dynamics, as they veer to extremes, are likely to enable rather than condemn the future use of torture. Sadly, irrespective of what laws end up in the books, torture is likely to persist as a national shame until we reweave our national fabric.

Editorial, Climate catastrophe
Dawn, 22 August 2022
Climate change is no longer an abstract doomsayer’s warning: the climate has changed, and it has caught us completely unprepared…The changing climate requires a bottom-up approach to adaptation if we want to survive. That should be the primary focus once the reconstruction starts.

Editorial, Agricultural reform
Dawn, 22 August 2022
If this sector is to be turned around and to contribute to economic growth, the government will have to radically overhaul its agricultural policies, keeping smallholder farmers at the centre. There is no shortcut to food security and economic prosperity.

Editorial, Suicides in Chitral
Dawn, 22 August 2022
It is unfortunate that the incidence and causes of suicide remain under-researched in Pakistan… he authorities should take valuable lessons from the Chitral study to reorient their social and economic development priorities. True development stems from a change in behaviour, and not merely from an increase in the number of schools, colleges and jobs.

Editorial, Belligerent politics
The News International, 22 August 2022
The PDM government was expected to be different, but has gone right back to short-term, petty politics. Ideally, the constitution and the law should take their course – without resorting to colonial-era tools of suppression like threats of treason or sedition. Unfortunately, idealism has little space in today’s politics in Pakistan.

Nadeem Iqbal, Cost of living
The News International, 22 August 2022
The need is to develop a price management structure with active consumer groups’ engagement. The decisions should be based on district-level statistics of demand and supply of essential commodities and future price projections. Otherwise, even though inflation may subside because of some macroeconomics factors, consumers remain vulnerable to commercial exploitation in violation of constitutional principles of policy.

Saad Ur Rehman Khan, A new kind of politics
The News International, 22 August 2022
Khan’s sway over the people appears to be winning them over, and perhaps this is why there is so much focus on the PTI’s ‘record-breaking rallies’ over social media. Khan’s stint at the Throne may have been short-lived, but his tactics to influence the people remain very much relevant to what resonates with the majority of people in Pakistan.

Editorial, Adhere to reason
The News International, 22 August 2022
It goes without saying that in an era of social media empowerment, official bans on electronic media have lost their veracity. Similarly, clamping down on political mobilisation, freedom of speech and association stand ultra vires to the Constitution, and no democratic government can go ahead with it…Politics of point-scoring are detrimental to national interests.

Editorial, The deadly inflation
The News International, 22 August 2022
The SBP governor’s formal appointment after a hiatus of four months, likewise, should come to bail out the ad hoc decision-making process. The incumbent is the first to be appointed on the heels of a constitutional amendment empowering the central bank, and it is high time for him to manage the intricacies of exchange and interest rates, as well as the scourge of inflation.

 

"The devastation caused by this monsoon’s floods is far worse than the government or anyone could have predicted…However, what is worrying is that such a nationwide crisis is not getting the attention it deserves. News discourse and the priorities of politicians and the parliament are dominated by political and economic issues when this is an existential threat impacting the most disadvantaged."

-An editorial in The Nation on ‘Monsoon Floods

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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;