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From Bajwa doctrine, judicial activism to executive’s shrinking domain in Pakistan

Ansar Abbasi ISLAMABAD: Bajwa doctrine goes beyond the military’s constitutional mandate, and at times so does the judicial activism of Hon’ble Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. Both overstep the civil government’s domain, yet it becomes difficult to defend the latter’s case convincingly when the executive too failed to deliver and …

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Paradoxes of an ‘abnormal state’

Imtiaz Alam Pakistan is not a ‘normal country’ due to its paradoxes and fault-lines, particularly when an impression to this effect comes from defenders of our frontiers, at a time when everything is imploding – from the balance of payments to the balance of the constitutional division of power. Conflicts …

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Provincial autonomy in Pakistan and the army

Khurram Husain   THE recent remarks attributed to the army chief in a widely read newspaper report saying that the 18th Amendment presents a serious problem bigger than the six points of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman deserve some reflection. The remarks were never officially disowned by the army itself, attesting to their authenticity. Many …

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Pakistan attempts to allay concerns over Chinese influence

REUTERS ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expects net foreign direct investment (FDI) to jump about 60 percent in 2017/2018, the chairman of Pakistan’s Board of Investment said, but some Western investors appear to be put off by China’s growing influence in the South Asian nation. Chinese companies are building roads, power stations and …

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Is it the chief’s ‘doctrine’?

Zahid Hussain MYTHS are often woven around men in power. Now we hear about a ‘Bajwa doctrine’ — a term used by some media circles and, indeed, by the ISPR chief himself in an interview with a TV channel. Going by this so-called doctrine, it would seem that the army chief has a grand …

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THE ROAD OUT OF GWADAR

Shah Meer Baloch Twenty-three billion rupees. This is the cost of ‘Motorway 8’ (M-8), which (ought to) connect the port city of Gwadar in Balochistan with Ratodero, Sindh. Forget the cost; It’s the status of this “motorway” that is intriguing: complete yet incomplete, secure yet insecure. There is great buzz …

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‘CPEC is a loan, not a giveaway from China,’ says OICCI president

The money being poured in the power and transport infrastructure under the multi-billion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative will improve Pakistan’s competitiveness internationally and link it with more countries than it is doing business with at present. That will create a huge space for foreign direct investment in the …

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CPEC, Chabahar and Indian challenge

Shahid Jameel Since the start of the global war on terror by the US and coalition forces in Afghanistan in 2001, India has been struggling to propagate that Pakistan was the epicentre of terrorism in the region. India has been doing that with two main objectives; one, to alienate the …

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Efforts to educate Balochistan will truly come to fruition when guns are set aside

Zubeda Mustafa THE infamous legacy of ‘enforced disappearances’ that the Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet left behind has, unfortunately, been picked up by Pakistan. This phenomenon is today a source of great human agony in the country with thousands believed to have been abducted, many for political reasons. Balochistan has …

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Democracy’s reversal

I A Rehman THE dust raised by the Senate elections will take time to settle. The election of a member from Balochistan as the Senate chairmanwould have been considered a step towards democratic development if the manoeuvring that preceded it had been above board. But as the sun went down last …

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