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All over the world, the force of law is recognised as the most essential factor to ensure that there is an acceptable level of performance in occupational health, safety and environment (HSE) in industry. Pakistan, in theory, is a highly regulated country on account of various laws inherited from the Raj, such as Mines Act, 1923; Factories Act, 1934; and Petroleum Act, 1934.

 

 Discussions about promoting a positive image of Pakistan abroad are not new. In their more frequent and familiar iterations, they have involved choreographed presentations by one or another politician, or perhaps a performance of folk music.

 

There's much hustle and bustle these days in the chambers of bureaucrats and officers working for the Sindh Planning and Development Department and in local institutions eg KMC. The core activity is the preparation of projects for the Annual Deve­lop­ment Programme. True, the chief minister has approved Rs2 billion for a few road repair and health projects, but is this enough?

 

Three years have passed since the brothers Sharif stood gleefully on their Model Town residence terrace shortly before midnight on a balmy Saturday night. That night, they presumably looked ahead towards five years at the helm with cautious optimism. Optimism — on the back of their emphatic victory; and caution —- well, they’d been there before and knew that things don’t always quite work out.

 
 

Activist and blogger Khurram Zaki was shot and killed last week in Karachi. He was known for his vocal criticism of the Pakistan-based jihadists and anti-Shia sectarian terrorists.

 

It is good news when the media begins to report honestly in Pakistan, not hiding news it doesn’t like or fears. Pakistan seems to be recovering from the swoon it had succumbed to when terrorism was stronger than the state. The Nation on April 23, 2016 reported that Hafiz Saeed “LeT/JuD” chief, a “globally declared terrorist, addressed the students of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore”.

 
 

Pakistan is on the road to achieving an economic transformation through its partnership with the People’s Republic of China, which has pledged $46 billion towards various projects aimed at catalysing infrastructural development in Pakistan.

 
 

The three cold-blooded murders that shook the nation last week had no links with each other. Yet those three separate incidents have something in common. A young schoolgirl killed and her body burnt (there are also reports she was burnt alive) in Abbottabad on the orders of a local jirga for helping her friend run away from home; a political activist tortured to death in custody by Rangers in Karachi; and a rights activist gunned down in the metropolis by an unknown assailant.

 
 

In my engagement with media, I found some confusion: how should we read the fact that the US government and lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have put a hold on the money have presented different viewpoints? The administration notified the Hill that the F-16 deal is in US national interest. Then why the negative reaction?

 
 

A  group of Pakistani Dalits in Mirpurkhas gathered at their town hall recently. They vowed to initiate a movement to assert their distinct political identity, and fight for their communities’ rights.

 


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