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AT the conclusion of the Panama Papers hearings in the Supreme Court, Justice Asif Khosa, head of the special five-member bench, emphasised that the justices would analyse the matter in depth and would therefore need some time. That was on Feb 23. In the nearly six weeks from then, the Panama Papers issue and the political fate of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have remained where they have been for a year now — at the centre of the national political discourse. Indeed, yesterday marked one year since the Panama Papers were made public, triggering an international outcry and ensnaring wealthy, politically connected individuals across the globe. The Justice Khosa-led SC bench was right to call for political and media restraint throughout the hearings and it has been right to not succumb to outside pressure for a quick judgement or short order. Yet, an argument can be made that further delay and the political paralysis that it will bring are undesirable and it is time for a definitive and well-substantiated decision by the court.

 
It’s now official: Pakistan’s much acclaimed former Army Chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif is heading for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to take up command of the yet-to-be-formed and Saudi-led 39-country Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT). The alliance has been variously described by pundits as an Islamic Nato.  
 

Pakistan would be Asia's and Gwadar Pakistan's tiger with the completion of projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Nawaz Sharif at a recent public meeting held in Balochistan's port city.

  Pakistan would be Asia's and Gwadar Pakistan's tiger with the completion of projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Nawaz Sharif at a recent public meeting held in Balochistan's port city.
 

OVER the past few months, greater transparency has led to more details emerging regarding some important aspects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

 

WILL the newly enacted Sindh Trans­parency and Right to Information Act 2016 be a harbinger of transparency in Sindh? The answer to this question lies in understanding the roles played by the provincial bureaucracy, the Sindh government and civil society groups in the enactment of this law

 
IT is now official. Retired Gen Raheel Sharif will soon be taking over the command of the so-called Islamic army that is still to take shape.   
 
AT present, there exist two opposing narratives of Pakistan’s economic performance. The rosier one, predicting great things to come, is perpetuated by the government’s economic managers. Any questions are quickly brushed aside by pointing out that credit rating agencies have given Pakistan’s economic management a thumbs up. But what exactly is this business of credit ratings, and should we take it seriously?  
 
For Pakistan it was a dream come true. When Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Islamabad in April 2015, he pledged a whopping Rs 3,00,894 crore for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).   
 

FOR no other known reason but to avoid being seen as violating the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), India sent a 10-member delegation to Pakistan from March 20 to 21, for the 113th meeting of the Permanent Indus Waters Commission.

 

MANY in Lahore are expressing their happiness over what is viewed in some circles here as containment of Jamiat. There are a number of friends who are ready to pat on the back the Pathans and the Baloch who have taken on the might of the once untameable monster that the Jamaat-i-Islami has nurtured under its protective wings.

 


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