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Duplicity of Pakistani Car Manufacturers
Friday, August 08, 2014

I was very happy to have Japanese car makers manufacturing their latest cars in Pakistan.

Pakistan gets $230m loans to cushion forex reserves
Saturday, September 09, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has received two short-term loans worth $230 million from international creditors, meant to keep the official foreign exchange...

Reko Diq gold mine project: Pakistan may face $11.5-billion penalty
Thursday, July 13, 2017

ISLAMABAD: An arbitration tribunal of the World Bank has ruled in favor of Tethyan Copper Company Pvt Ltd (TCC) in a case involving the Reko Diq gold...

Pakistan borrows another $700m to ease pressure off reserves
Friday, June 30, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has obtained another $700 million loan from a European commercial bank for 10 years in a bid to take pressure off its foreign...

Oil prices rise as Arab states cut ties with Qatar
Monday, June 05, 2017

Oil rose on Monday after top crude exporter Saudi Arabia and other Arab states cut ties with Qatar, driving up prices on concerns over increased...

China to invest $50b to develop Indus River Cascade
Saturday, May 13, 2017

ISLAMABAD: In a major development that may attract $50 billion Chinese investment to Pakistan, Islamabad is expected to sign an MoU with Beijing on...

Power politics leaves Karachi streets in darkness
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

KARACHI: Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, is home to as many as 14.9 million people. There was a time when the metropolis was known as the city of...

Is the NA-120 by-election a preview of PTI’s prospects in the upcoming 2018 elections?
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The voters of NA-120 have given their verdict and have elected Kulsoom Nawaz by a healthy, though reduced, margin of around 14,000 votes.

Diplomatic demarche: Pakistan protests use of Swiss soil by BLA terrorists
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Swiss Ambassador-designate Thomas Kolly got an earful after being summoned to the Foreign Office by Additional Secretary for Europe Zaheer...

Why is Pakistan assumed to be the only saviour of the entire Islamic world?
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Many individuals have been crying hoarse over how the Pakistan Army should be sent to Myanmar to help out the Rohingya Muslims that are being...

Benazir Bhutto’s assassination was carefully planned, politically motivated and amply funded – but who did it?
Monday, September 11, 2017

Every movie buff has their favourite action movie star – mine is Mark Wahlberg. He has acted in several high octane, action-packed and successful...

Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state and the world needs to stop maligning its efforts with baseless propaganda
Friday, June 30, 2017

History testifies to the fact that Pakistan was a great supporter of the Atoms for Peace initiative and had no designs to acquire nuclear weapons....

India could launch 'preemptive' nuclear strike against Pakistan, says expert
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

India could launch a pre-emptive first strike against Pakistan if it feared a nuclear attack was imminent, a leading nuclear strategist has...

Will Operation Raddul Fasaad be effective?
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

February 17, 2017: Within hours of the Sehwan attack, terrorist hideouts are magically discovered all over the country and over a hundred “militants”...

Let’s fake it
Monday, December 26, 2016

This week, our defence minister Khawaja Asif directed a nuclear threat to Israel in response to a news report that quoted the Israeli defence...

Army engagement in Waziristan to last until 2019
Friday, September 04, 2015

ISLAMABAD: As part of a fresh strategy to prevent incursion of supporters of Taliban and Islamic State through the Afghan border, Pakistan’s armed...

KP education dept retracts decision to hold centralised exams
Monday, February 15, 2016

PESHAWAR: The Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) Department’s sudden decision not to hold centralised examinations of grade-V and...

City managers in a fix about schools in residential areas
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

ISLAMABAD: City managers are in a fix about taking action against 293 private schools functioning in residential areas in violation of the CDA...

Rifts within Karachi intermediate education board deepen
Wednesday, October 07, 2015

KARACHI: All is not well at the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), it was evident on Tuesday after several staffers, teachers and...

Community Based Interventions- Protecting the Right to Learn
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pakistan has suffered from the worst attacks on education than any country in the world.

Living Colours: Saya School casts a long shadow
Thursday, July 02, 2015

Everyone talks about the plight of out-of-school children in Pakistan, but very few seem to be doing something about it. One of those select few is...

Opp stages walkout in PA over worst power outages so far
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

LAHORE: Opposition on Monday walked out of the Punjab Assembly to protest against “worst loadshedding in the country’s history” and demanded...

Hundreds dead, as monsoon rains heap misery on Asia
Monday, August 03, 2015

YANGON: Monsoon rains have claimed the lives of hundreds of people across Asia, authorities said on Monday, as rescue workers scrambled to reach...

Defeating terrorism: Dormant ISI-NDS deal back on table
Monday, February 08, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan are likely to discuss the revival of an agreement between their top spy agencies in a latest move by the two...

Afghan reconciliation process: Sartaj kicks off four-nation meeting with four guiding points
Monday, January 11, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Monday opened a meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Committee (QCC)...

PM Nawaz at SCO: Pakistan facing challenges to territorial integrity
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

ZHENGZHOU: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while attending the 14th Heads of Government Council meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in...

Breakthrough at Heart of Asia: Kabul agrees to restart dialogue with reconcilable Taliban
Thursday, December 10, 2015

ISLAMABAD: The Afghan government on Wednesday agreed to restart dialogue with ‘reconcilable’ Taliban with the help of Pakistan, the United States and...

Non-implementation of UNSC resolutions on Kashmir travesty of law and morality: Lodhi
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi at the UN said that the non-implementation of long-standing...

Why an independent Kashmir is not good news for both Pakistan and India
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In a previous blog that discussed the implications of President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy, I suggested that Pakistan requires a...

The media is relentless in its pursuit of exclusives, and Kashmir is always a good harvest
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Me: “So why don’t you start studying again?”

Why the world isn’t talking about Kashmir
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Today, the trend lines for Jammu and Kashmir are quite troubling, to say the least.

Is India losing Kashmir?
Friday, May 05, 2017

As India’s most restive region stares down the abyss of what a commentator calls another “hot summer of violence”, the doom-laden headline has...

THE MEDIA MUDDLE
Thursday, September 18, 2014

“The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power....

Islamic scholars reiterate support for polio eradication programme
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ISLAMABAD: National Islamic Advisory Group (NIAG) on Tuesday reiterated continued support for the polio eradication programme in Pakistan and efforts...

10 sehri meals to keep your energy level high during Ramazan
Monday, May 29, 2017

The holy month of Ramazan is here and that calls for a steady diet plan for all the rozedars. The pre-dawn meal or sehri is the most important meal...

Govt hospitals in Rawalpindi facing shortage of ventilators
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

RAWALPINDI: When the 70-year-old father of Nasir Hussein, a resident of Rawalpindi, went through respiratory failure after combating high blood...

Conditions in teaching hospitals unsatisfactory, says PMDC president
Thursday, February 18, 2016

ISLAMABAD: During surprise visits to medical colleges, the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) found the conditions of their teaching...

Islamabad anti-polio efforts worst in the country
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Over the past few years, the federal capital has become more vulnerable to the polio virus, mainly due to a lack of human resources,...

Pakistan’s Ignored Rural Areas
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Five regional cities should be upgraded within the provinces in Pakistan:

Safoora, Sabeen cases convicts challenge death sentence
Thursday, June 30, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Five convicts of the Safoora Goth carnage and Sabeen Mahmud murder cases challenged their death sentence in a military court of appeal on...

Court rejects bail plea of accused in Imran Farooq murder case
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday rejected the post-arrest bail application of Moazzam Ali, an under trial accused in the Dr Imran...

Top court allows Musharraf to travel, name to be struck off ECL
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday ordered the removal of former president Pervez Musharraf's name from the Exit Control List (ECL),...

Verdict reserved in Justice Chaudhry bullet-proof car case
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

ISLAMABAD: After the concluding argument from the federal government that former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry could not...

Amjad Kayani appears before NAB in DHA scam
Thursday, February 04, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Retired Brigadier Amjad Kayani, a brother of former Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, appeared before the National...

The freedom to make or amend constitutional laws is Pakistan’s fundamental flaw
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi recently remarked that Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution may be scrapped with the consultation of all parties....

Sindh govt, Rangers still at odds over policing powers extension
Thursday, July 21, 2016

KARACHI/HYDERABAD: A day after the expiry of the tenure of Rangers’ special powers, the Pakistan Peoples Party-led provincial government appears to...

Rangers have mandate to operate in Karachi, not in whole province CM
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Tuesday moved to consolidate its position amid the ongoing debate on its strained relations with the Pakistan...

Qaim orders setting up of separate force for judges security
Monday, July 18, 2016

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah ordered on Sunday creating of a separate force to provide foolproof security to the judiciary in the...

Army to monitor schools health centres in Fata
Thursday, July 14, 2016

PESHAWAR: As active combat operations are reaching their ultimate end, the Army has assumed the monitoring role in education and health sectors in...

For Muslims in Pakistan, providing food for guests at funerals is a cultural obligation, not an Islamic one
Monday, September 18, 2017

Recently, my friend attended the funeral of her grandfather, the former Federal Minister Khalid Kharal. During the funeral, she realised the immense...

The idea that created Pakistan
Thursday, December 25, 2014

There’s a war on in Pakistan and it’s largely existentialist in nature. It’s a war for the mind, body and soul of the idea that drove the ‘Pakistan...

Polygamy: a choice or an exception?
Monday, December 15, 2014

The Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani issued statements regarding child marriages and polygamy in...

Alcohol consumption in Pakistan: Don't mix sin with crime
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Consuming pork is sinful and forbidden in Islam. However, Islamic law does not prescribe whipping or incarceration to those who consume pork. The...

BOOTA SINGH
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The nightmare of exodus as a result of the Great Divide of India in Aug. 1947 did not efface the bitter memories even after its subsequent march...

Global Humanity in Search of Peace, Not War
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The UNO originated from the belief and commitment to avert futuristic wars by men of new ideas pursuing peaceful means, diplomacy and accountability...

Man and Humanity in Search of Peace Not Wars
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Human nature longs for peace and harmony not violence and conflict. Nobody can invent peace, it needs to be discovered out of the planned efforts to...

The Taliban guide to state maneuvering
Thursday, May 01, 2014

TTP has ended its one month long cease fire, announcing it would not resume attacks against the public but will only act in self defense.

Frail roar of the lion- curtain raiser of the by election
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Although people of Pakistan were not expecting any major change through this by-election, as by-elections have never been surprising in the past, a...

No, Maryam Nawaz can never emulate Benazir Bhutto or her political legacy
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Amidst the uproar of the joint investigation team (JIT) findings over the Panama Leaks case, some people began comparing Maryam Nawaz Sharif to...

JIT and Nawaz Sharif’s fate: Five questions every Pakistani is asking about how it happened and what happens now?
Sunday, July 16, 2017

On April 20, 2017, a five-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan passed its order in Constitutional Petition Number 29 of 2016, commonly known...

GameOver: Nawaz Sharif now has only two options – resign or be forced to resign
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Alas, the unthinkable has happened. The eagerly anticipated joint investigation team (JIT) findings have implicated the members of the ruling Sharif...

Yeh bik gayi hai gormint
Thursday, July 13, 2017

I am a lawyer who decided to be a comedian. I never thought my two worlds would collide so perfectly one day. I have used all of my legal knowledge...

Misconceptions about Shia Islam: A Sunni perspective
Friday, October 30, 2015

The start of holy month of Moharram witnesses a serious debate regarding Shia Islam amongst the Sunni Muslims of Pakistan. Unfortunately in many of...

Food for thought
Tuesday, December 02, 2014

We are living in the 21st century, yet our minds are held in the Stone Age. We consider ourselves true Muslims by giving minorities their right, but...

Sharia and its misuse
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Recently the kingdom of Brunei Darussalam announced it would adopt sharia. It is the first country in Southeast Asia to do so.

How this Pakistani built a billion-dollar startup
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Mudassir Sheikha is the CEO and co-founder of ride-hailing app Careem, one of the hottest startups on the Asian continent.

This Pakistani startup promises to deliver Amazon and eBay goods in a week. Should you try it?
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Imagine if you could visit any online retailer in the world, buy what you like and have it delivered to your doorstep in Karachi or Lahore in a week.

Taking sides with technology
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

There are several opposing views regarding technology and how it has influenced the way people collaborate. In Cognitive Surplus, Clay Shirky...

PTCL launched live cricket streaming app with zero advertisement (A Review)
Sunday, February 22, 2015

So far, probably you might have heard about latest PTCL’s Smart TV app that got unveiled last week offering AD-free live streaming of whole cricket...

Crazy about technology
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Many of the people I interview for Aurora love to hold forth about how work is their life, that they never stop thinking about it and profess undying...

World XI: Siyasat, junoon aur Lahore
Monday, September 18, 2017

In a few hours’ time, Pakistan’s most cosmopolitan city will brace itself for a tussle between two political heavyweights, Kulsoom Nawaz and Yasmin...

PakvsWXI: One victory down, will we be able to conquer the other two?
Thursday, September 14, 2017

After eight long years, international cricket came home and we couldn’t be happier. Lahore was abuzz and cricket fans could be seen grinning from ear...

World XI vs Pakistan’s best: Will talent trump home advantage
Monday, September 11, 2017

Most Pakistani cricket fans have purchased their tickets for the upcoming Independence Cup matches and cannot wait for them to begin.

Four Pakistani cricket legends who left behind some big shoes to fill
Friday, June 30, 2017

One cannot recount Pakistan’s rich cricketing history without giving adequate importance to the players who made their mark and kept the green flag...

4 talking points from the Pakistan-Sri Lanka game
Monday, June 12, 2017

Pakistan are so beautifully unpredictable that even we here at The Express Tribune cannot predict them. This is the eulogy we had written when they...

Awais Shah recovered from DI Khan in burqa DG ISPR
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

KARACHI: Director General ISPR Asim Bajwa said Awais Shah was recovered from his kidnappers who had made him wear a burqa in order to transport him...

Terrorism Is The Root Cause of Every Problem We Are Facing ?
Sunday, March 06, 2016

Pakistan is facing terrorist activities for more than a decade, terrorist activities raised dramatically after drone attack in Bajor school 2006...

Global Terrorism Destroying the Humanity: How to Change the Future?
Friday, February 19, 2016

“Nobody can predict which way the ‘Arab Awakening’ will turn this year… Over the decades of unchallenging aggressive adventures in Iraq, Afghanistan,...

America’s Unending War on Terrorism will Destroy Humanity and Planet Earth
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Is America at war with itself? For more than a decade, American-led war on terrorism continues from Afghanistan to Iraq, Syria and soon to other oil...

Challenging Paradox of “Terrorism” and Wars against Humanity
Friday, December 04, 2015

“Throughout history, oppressed people have been overwhelmed and immobilized by the seeming indestructibility of the military establishment in power....

Trump’s N Korean challenge: can Pakistan be next?
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It appears that the Trump administration is not willing to learn any lessons from the vast riches of US diplomatic history. The one thing that stands...

Trump pushes UN reform as world leaders gather for crisis talks
Monday, September 18, 2017

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump makes his debut at the United Nations on Monday, with an address on UN reform as a week of intense diplomacy...

How many hurricanes will it take for Donald Trump to realise that climate change is a real threat?
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Since the 45th elected president of the United States was announced, the world has been divided into two schools of thought. There are people who...

16 years after 9/11: Its tragic memory, surreal aftermath and the insecure world it left behind
Monday, September 11, 2017

In 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down, young men like me who had posed as ‘Marxists’ across the 80s were overwhelmed by a sense of both sadness and...

Trump's new Afghan strategy is actually a ploy against CPEC, claims Russian journalist
Sunday, August 27, 2017

The recently-unveiled Afghan strategy that President Donald Trump has announced is a ploy against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a...

How Russia came to Pakistan’s help
Monday, September 18, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Authorities sitting in the corridors of power in both Islamabad and Rawalpindi already knew that the Afghan strategy the Trump...

If Aung San Suu Kyi fails to act, she will go down in history as an unworthy recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
Thursday, September 14, 2017

In 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights. In her acceptance speech, she...

BRICS declaration: What is China playing at exactly? Does it plan on cutting Pakistan loose?
Monday, September 11, 2017

Despite its recent defence of Pakistan against the United States on the issue of terrorism, China seems to have taken a surprising new turn on the...

Silence of the lambs: Pakistan is doing its fair share for the Rohingya refugees, but what about India and Bangladesh?
Monday, September 11, 2017

One wonders what is more appalling – Myanmar’s systematic genocide of its Muslim minority, or the inexplicable manner in which the world stayed numb...

Teenager rescued in Blue Whale challenge attempts suicide again
Saturday, September 09, 2017

An Indian teenager rescued in Jodhpur after attempting the Blue Whale challenge, tried to take her life again on Tuesday, police said.