Our Davos moment

Courtesy:-  Malik Muhammad Ashraf

The World Economic Forum (WEF) provides a global platform where leaders from across the world gather annually to take stock of the global trends in the economic sphere, assess their impact on the world and individual economies and chart out strategies for the future economic management of the global economy.

Some sane advice

Courtesy:  Malik Muhammad Ashraf

Former US ambassador to Pakistan Richardson G Olson in a recent article has presented a very realistic review of the ground realities concerning conflict in Afghanistan, fluctuations in Pak-US relations, the Indian factor and what would have been the best possible way to arrest the nose-dive in relations between the two countries.

Significance of WHO Regional Meeting

Courtesy:-  Malik Muhammad Ashraf

President Mamoon Hussain inaugurated the sixty-fourth session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Islamabad on 9th of October.
The four day event is being attended by representatives of all 22 countries in WHO’s Mediterranean region, Director General WHO, Regional Director for Eastern Mediterranean and more than 250 public health leaders and eminent global health experts.

A broad canvas

Courtesy:-  Dr Noman Ahmed

TODAY marks the 200th birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. His invaluable contributions towards the Muslim renaissance in the subcontinent are well acknowledged — particularly his founding of Aligarh Muslim University, which trained generations of youth from the late 19th century onwards. The university’s students are seen as having played a major role in propagating the All-India Muslim League’s core message throughout the subcontinent. This voluntary electioneering campaign turned the voters’ opinion in favour of the Pakistan scheme.

Transparency of CPEC projects

Courtesy:-  Dr Ahmad Rashid Malik

The CPEC projects are not promoting corruption in Pakistan.
They are clean, spotless, full transparency, honesty, and sincerity.
They are transparent as there exists zero tolerance for corruption in these projects.
Both the government of Pakistan and China upheld their unwavering commitment to CPEC projects.

BISP’s progress under PML (N) govt

Courtesy:- Marvi Memon

BISP has made commendable progress under the PML-N government during the last four years highlighting the commitment of the government to the poor and vulnerable of the country. The budget allocation for BISP that was Rs 70 billion in 2013 jumped to Rs 121 billion in 2017. The quarterly stipend increased from Rs 3000/quarter in 2013 to Rs 4834 in 2016. BISP has made itself the pride of Pakistan and a role model for international social safety nets winning Pakistan recognition internationally thereby contributing to institution building and poverty alleviation in Pakistan.

Budget 2017-2018: an anodyne view

Courtesy:-  Malik Muhammad Ashraf

Preparing a budget and selling it to the public, more so to political opponents, is an arduous undertaking even in the most affluent and developed countries, particularly when it comes to new tax proposals and measures aimed at keeping the corporate sector in good stead to spur economic growth. Besides generating much-needed revenue for the government, taxes also affect the people – changing their economic situation. This makes taxes an unpopular proposition. So every segment of the society tries to look at the budget from its own perspective and so there is always a mixed reaction on the budgets presented by the governments. The exercise is even more excruciating in third world countries like Pakistan that are facing financial constraints. Therefore, not surprisingly the budget for 2017-18 presented by the PML-N government has also spurred a debate about who benefits and who loses as a result of it. The debate, however, lacks objectivity. The opposit…