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29th NSG Plenary Meeting: Breaking the Stalemate

Spread of the Nuclear weapons is considered as a threat to global security and peace. Nuclear proliferation pessimists and arms control experts‟ aim to limit the nuclear weapons states to the possible lowest numbers. For this purpose, multiple tools, including legally binding treaties, voluntary...

‘Deal of the Century’ and Pakistan’s Dilemma

The Palestine dispute is one of the longest running and most complicated disputes in the world’s modern history that has roots in the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories. There have been several attempts at resolving the issue at the United Nations, and other...

Fresh Start: Ghani to visit Islamabad for ‘practical meetings’

Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains what will be at stake when the Afghan president meets Pakistani leadership later this month Pakistan and Afghanistan have made multiple attempts at re-setting their relations which are characterised by deep-rooted mutual mistrust. Unfortunately, these attempts have not been very successful. Such...

FY20: The known unknown

The main highlights of the FY20 budget are as follows:  The exorbitant tax target is the main theme of the FY20 Budget. Documents reveal that Sales Tax, Income Tax and Customs Duties are expected to contribute approximately 44%, 30% and 19% respectively to the...

FY 2019-20: The Mind Boggling Budget Math

 The announcement of Rs5.55tn tax revenue target is disconcerting at the very least. Even under a nominal GDP growth rate assumption, marginal revenues would land between Rs400-500bn, leaving us with a monstrous shortfall of ~Rs1tn in additional revenues. The FY20 revenue target has...

The Saudi Show

Syeda Mamoona Rubab writes about the happenings at 14th OIC summit Divisions within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which claims to be the “the collective voice of the Muslim world,” were at full display at the 14th summit of the 57-member body held in...

Details and the Devil

By Mamoona Rubab Syeda Mamoona Rubab on where peace talks currently stand As the United States Special Envoy for Reconciliation in Afghanistan Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad prepared for a closed hearing of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on talks with the Taliban on Wednesday, the prognosis...

PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT: INDIAN LOK SABHA ELECTIONS 2019

Indian Lok Sabha Elections 2019, which witnessed a remarkable turnedout of 67.11 per cent-the highest in India's electoral history, have yielded a victory for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The party is, therefore,set to return to officer for a second consecutive tenure. Read More

Is America and Iran on a collision course?

By Mamoona Rubab The world is not ready for a new US-led war, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab Tensions have escalated sharply in the Middle East after a massive military build-up by the United States against Iran and acts of sabotage against international vessels in Gulf of...

Doha Talks: A Stalemate

Taliban are not agreeing to a ceasefire and insisting on the withdrawal of troops from Afghan soil, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab The Taliban, during the on-going sixth round of negotiations with the United States for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, took a day off to...
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