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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...

Balochistan and global high-politics

By Shamsa Khalil Balochistan, the largest but least populous province of Pakistan is yet to embark on the road to sustainable peace, prosperity and good governance. From geo political perspective its location is of paramount significance. It is one of the vital strategic windows that...

Moving forward with CPEC

Pakistan and China have entered the second phase of the project. Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains what that entails Pakistan and China have sealed the deal for the next phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This is good news for both partners, but the job...

A game changer in Tehran?

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab This week, Pakistan and Iran agreed to strengthen their border security regime to deal with a deadly mix of terrorist groups, religious militants, drug smugglers, human traffickers and criminals along their 950-kilometre long border the two countries share. These are the...

BRI & CPEC: Venturing into the Future

This special report first gives a background of the BRI, its vision and elements including brief introduction of overland and maritime corridors. It also brings out areas of policy collaboration identified by China for successful completion of BRI. The second section gives an overview...
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