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A matter of concern

The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis needs to look into the increasing cases of deportations as well as of those suffering at the hands of the authoritarian labour regime in the Kingdom. Diplomatic channels ought to be used to ensure that Pakistanis are not been victimised because of their identity or …

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Time to step down!

Now that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has been indicted in corruption references by the NAB, the right approach for the former is to resign and face the charges. The Senate Standing Committee on Finance Thursday has rightly recommended that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar should step down to save the country’s …

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A welcome move by the CM

There is no denying that traffic jams in Karachi are often very acute, making the movement of even pedestrians impossible. The public transport system is in very shabby condition. In this backdrop, it is welcome to note that the Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah has taken note of …

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Sensitive time and a huge challenge

In the wake of current volatile security situation, the Muharram congregations and processions pose a huge challenge for our security agencies, who must work round the clock to ensure fool-proof security making it unable for the terrorists and militants to sabotage the occasion. Members of various communities must also work …

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More needs to be done

The government claims to be committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but it has yet to translate the commitment into an action plan. The first two goals – ending poverty and achieving zero hunger – still await approval of a national food security policy. Pakistan is the first …

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Securing the rights of little ones

In a welcome move, the National Assembly last week passed a bill to constitute a national commission to protect children rights with majority vote. The National Commission on the Rights of Child Bill, 2017 is meeting all international standards and the Commission would be an independent body as majority of …

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Meaningful changes needed

In the wake of restlessness and increasing woes of the working class, one would call for meaningful changes in the labor laws and a handsome increase in minimum wage. The International Labour Organisation in a report on minimum-wage setting in the garment industry in Pakistan has called for the repeal …

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PML-N continues to undermine Parliament

It is very unfortunate that current PML-N brass following the footsteps of the ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has continued with undermining the parliament. On Thursday last, the Ministers’ absence from Senate drew Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani’s ire. Yes, the visibly perturbed Chairman Senate threatened to shut down the House if …

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Afghanistan should do away with blame game

There is no denying that both Pakistan and Afghanistan are victims of terrorism and as such both need to work against their common enemy. In the aftermath of two separate grenade attacks on the Torkham border, Pak-Afghan forces have jointly worked to resume duties as per schedule. The attacks which …

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