Ahsan Munir

  • Qatar invested billions of dollars in infrastructure to host the FIFA World Cup 2022. Thousands of immigrant workforce were employed to build the infrastructure. There have always been concerns and questions about the rights and treatment of the immigrant workforce in Gulf countries in general. ...

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  • The incumbent coalition had started warning the people that natural gas would be in short supply during the coming winter, thus mentally preparing the ordinary people of the calamity going to befall them. Now, the ministers are informing that out of twenty-four hours, eight hours of gas would be ...

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  • The recent disaster unleashed by torrential monsoon rains and flash floods has triggered a debate among politicians, policymakers, and the masses about the role of dams in averting or mitigating crises created by abnormal rains and flash floods in the future.The public has become more vocal after ...

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  • Pakistan was created by its founders so that every citizen would have an equal chance to grow, prosper and move up the social ladder. However, very soon this idea was usurped by a few who confined prosperity, wealth, and power to their kith and kin. Thus, 75 years down the road, one percent of ...

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  • Pakistan has been mired in crises for the past many decades, and the masses have borne the brunt of these crises, which have not been of their making. They are always placated with the promise of better days and asked to sacrifice for a better future.Promising better days, politicians have always ...

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  • The PM has once again called for a consensus on a ‘Charter of Economy’ to agree on a long-term plan to put the economy on track. Immediately, PDM also called to be made part of the ‘Charter of Economy’ consultations. They also want to be the stakeholders of the roadmap. ...

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  • The state just celebrated seventy-five years of independence. The people of the state are also celebrating seventy-five years across the provinces: KP, Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan. However, there are some questions to be pondered over on this occasion. First, has the state been successful in ...

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  • The present dollar crisis has but indicated how we (the political elite) have been living beyond the state’s means and how much the economy has been mismanaged by the elites of all major polit­ical parties. Pakistan has been in existence for more than seven decades. Other than President Ayub’s ...

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  • Recently, since the coming of the PML-N-led coalition government in power, a lot is being said, claimed, and regurgitated about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC): its infrastructure, energy, and industrial development vision, and how CPEC is transforming Pakistan. However, all these ...

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  • PM Shehbaz Sharif recently visited the Rashakai Special Economic Zone (SEZ), located in KP, along with high-ranking Chinese officials of the company which is developing Rashakai SEZ. At present, nine SEZs are being developed across the country. On the occasion, PM proposed the launch of roadshows ...

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  • Since the creation of Pakistan, the Government of Pakistan (GoP) has been borrowing, which started with the first financial aid request from the US. Since then, we have never looked back and amassed billions of dollars in loans and debts. Presently, we have reached the stage where, even to pay ...

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  • CPEC, an initiative worth more than 60 billion USD, at its start was heralded as a game-changer for the industry, economy, and people of Pakistan. Politicians, policymakers, and soothsayers predicted that CPEC will revolutionise the economy of the country with industry booming, job opportunities ...

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  • The coalition government has recently taken the ‘bold decision’ to increase the petroleum prices by Rs 30, as the state could no longer further afford to facilitate (subsidise) its citizens. Similarly, the government has also taken the ‘bold decision’ to increase the electricity prices to ...

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  • Since the signing of the CPEC agreement—a project worth more than 60 billion USD between Pakistan and China—it has been heralded as a game-changer for Pakistan’s economy. Tomes after tomes have been written about the supposed benefits of CPEC to Pakistan, and all subsequent governments have ...

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  • Pakistan has repeatedly sought international support and is claimed to suffer from a chronically weak tax base. Every new government comes with the claim to break the begging bowl but eventually seeks the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) help. Thus, the previous government, despite the ...

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  • Donald Rumsfeld, the famous Secretary of Defence of the US, was known for his attitude and professional arrogance among his colleagues and his generals. As Secretary of Defence, Rumsfeld played a central role in the invasion of Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq. He was once accosted at an ...

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  • The 60s’ and 70s’ decades of the twentieth century saw Western countries slowly transfer low-skilled jobs to developing countries, which helped these countries to industrialise. With what started as doing low-skilled jobs, many developing countries, such as South Korea, Hong Kong, and ...

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  • Pakistan has received the much-needed one billion US dollars from the IMF, which would supposedly build the country’s foreign exchange reserves. Pakistan could receive a further USD 3 billion in the next few months from the IMF, conditioned to the completion of remaining programme reviews. It is ...

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  • Pakistan and China signed the Framework Agreement on industrial cooperation under the CPEC—a multi-billion-dollar initiative, following the Prime Minister’s recent tour to Beijing. The signing of the framework agreement has been hailed by the government as a significant outcome of the ...

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  • The manufacturing industry in any country plays a pivotal role in job creation, revenue generation and export promotion, factors that underpin economic growth and prosperity. Therefore, all the world’s economies pay special emphasis on the sustained competitiveness of their manufacturing ...

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  • The first phase of CPEC had been all about developing infrastructure such as building roads and setting up power plants. Now, CPEC has entered its second phase, where special economic zones (SEZs) will be developed along the route. Four major SEZs have been initiated in the second ...

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  • CPEC projects in the first phase are basically in infrastructure like power stations and transportation and predominantly aimed to improve overall infrastructure quality. Recently, the government has announced that CPEC is entering its next phase, where Special Economic Zones (SEZs) will be ...

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  • Recently, the Minister for National Food Security and Research in a press conference stated that record production in four major crops would earn billions of dollars of foreign exchange for the country, besides generating additional income of around Rs 399 billion for farmers. He also informed ...

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  • Quality standards, among others, relate to a product’s manufacturing and performance specifications and are generally benchmarked against prevailing world-class standards for compliance, performance, and international acceptance. The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) ...

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  • Since 9/11, western armies occupied Afghanistan for about two decades without any clear aims and objectives, amplified by the sudden and immediate pullout of western forces—leaving behind nothing but huge piles of weaponry as a parting gift to the people of Afghanistan.Presently, the west is ...

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  • The question of having the death penalty is again in the news and its existence is being questioned. Various arguments are being forwarded to abolish the death penalty.In the past couple of decades a near-consensus regarding the undesirability of the death penalty has reached across the world. ...

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  • Generally, quality control (QC) has been defined as a system of maintaining standards in manufactured products by testing a sample of the output against the specification, while quality assurance (QA) has been defined as the maintenance of a desired level of quality in a service or product, ...

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  • Engineering is everywhere. Bridges, power stations, oil rigs, shipping, and aircraft are all traditional examples of engineering that serve us daily. An engineering body is a professional organisation for engineers of various disciplines. Some are umbrella-type organisations that accept many ...

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  • ‘The Line’, a proposed city in Saudi Arabia is a vision of a 170-km long city with no cars, roads, or carbon emissions, and is part of the $500 billion project called ‘NEOM’. The project aims at showing ‘how people and the planet can coexist in harmony’. It is ...

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  • Of the proven oil reserves, more than 77 percent of these resources are under the control of National Oil Companies (NOCs), with minimum equity participation by international oil companies. Petronas is one such NOC that was established in August 1974 and operates under the terms of the Petroleum ...

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