Muhammad Zahid Rifat

  • The two-day official visit of Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif to China was quite historic, productive and result-oriented despite its short duration. It reflected the warmth, strength and depth of relations between the two iron brothers.During his visit the PM went sat through a series of ...

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  • The massive Kissan Package announced few days back by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was indeed a direly needed package of incentives and relief measures as the farming community was bracing itself to assess and overcome the huge losses and damages they had suffered due to heaviest and unprecedented ...

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  • The United Nations (UN) was established following WW2 on October 24,1945. Its purpose was to promote international cooperation and resolve world disputes. But the world body, which celebrated its 77 anniversary recently, has miserably failed to resolve the burning, bleeding and unresolved issue of ...

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  • One after the other audio leaks have taken all those treading the corridors of powers and others outside by shock and surprise.These audio leaks emanated from the Prime Minister House in Islamabad and thus raised questions about the security of a highly sensitive  place like the PM house.Quite ...

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  • Pakistan enjoys very brotherly, warm, and friendly relations with members of the Islamic Ummah, particularly with Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar besides having cordial friendly relations with other countries around the globe. With regards to Qatar, Pakistan has always enjoyed excellent relations with ...

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  • Every time the federal budget is announced, there is lot of talk about taxes, both direct and indirect. The federal government assesses resources of its revenue generation and the people at large work out how certain taxes on income, wealth, capital value, sales and purchases of goods imported, ...

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  • Briefly speaking about sectoral performance for want of adequate space, the agriculture sector during FY2022 recorded a remarkable growth of 4.40 percent surpassing the target of 3.5 percent and last year’s growth of 3.48 percent. This growth was mainly driven by high yields, attractive output ...

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  • The Pakistan Economic Survey is an important document full of information and data about all aspects of the national economy. Traditionally, it is released on the eve of the announcement of the new federal budget. It normally covers the period of the first nine to ten months of the outgoing ...

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  • The PML(N)-led coalition presented its first budget in the National Assembly on June 10, 2022. Ever since, it has been debated, passed and implemented on July 01, the first day of the new financial year.Key priorities, strategies, and objectives of the federal budget include rejuvenating the ...

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  • It is through the budget that the government outlines its sources of income from domestic and foreign sources like direct and indirect taxes, duties on imports and exports, foreign loans and assistance from friendly countries and internal financial institutions. It further indicates how it will ...

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  • Both Pakistan and Turkey have enjoyed good relations for decades. They are similar in their views on issues of regional and international importance and are key members of the Islamic world. Turkey has long supported the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination as well. The current economic ...

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  • May 28, 2022 is celebrated as a national day. It is the anniversary of “Youm-e-Takbir” which was celebrated by the incumbent federal government as well as the people all over the country in an enthusiastic and befitting manner. It was on May 28 way back in 1998 that Pakistan became a nuclear ...

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  • Pakistan is vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change which has occurred due to rapid industrialisation with substantial geo-political consequences. According to German Watch, Pakistan has been ranked in the top ten countries most affected by climate change in the past 20 years. The ...

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  • Special Economic Zones (SEZs) were established in many countries as testing grounds for the implementation of liberal market economy principles. While viewed as economic policy tools for enhancing the acceptability and credibility of industrial transformation policies, attracting domestic and ...

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  • Pakistan is observing another yet another death anniversary on April 21 of the great thinker and poet, Muhammad Iqbal. He had awakened the Muslims of the subcontinent to their persecution and proposed the concept of a separate state where they could freely live their lives in accordance with their ...

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  • Pakistan has a deep and abiding commitment to the eternal Islamic virtues of amity and brotherhood. Promoting solidarity and cooperation among members of the Islamic Ummah is not only a foundational basis for our foreign policy, but also an element of faith for us. Pakistan quite successfully and ...

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  • The country is celebrating another Pakistan Day today with the continued blessings of Almighty Allah to mark the passage of the resolution on this day back in 1940 by the All-India Muslim League in its historic session at the then Minto Park in Lahore under the inspiring leadership of Quaid-i-Azam ...

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  • For days, weeks, months and years everyone has been clamouring about this and that right. But this scribe has not come across a statement or commitment of being a responsible, law-abiding citizen and shouldering the responsibilities which they are bound by under law. The longest surviving ...

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  • Good health is pivotal to mankind’s well-being and happiness since it contributes significantly to prosperity and even economic progress. A healthy population is more productive, earns more and may even live longer. Good health and nutrition plays a pivotal role in the socio-economic ...

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  • Pakistan has been stressing for durable peace and security in war-torn Afghanistan all along, prior to and after the departure of US-led NATO forces from there, calling upon the international community at large to extend all possible help and assistance to the Afghan people to avert the great ...

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  • The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) members have taken a number of important steps as a positive way forward to express solidarity with the people of Afghanistan—they pledged money and food aid as a first step towards averting the threat of the humanitarian crisis looming ...

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  • Price stability is obviously the prime concern of every government as high and variable inflation not only erodes the purchasing power of the consumers but it also discourages investment. A controlled inflationary environment contributes to financial stability and economic growth. Inflation is ...

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  • Balanced development is a prerequisite for equitable growth and societal stability. Quite obviously, it requires the utilisation of development potential of all areas by pursuing a balanced distribution of public resources among different regions to attain equitable economic growth and eliminate ...

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  • Ehsaas, a flagship social protection programme launched by the incumbent federal government, is the biggest and boldest programme ever launched in Pakistan to uplift marginalised people. Through consumption smoothing, Ehsaas improves food security, helps in the reduction of poverty and inequalities ...

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  • Social protection signifies the capacity of a society to meet the basic human needs of the citizens, and establish building blocks allowing citizens and communities to enhance the quality of their lives on a sustainable basis and accordingly create the conditions for all individuals to attain their ...

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  • Dr Muhammad Iqbal was a great thinker and poet who had presented the concept of the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent which came to be known as Pakistan. The ever-grateful nation continues to pay glowing tributes to him for his memorable contributions towards ...

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  • Pakistan is a peace loving country and believes in peaceful living with all countries, particularly its neighbours. It has good relations with all except with India and that too because of the unresolved Kashmir issue that continues to threaten peace in the region. Sustainable peace in South Asia ...

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  • Historically speaking, Kashmiris have a pretty large number of ‘darkest’ days in the bloody struggle for freedom from the Indian shackles of slavery. Kashmiris’ darkest days started on October 27, 1947 and are continuing unceasingly till they exercise the long-awaited and ...

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  • Just as India is a big democratic country, it is also the biggest violator of human rights in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The fascist RSS-BJP regime, headed by the mass Gujarat killer and promoter of the Hindutva philosophy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has surpassed all ...

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  • Pakistan is a federal democracy. In order to maintain a productive inter-governmental fiscal relationship, Article 160 of the Constitution provides for the setting up of a National Finance Commission (NFC) with intervals not exceeding five years. The NFC is mandated to make recommendations to the ...

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