Stories about Prime minister Imran Khan

The forgotten plight of private school teachers during COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak in Pakistan has not only put the lives of the masses at risk but it has also damaged several businesses across the country due to the lockdown and global recession. Pakistan’s private schools are no exception. The lockdown has placed their very existence under question because the parents of some students are unable to pay the school fees, citing the lockdown and the economic crunch as the main problem. In Pakistan, there are more than 200,000 private schools and out of these “85% schools charge a fee below Rs2,000.” There are 1.5 million teachers employed by these private schools while ...

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Navigating the media chessboard amidst COVID-19

One of the fundamental things to understand about COVID-19 is that nobody in the world has a crystal ball that can accurately explain and predict the impact of the virus. Governments, weak and strong, have been left scratching their heads as their healthcare systems buckle under the pressure. As the total number of global cases approaches the one million mark, the machinery that regulates global economies has halted. For Pakistan, difficult decisions were made to lock down certain parts of the country, with a focus on ensuring the mitigation of impact for particularly vulnerable groups, including daily wage workers.  The ...

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What someone with a disability wants Fayyaz Chohan to know

Savoyard philosopher, Joseph de Maistre has been quoted, saying, “Every nation gets the government it deserves.” Indeed, leaders do mirror the qualities of a nation. The intellect, gestures and mannerisms of men and women in power reflect a nation’s character and so, the civility of Pakistani society may be judged by the problematic mindset of a spokesperson that is supposed to represent the country’s most populous province. The subsequent apathetic response by the state also speaks volumes about the polluted ethos that characterises certain sections of our society. Thus, in light of the aforementioned sad state of affairs, I felt obliged to express ...

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Did Maulana Fazlur Rehman commit treason?

An allegation of treason should not be made lightly. Especially not by the prime minister of a country against a political opponent. It takes away from the gravity of the only criminal offence proscribed in the Constitution of Pakistan. It also equates a political opponent with this country’s rogues’ gallery of past authoritarian rulers. But most importantly, throwing around an allegation of treason against politicians critical of the ruling party delegitimises another part of the Constitution: the part that guarantees the freedom of speech. All these factors should have been weighed by Prime Minister Imran Khan before he expressed his desire ...

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Is it wise to evacuate the Pakistani students stuck in Wuhan?

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan stands with the people of China during the devastating coronavirus epidemic in the province of Hubei, but has no plans to evacuate its citizens currently in the city of Wuhan; ground zero of the virus. Immediately after the outbreak, Wuhan was put under a curfew. The entire city was effectively quarantined.  A sizeable number of Pakistani students studying there have been appealing to the government of Pakistan, pleading that they be evacuated. Video messages of different students have been pouring in from all over Wuhan city claiming that they are living in constant fear and ...

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Should we pretend to be surprised at Zardari’s release?

Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) supremo, Asif Ali Zardari has been granted bail by the Islamabad High Court (IHC). A two member bench of the IHC, which comprised of Justice Athar Minhullah and Justice Amir Farooq, granted bail to Zardari on medical grounds. Zardari, who was taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) earlier in July, had already been admitted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences previously where he was under treatment for diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Zardari’s bail did not come as a surprise, especially after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was given bail on ...

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(In)justice and (un)accountability in PTI’s ‘Madina ki Riyasat’

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government completed one year of its tenure on August 18, 2019. During this year, it struggled a great deal to follow its manifesto due to various hurdles such as the paucity of funds and the lack of right people in office. Irrespective of all hindrances, Prime Minister Imran Khan displayed a strong commitment for poverty alleviation by launching a massive Ehsaas program. A professional like Dr Sania Nishtar was appointed as special assistant on social protection and poverty alleviation. PM Imran, in all his public addresses, expressed his resolve to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state in line with the principles of the state of Madina. ...

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Why did Pakistan release Indian prisoners when India is not interested in peace?

US President Ronald Reagan was fond of using the Russian proverb “Doveryai, no proveryai” (trust, but verify). If Prime Minister Imran Khan hasn’t heard of this then he has probably seen the movie, The Italian Job, where the heist gang’s mantra is to trust everyone but not the devil inside them. In the interest of honesty, PM Imran must understand that India is not just the devil from inside, for the rhetoric emanating from within it is absolutely devilish as well. Pakistan has now released 360 Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen, in four phases as a goodwill gesture amidst very tense relations between the ...

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Apart from planting trees, what is Pakistan doing to fight climate change?

This week, the House of Commons in the UK became the first parliament to declare an ‘environment and climate change emergency’. The symbolic move, recognising the urgency to tackle the climate crisis, was largely the result of a mass movement organised by the new group, Extinction Rebellion. This group, led mostly by young people, says that time is running out in order to limit global warming to 1.5C and thus demands that solutions be implemented. Supporting them is Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old school girl from Sweden who started the #SchoolStrike4Climate, inspired a global movement and has now been nominated ...

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Why CPEC is not a debt trap after all

US President Donald Trump once stated that he was for free and fair trade, but he just wanted better deals. This statement can be applied to his trade war with China, which he initiated last year to bring down the massive trade imbalance between China and the US. Pakistan, too, faces a trade imbalance with China. It signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China in 2006, which was touted as Pakistan’s gradual phasing out of protectionism. However, there were concerns that exposure to big export powerhouses had the potential to damage developing countries such as Pakistan, that were unable ...

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