Findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), constituted to probe offshore companies of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s children on the order of Supreme Court of Pakistan, has reverberated through Pakistan’s political system. The Supreme Court of Pakistan will review the report and come up with a final verdict in the Panama Papers Case. The JIT’s …

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Parachinar has suffered four terrorist attacks during first six months of 2017 – after Pakistan launched Operation Radul Fassad to clean up the country of terrorism. The latest twin blasts that hit Parachinar June 23 at Toori Market claimed more than 70 lives. The sad chapter that followed was the clash between protesters and Frontier …

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Pakistan, in the national and international context, is going through crucial times. Military and civil forces are not on the same page on numerous internal and external issues. The state has badly failed to provide a unanimous narrative to counter extremism while critical state institutions including the army, judiciary, executive and parliament have been unable …

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  It looks strange when an editorial writer ignores the major issues and focusses instead on apparently petty affairs. Ideally, Truth Tracker’s editorial for its current issue should have been about corruption cases against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children, Pakistan’s role in Saudi Arabia – Iran conflict or the expected resignation of General …

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“Journalists should ensure that they are not perceived as trying to influence the outcomes of a political conflict,” writes Professor Julianne Schultz, describing the role and duties of journalists in democratic states. Professor Schultz, founding editor of Griffith Review, an Australian journal for current affairs, describes in her book ‘Reviving the Fourth Estate: Democracy, Accountability …

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Mashal Khan, a 23-year-old student of Bacha Khan University, Mardan, was brutally lynched on April 15 by a violent mob of educated people -including some of the teachers of the same university – on suspicion of posting blasphemous material on social media. The issue was highlighted by local and international media after which the state …

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For the past decade, Pakistan has been waiting for freedom – the freedom for the people to see records that belong to them. The worn-out Freedom of Information Ordinance of 2002 still controls access to federal-level government information. This law fails to establish broad access to government records, a detailed procedure for requesting them and …

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An important question about the 39-country Islamic Military Alliance has been resolved – recently retired Pakistan Army Chief Raheel Sharif will lead it, at the request of Saudi Arabia. Many other crucial questions about the alliance remain, however. Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif confirmed Gen Raheel’s appointment in a recent TV interview, and said it …

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Pakistan’s governing system is degenerating rapidly and threatens to cave in, because the state’s pillars are leaning the wrong way. Each one is needed to support a democratic society, but none are holding up their share of the weight. The parliament that is supposed to make laws for the betterment of people has become a …

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Amid a strong wave of terrorism, mainstream parties in Pakistan have accelerated their political activities in preparation for Election 2018 in Pakistan. The current elected government will complete its tenure in June 2018 and election will be held anytime within 90 days after June 5, 2018. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which holds federal government in Islamabad and provincial governments …

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