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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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Data security is the most significant concern for individuals and organisations around the world today. International governments and organisations are devoting considerable financial and human resources to ward off cyber crime. Simultaneously, some governments pour funds to gather data from the world in an effort to create the surveillance hegemony. This information is shared, sold

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Recent days have seen a debate about the code of conduct for social media users in the country. Strict action has been demanded by leaders against blasphemous content and that threatening terror or the state. The ruling of Islamabad High Court’s Judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, the Punjab government directives and the interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar

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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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The show of aggression among politicians is no news in Pakistan. In the history of national politics there is rarely any moment when we saw politicians following an ethical code of conduct and practicing the politics of coexistence while agreeing to disagree. World over, the democratic tradition has allowed politicians and their followers to compete

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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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The last ten days have been violent. Pakistan finds itself in the throes of terrorist attacks. More than a 100 lives lost. Half a dozen cities targeted. Government officials wring their hands as questions are raised. The questions are crucial: how can peace prevail and how can security be guaranteed? Could it? There are a

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The recent libel ruling by the British court ordered a Pakistani media giant £3 million (PKR 400 million) in damages and costs for airing two dozen separate defamatory claims against rival media outlet and its proprietor. The media giant filed for bankruptcy to escape the fine. The court also revoked licenses of its 3 channels

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 As these lines were being written on the evening of February 13, Lahore, the heart of Pakistan, suffered a suicide bombing that left 13 persons, including five police officials, dead and 83 injured. The bomber exploded himself near police officials who were engaged in negotiations with representatives of a pharmaceutical and medicine firm protesting against

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