Pakistan Politics

Rupee Tumbles After Pakistan Requests IMF Bailout Islamabad needs some $12 billion to ward off economic meltdown from mushrooming trade deficit and dwindling foreign-exchange reservesBy Saeed Shah Oct. 9, 2018 The Wall Street Journal

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—The Pakistani rupee dropped steeply against the dollar Tuesday after the government said it was seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund, which will likely lead to tough economic policies and slow the nation’s economic growth. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s new administration was forced to turn to the lender of last resort after its planned alternatives to the …

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K-P authorities issue arrest warrants for Manzoor Pashteen, Ali WazirThe Express Tribune (September 14, 2018)

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PESHAWAR: Authorities in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ordered the arrest of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) chief Manzoor Pashteen, MNA Ali Wazir and six others. A letter issued by a senior police official in Swabi declared Pashteen, Wazir, Dr Said Alam Masood, Fazal Advocate, Khan Zaman, Mohsin Dawood, Samad Khan and Noorul Salam as proclaimed offenders. Police in Swabi confirmed to The Express Tribune …

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Sharif, Maryam and Safdar released on paroleBy Danish Hussain (The Express Tribune )

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ISLAMABAD, Sept 11: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar were released on parole in the wee hours of Wednesday, after the death of Begum Kulosoom Nawaz. A notification issued by the Punjab Home Department said the three were released for 12 hours to attend the funeral of Kulsoom Nawaz. Television footages …

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— ‘Democratic institutions are quickly becoming more robust and will only get stronger with the passage of time’ – Pak army chiefPT (September 9, 2018)

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ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Sunday that democracy in the country was fostering with time. The army chief was speaking to the media at Arif Alvi’s oath-taking ceremony. “Democratic institutions are quickly becoming more robust and will only get stronger with the passage of time,” Gen Qamar was quoted as saying. “This is …

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From the dentist’s office to President House: Dr Arif Alvi becomes Pakistan’s 13th presidentSAMAA (September 4, 2018)

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PTI’s Dr Arif Alvi was elected the 13th president of Pakistan on Tuesday. The country’s new president is a politician, dentist and parliamentarian. He has been described as the “chief whip of the PTI” in his profile on the party’s website. Born in Karachi on July 29, 1949, Dr Alvi acquired a degree in dentistry from de’Montmonrency College of Dentistry, …

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Why Imran Khan Must Bat for Civil Society in PakistanBy Ahmed Rashid (The New York Times) Sept 2, 2018

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Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan has set out an ambitious development and reform agenda. He is determined to reign in elite corruption and increase spending on health, education and women’s welfare. To carry out these important social programs, Mr. Khan needs the support of Pakistan’s battered and bruised civil society. He needs to put an end to the coercion …

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PM Khan wants media to give him three months before criticizing his governmentDawn Newspaper Aug 31, 2018

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked that the media give his government three months before criticising its performance, DawnNewsTV reported on Friday. The statement was made during a meeting with journalists in Islamabad. The PM promised that three months down the road, there will be a marked difference in the way the country is run. He also mentioned that none …

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Imran Khan gives 2-week deadline to recover stashed moneyANI Aug 28, 2018

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Islamabad, Pakistan: Fulfilling his poll promise to clampdown on corruption, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday gave a deadline of two weeks to a task force to chalk out a plan to recover unlawfully acquired foreign assets and stashed wealth. On Monday, the task force chaired its first meeting, where various government departments informed the unit of the current …

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The end of discretionary funds: rhetoric and realityBy Umar Cheema The News International

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ISLAMABAD: In its meeting on Monday evening, the federal cabinet decided to abolish the discretionary funds of the prime minister, federal ministers and development funds for MNAs, a decision which has been widely projected as an unprecedented step by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government. The reality is quite the opposite. Very few observers have cared to check whether these funds …

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Populism and GovernanceZahid Hussain Dawn Newspaper (Aug 22, 2018)

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IMRAN Khan has set ambitious goals for his government. While his priorities seem right the challenges are enormous. His first address to the nation has indeed inspired people giving them some hope. No Pakistani leader in the recent past has spoken so earnestly about the problems faced by the common people and also the difficulties confronting the nation. He believes …

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PTI government lifts political censorship on PTV, Radio PakistanBy Sehrish Wasif The Express Tribune (August 21, 2018)

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government on Tuesday lifted political censorship on the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) and Radio Pakistan by allowing these to air point of views and news of all political parties without any discrimination. Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Fawad Chaudhary spoke out via Twitter saying that, “As per vision of [Prime Minister] Imran Khan ended …

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Imran Khan, Elected as Prime Minister, Offers Little Conciliation to FoesBy Salman Masood The New York Times (Aug 17, 2018)

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Imran Khan, the charismatic cricketer-turned-politician, was elected prime minister on Friday in an acrimonious vote in the lower house of Parliament that was punctuated by partisan shouting. “Those people who have looted the country, I promise that they will be brought to justice,” Mr. Khan said in a brief speech after the vote, repeating an anti-corruption campaign …

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What will Pakistan’s new leader Imran Khan deliver for China?By Tom Hussain South China Morning Post (Aug 12, 2018)

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As former cricket superstar Imran Khan assumes office as Pakistan’s prime minister vowing to change the way the country is governed, members of his Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) have started to ask embarrassing questions about the perks enjoyed by Chinese companies involved in belt and road projects linking Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea. Fighting the election on an anti-corruption plank for …

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The Origins of Imran Khan’s Rise to PowerAdapted from `Aboard the Democracy Train, Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within' (Copyright: Nafisa Hoodbhoy)

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The Pakistani Taliban routinely used terror attacks on civilians and army targets as a lever to stop US drone strikes, and expand their hold on territory. A decade after 9/11, their guerrilla tactics became bolder. At times they acted in concert with army insiders to carry out a stunning number of terrorist attacks at military and naval bases, airports, docks …

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Opposition parties to support PML-N candidate for PM election in NAThe News International

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ISLAMABAD: An all-party conference of opposition parties has denounced the parliamentary elections as sham and unfair, said Senator Sherry Rehman on Thursday. “The opposition alliance has declared the elections as non-transparent. But we have decided to challenge the puppet government in the parliament,” Sherry Rehman told media persons after the APC which was attended by PML-N, PPP, MMA, ANP and …

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Pakistan’s Ali Wazir: The lone Marxist to win despite Taliban killing 16 of his familyBy Farooq Tariq The Print July 28, 2018

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A rare Communist to survive and win, Wazir refused a seat from Imran Khan, who later didn’t put up a candidate against him. Ali Wazir, a central committee member of The Struggle, has won a seat in the national parliament of Pakistan from NA-50 (Tribal Area–XI) with 23,530 votes and his closest rival from a religious parties alliance, MMA got …

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The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Next LeaderBy Jeffrey Gettleman The New York Times July 26, 2018

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LAHORE, Pakistan — Imran Khan, a charismatic cricket star who has fiercely criticized American counterterrorism policy in a region plagued by extremism, appeared poised on Thursday to become Pakistan’s next prime minister. After preliminary results showed his party decisively ahead in an election that critics say was deeply marred, Mr. Khan addressed the nation on television, outlining what he would …

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Pakistan election raises fears of ‘creeping coup’M. Illyas Khan BBC News Islamabad (July 24, 2018)

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In its 70-year history, Pakistan has alternated between quasi-democracy and pure military rule. In the process it has become embroiled in international conflicts and morphed into a home base for Islamist militancy. Over the past decade, Pakistanis have witnessed democracy at its most undiluted thus far, but it’s now under threat from what some say appears to be a “democratic …

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Silence from judiciary over media attacks increases self-censorship, Pakistan’s journalists sayBy Aliya Iftikhar CPJ Asia Research Associate (July 20, 2018)

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When it comes to the military and the judiciary, Pakistan’s journalists are “between a rock and a hard place,” Zohra Yusuf, of the independent non-profit Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, told CPJ. In recent months the judiciary, which has a history of siding with Pakistan’s powerful military, has remained largely silent amid attempts to censor or silence the press. Ahead …

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Nawaz Sharif arrested on arrival in Pakistan as 132 people die in bombingMemphis Barker The Guardian Newspaper (July 13, 2018)

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Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was arrested in Lahore airport on Friday as he returned to face a 10-year prison sentence which he claimed was part of a wide-ranging, military-backed conspiracy to deny his party a second term in an election due on 25 July. Military police boarded Sharif’s flight as it landed from a stop in Abu Dhabi …

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