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Coup in Turkey

Pakistan Focus condemns the attempt of military take over in Turkey and congratulates the brave people of Turkey for quelling the coup. While wishing President Erdogan all the best, we suggest that he carries out appropriate military reforms for strengthening the supremacy of civilian rule and to eradicate chances of recurrence of such episodes.

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Pakistan Focus condemns the PCA award on South China Sea

Pakistan Focus condemns the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)’s award on South China Sea. The Philippines had filed a compulsory arbitration against China at The Hague-based PCA in 2013. China maintains that the tribunal has no jurisdiction over the case, which is in essence about territorial sovereignty and maritime delimitation. China, therefore, had made it clear it will not accept …

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Obituary

Pakistan Focus expresses deep sorrow and grief on sad demise of Abdul Sattar Edhi Shaib. May ALLAH rest his soul in eternal peace. Our hearts reaches out to Bilqis Sahbia, Fyasl and millions who benefited from the benevolence of Edhi Sahib.

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Best wishes to PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan Focus  wishes successful surgery and early recovery to Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. May ALLAH grant him fast recovery and long life, Ameen! At this difficult moment  our all sympathies are with the Sharif family.

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Yum-e-Takbeer

Pakistan Focus felicitates the people of Pakistan on the eve of 18th Yum-e-Takbeer.  Pakistan’s atomic programme was developed to make country’s defence impregnable. It is a guarantee for peace in South Asia. This programme created requisite balance of power,  necessary to make this region safe. Ever since stable deterrence has held its way, no crisis has spun out of control …

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China and Pakistan : 65 Years of Diplomatic Relations

In the past 65 years, China and Pakistan have strengthened friendship, deepened mutual trust and expanded mutual cooperation. Our relationship has been elevated to a robust all-weather cooperative strategic partnership and has grown to encompass many areas of cooperation including economy, trade, science and technology, people-to-people contacts, culture and education. We take pride  that China has always proved to be …

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Dialogue of the unequal!

Pakistan-US strategic dialogue is important from the point of view of contents; it covers almost all essential domains. It is mutually beneficial to both sides. However, every round of dialogue gets overshadowed by American obsessions with Pakistan-India relations and Pakistan’s nuclear programme. The US perception has it that onus of maintaining good Pakistan-India relations rests on Pakistan; and that irrespective of its strategic calculus with India, Pakistan should unilaterally rollback its nuclear programme. American media is often keen to link Pakistan’s nuclear programme with its external debts and makes offers for bartering Pakistani-nukes with write off of these debts. Most of the factors, which determine a good economic health are poorly addressed in Pakistan. The human development report yearly issued by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) shows Pakistan at a lower level; 146 out of 187, countries. Also, there has been persistent low per capita income rate. From 2008 to 2015, the average growth has been around 3.5 percent, which is quite low—certainly not an enviable benchmark. The last five years of Pakistan’s economy were highly inflationary. This was a major hurdle in the way of development. Rather than attracting, foreign direct investment (FDI), even local Pakistani investors left the country, in numbers, for investing in neighbouring countries. Both, nuclear programme spanning full spectrum deterrence and robust economy, are vitally important to the existence of state and well being of the people of Pakistan. Even though economy is improving, it needs to be looked at from all aspects, and above all, unless requisite structural reforms are put in place, state of economy shall continue to be unstable.

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