How World Bank Arbitrators Mugged Pakistan (Project-Syndicate)

Thanks to the World Bank’s flawed and corrupt investment arbitration process, the rich are making a fortune at the expense of poor countries. The latest shakedown is a $5.9 billion award against Pakistan’s government in favor of two global mining companies for an illegal project that was never approved or carried out.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/world-bank-corrupt-arbitration-ruling-against-pakistan-by-jeffrey-d-sachs-2019-11

Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor at Columbia University and Sustainable Development Goals Advocate for United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. His books include The End of PovertyCommon WealthThe Age of Sustainable DevelopmentBuilding the New American Economy, and most recently, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism.

Pakistan charts a new course under the PTI (East Asia Forum)

Pakistan’s politics remained typically bumpy during 2018. The year centred initially on former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified from holding public office for life and sentenced to a 10-year prison term for possessing undeclared wealth. Sharif’s daughter, his chosen political heir, was sentenced to seven.

 

Pakistan charts a new course under the PTI

Sajjad Ashraf, Islamabad

Pakistan: the tough road ahead for Imran Khan (The Interpreter)

The first major challenge Imran Khan will face as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan is from the opposition parties. In the general elections, his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party managed to win 115 of 272 general seats in the National Assembly. This is short of the 137 seats needed to form a government, but PTI gained just enough support from some independents and smaller parties to do so.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/pakistan-tough-road-ahead-imran-khan

Adnan Aamir

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in Afghanistan by Al Arabiya

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps an inevitable part of the life being led by the Afghan people for the past decades, while any attempt to bring peace in the region is bound to meet rabid resistance owing to the conflict of interest among the concerned stakeholders who seem to be at odds with each other, following their own agenda or list of priorities under the guise of peace-building efforts.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2018/02/12/How-China-and-Pakistan-could-lay-the-Road-to-Peace-in-Afghanistan.html

President & CEO of perception management company, CMC, Syed Jawaid Iqbal is a well-known author and public relations guru. Karachi-based Jawaid Iqbal has represented Pakistan at several regional and international forums and has been Chairman, Pakistan Chapter of the Colombo-based South Asia Media Association. He is associated with several social welfare organizations and contributes to leading newspapers. He has also presented TV talk shows on current affairs. In 2003 he founded the Society for Global Moderation – a private-sector think tank, strengthening tolerance, inter-faith harmony and democracy. His book “On Record” was released in 2004. His twitter handle is @Jayeye49.