The government of Pakistan, led by the PTI party, has filed a review petition before the Pakistani Supreme Court against the Court’s decision that the term of Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa continue for another six months, during which time the parliament should legislate on the position’s extension or reappointment. The government argues that Bajwa’s term should be extended not for six months but for three years, and that the position’s term is none of the parliament’s business. This leaves no doubt that a civilian politician wishing to enjoy his stay at the prime minister’s residence has essentially no option but to bend to the will of the Army Chief, who is the most powerful person in Pakistan.
By Vinay Kaura
Iran and Pakistan have agreed to enhance cooperation on human rights at all international forums while emphasizing the need for exchange of experiences among all Muslim states on human rights.
Pakistan says being an important regional state it will continue to play a role to defuse tensions and bring about peace in the region.
Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi kicked off his diplomatic offensive to de-escalate tensions in the Persian Gulf by holding important meetings with the United Nations leadership in New York to discuss the issue.
Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi who recently visited Iran and Saudi Arabia on special direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan to de-escalate tensions in the region has left for the UN and US in his second leg of peace initiative.
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.
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 Poverty, Common Wealth, The Age of Sustainable Development, Building the New American Economy, and most recently, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism.
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.
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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.