Pakistan and Oman can help Defuse the Saudi-Iran Standoff

The standoff between two diametrically-opposed ideological regimes in Riyadh and Tehran can be defused if neutral countries like Pakistan and Oman together make concerted efforts to reduce the level of distrust and misconceptions between two important Muslim states which rank among the world’s top ten oil-producing countries. Related: Regional Geosectarianism


Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) – Wide Ranging Implications

This is a guest post by Hassaan Bhagat The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is a US Federal law which was introduced as a part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act in 2010 to increase tax transparency/revenues. The regulation requires all Financial Institutions (FI) (banks, funds, brokers, custodians, asset managers, insurers, etc,) outside of the US to search their records for any listed US persons and report their assets and identities to the US Treasury. There are thousands


VR Technology Can Help Promote Tourism In Pakistan

Virtual Reality (VR) technology enables users to experience an immersive multimedia experience into a simulated environment by integrating sound, video and 360-degree displays, giving a near-real experience of what it would feel like to be present in a real or computer-generated surrounding. Historical Context The world’s first VR Head-Mounted Display (HMD) was developed in the late 60’s by Ivan Sutherland and his student Bob Sproull. Other improved versions such as the Aspen Movie Map (developed by MIT) followed in the


All you need to know about the Pakistan Super League Teams

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in Pakistan composed of 5 member clubs. Headquartered in Lahore, the PSL is widely considered to become the premier professional cricket league in Pakistan. After years of battling security concerns and inner hassles, the authorities have lined up a set of spectacular contests. The matches will be held from February 4-24, 2016 just before the World T20. The total salary cap for a squad of 16 was $985,000 and the total cap for a squad of


Need for a Military Operation in Punjab

Over the past few years, we’ve heard news about army operations and Intelligence-Based Operations (IBOs) in KP, Balochistan and Sindh but when it comes to Punjab, the news are either too low or almost all of them talk about covert IBOs. To date, Punjab has never faced any military operation. This exception is not legitimize demands for one anew, but rather to question the motive behind not targeting dangerous militant networks in the province, which just happens to be the