Tag "Imran Khan"

Opinion: National e-Commerce Policy Framework in light of Data Security Threats

Recently, the Federal Cabinet led by Prime Minister Imran Khan approved Pakistan’s pioneering e-Commerce Policy Framework. The document comes after a hiatus of three years due to various systemic delays and perhaps because of a tumultous and uncertain political environment. The transmission of commercial data through virtual payment gateways, national authentication protocols and certification standards is essential so that data of industries, SMEs and consumers can be shielded from malicious

Comment: Dr Moeed Yusuf and Strategic Planning Policy Cell

Dr Moeed Wasim Yusuf, a renowned scholar of South Asian strategic stability and security studies, has been appointed pioneer Chairperson of the Strategic Policy Planning Cell (SPPC) under the National Security Division (NSD) for a period of two years through an Establishment Division notification issued on 25th September. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Boston University, US. The PTI government of PM Imran Khan began the process to

Wanted: A Functioning Defence Minister in ‘Naya Pakistan’

India’s purported “strikes” on Balakot passed. Cease Fire Violations (CFVs) along the LoC by Indian security forces are on the rise. Meanwhile, the BJP leadership is flexing its muscles, issuing hard-worded statements with long-term implications. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, former Home Minister a reformist czar, recently suggested his country may not necessarily abide by the No First Use (NFU) nuclear policy. In Pakistan, the absence of a functioning Defence Minister

Assam’s Volcano is Waiting to Erupt – An Opportunity for Pakistan

Imagine living in a country your whole life, abiding by its laws, following laid-down procedures and chanting ‘Jai Hind’ for all to hear. Then one day, you wake up and find yourself declared stateless in the very territory you called home. If this may sound horrible, one cannot even begin to fathom the tragedy which befell almost 2 million people in India’s northeastern state of Assam. The Government of India

Arab Countries’ Silence on Jammu & Kashmir Speaks Volumes

Since its independence in 1947, the State of Pakistan has enjoyed a special status in the Muslim world for its pronounced creation in the name of Islam. Muslim residents of Arab countries including Iran, Turkey, occupied Palestine and erstwhile USSR member states were always behind Pakistanis when it came to proper democratic functioning, an efficient bureaucratic/state machine and robust armed forces. In fact, almost a decade before Pakistan came into

Indian Aggression against Jammu & Kashmir – 5 Measures to Ensure a Credible Pakistani Response

The abrupt yet expected revocation of Article 370/ 35-A by the BJP government in India has generated fissures in the South Asian stability equilibrium. To the great dismay of New Delhi, the response from Pakistan has been assertive but not reactive in the manner it desperately desires. Government officials, lawmakers and civil society members have unanimously rejected India’s hegemonic action and vowed to uphold their moral, legal and diplomatic support

No, we are not being paid to attend the Dharnas Mr. Sharif!

A few days ago, one of the PML (N) MNA’s categorically said that people are being paid 400-500 PKR to attend the sit-ins organized by PTI and PAT. There was however, no proof for this. I don’t really know about the PAT rally, but it is evident that the people that are there to support PTI are not being paid. Politicians have used this trick for a long time now

Shut Up America

All of Pakistan has its eyes focused on Islamabad nowadays. Every single movement of the leaders and the protestors is being scrutinized. Every single Pakistani seems to have their own theory of what’s going on there and has their own opinion on who is wrong and who is right. However, what I want to focus on in this post is one single aspect of the current political crisis… The American

Imran Khan is Rocking the Boat but Can He Change the Course?

The last time we showed some signs of life as a nation was during the lawyers’ movement for reinstatement of CJP.  Once again, the time seems to be ripe for a strong push to topple the status quo (girti deewar ko aik dhakka aur do).  There is no shortage of pied pipers begging to lead us to the Promised Land.  But, save a few, all are tried, tested and failed

Social Media in Pakistani Politics: A Wave of Change or Just a Fad?

General elections are just around the corner (hopefully) and most of the discussions in the media and among the masses are occupied by two themes: disenchantment with the way things are and skepticism about any change in the future.  However, there is a relatively new phenomenon that may prove to be a challenge for the political dinosaurs (or predators) in our country.  I’m referring to the use of social media