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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: Ambassador Munir Akram’s Appointment at the United Nations

Veteran diplomat Ambassador Munir Akram has been appointed Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in place of Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi. The move follows Prime Minister Imran Khan’s successful address at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The timing of Ambassador Akram’s appointment has surprised many in Pakistan itself, let alone the world at large. From the optics, the Pakistani delegation seemed pretty satisfied in New York, with

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

Pakistan Was An Observer In USCENTCOM Exercise ‘Regional Cooperation 2019’

Disclaimer: The appearance of US Department of Defence (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. Exercise details and statements in verbatim have been extracted from an official media release issued by the US Army Central Public Affairs Office. The content underneath ‘Comments’ heading have been added by Pakistan Insider and have no relation or endorsement with DoD whatsoever. An observer from Pakistan Army was part of exercise

Pakistan Should Be Mindful of Huawei’s Growing Footprint

Huawei is a Chinese-origin technology giant and one of the world’s largest telecom equipment suppliers headquartered in Shenzhen, China. Its total revenue as of 2018 was more than $105 billion. In July 2019, the company unveiled its plan to invest $170 million in Pakistan apart from establishing a “regional headquarters” and upgrading its existing technical support centre. Mark Xueman, Vice President of Huawei Group, went a step ahead and termed

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

Is The Iran-India Bonhomie Over?

During a routine meeting with President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet members last week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei (“Imam Khamenei”) urged the Indian government to “adopt a just policy towards the noble people of Kashmir and refrain from oppressing and bullying the Muslim people” in this region. These statements have officially clarified how Tehran views New Delhi’s unilateral adventurism in the region. Not only has the eerie

IAF’s Nightmare: Pakistan’s Familiarisation with Rafale Jets

In early February, French defence company Dassault Aviation delivered its first flagship Rafale jet to the Qatari Emir Air Force at a ceremony in Merignac, France. The aircraft is a twin-engine multi-role fighter jet which can swiftly execute a variety of missions including aerial interdiction, reconnaissance, deep strikes in adversarial territory, anti-ship attacks and nuclear deterrence. It was originally launched in 2001 with a long-term view to provide carrier-based operations

Special Report: Indian Disinformation Elements on Twitter [Part 1]

Since the abrogation of Articles 370/35-A by the BJP government in India, a certain batch of hyper-nationalist Twitter handles have been observed posting misleading disinformation against Pakistan. The support which these selected accounts receive is not limited to the general populace. In fact, several public figures have been observed interacting with them. While a plethora of such accounts exist, focused investigations have enabled shortlisting of only those accounts which have

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