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What is the likely future of CPEC? By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Ever since the PTI government has taken charge of affairs, progress on CPEC seems to have slowed down considerably.In Nawaz Sharif tenure the project progressed at a phenomenal speed with Chinese companies and workers gate-crashing into Pakistan to explore various avenues of cooperation and business opportunities.At one point, it was believed that CPEC was going to change dynamics of the region in terms of socio-economic development and impression was given as if the lot of have-nots in Pakistan were about to change.Nevertheless with PTI government now in command, it appears as if CPEC has become history, at least for the moment.

Potential of Uzbekistan in Ziyarah tourism   By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Potential of Uzbekistan in Ziyarah tourism   By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

The First International Ziyarah Torusim Forum was held in Bukhara from Feb 21-23 in Bukhara in which hundreds of delegates participated from across the globe. The Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Aziz A. Abdukhakimov spoke during the inaugural session and said the event shall give a considerable boost to the tourism industry of Uzbekistan, especially the Ziyarah tourism.Delegates from over 34 countries including Pakistan attended the Forum. Despite being the first-ever forum of its kind, the platform provided the participants with an opportunity of having detailed information about the Ziyarah tourism potential of Uzbekistan.

PM unfurls poverty alleviation plan; will it really work? By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

PM unfurls poverty alleviation plan; will it really work? By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, on March 28, 2019 announced poverty alleviation plan through a power point presentation prepared by same old bureaucracy, which has been instrumental with same spirit during the past governments also. Ever since inception of Pakistan, respective democratically elected and dictatorial governments used to introduce such plans; created separate dedicated institutions and spent billions on media campaigns just to highlight the initiative but what did we actually achieve at the end of the day?

Pak-India tensions; time to exercise restraint By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Pak-India tensions; time to exercise restraint By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Indian fighter planes intruded into Pakistan territory in the early hours of Tuesday, February 26, claiming to have hit hideouts of JeM. The Indian side also claimed killing scores of JeM people. Consequent reports and investigations proved all Indian claims false as there was no JeM hideout whatsoever in Balakot thus no question of large scale killings. When challenged by jets of Pakistan Air Force, the Indian planes fled from the scene jettisoning the payload. Pakistan the next morning struck back and hit two Indian planes killing two pilots and arresting one alive.  

Govt introduces new visa regime; will it really help? By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Govt introduces new visa regime; will it really help? By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

The Pakistan government has announced “drastic’ steps to woo especially foreign tourists by introducing a new visa regime whereby the government has extended ambit of e-visa and allowed people from over 50 countries to get visas on arrival in Pakistan.The announcement is significant in the sense that it may increase flow of visitors from other countries provided the incumbent government is able to provide them with an atmosphere free from insecurity.

Law and order ostensibly has been the main stumbling block in the way of foreign direct investments and promotion of tourism.

Undoubtedly, counties where the tourism industry is constantly on the move thus contributing heavily to the national exchequer, law and order situation there is well under control.

Accountability wheel set in motion By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Accountability wheel set in motion By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Perhaps for the first time in the history of Pakistan, the accountability process has been initiated against the all powerful politicians including business tycoons albeit it is not clear whether the concerned authorities shall be able to take this process to its logical end.

My Indonesia sojourn By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Courtesy Indonesian embassy, I got a chance last month to explore various aspects of Indonesia and its vibrant society, along with a group of senior journalists.Though, it was my second visit to the largest Muslim country, yet this time I had a chance to study the Indonesian culture, life style; political system as well regional systems rather in detail.