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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.

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.

PTI is in command. What next? By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Let me start this piece by borrowing a few lines from my previous article titled” The likely outcome of the July 25 elections”:“The return of the PML-N to power, happens to be a million-dollar question. Various indicators suggest the PML-N may not be able to form the next government, at least at the Center. Historically speaking, the ruling parliamentary governments have never returned to power for the second consecutive term…………..PTI on the contrary seems better placed in the upcoming elections despite the fact that it is undergoing huge internal rifts. ………. with plenty of electables now in the pocket of PTI, it is expected to win more seats as compared with the 2013 elections”.

The likely outcome of July 25 elections? by Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Electioneering is gaining momentum as the election day, July 25th, draws near. The political parties have had ample time to prepare themselves for the reckoning at the hustings. The PML-N would like to perform well in order to return to Islamabad. The PTI and the PPP would also try to put up a good show so that they could form the next government. While the tug-of-war to get control of Islamabad is likely to intensify in the coming days, the mind boggling question for all and sundry is, who will form the next government? Whether the PML–N shall be able to regain power or PTI will hold sway this time.

Morocco playing key role in  Bringing Africa, South Asia closer  



The recently concluded Crans Montana Forum held in the Western Sahara city of Dakhla, Morocco leaders from across the globe gathered to share their views as to how to address various issues facing the African countries and how to reach out to other continents, especially South Asia with a view to forging partnerships with different countries. The avowed aim of this initiative ostensibly appears to be exploring new avenues of cooperation with the outer world so as to help particularly those African countries that are lagging behind in terms of socio-economic development.

Pakistan, Russia inching closer: a step in the right direction

By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Pakistan and Russia, after being at odds for a while seem to have realized that straining of relations and disengagement is not a solution when it comes to building bridges and developing new linkages. That is exactly what a Russian think-tank Dr. Vladimir Kozin expressed on February 27, 2018 during a seminar on SCO held under the aegis of Centre for Global and Strategic Studies (GSS) at the Islamabad Serena Hotel.

Changing sands of Pakistan’s politics

By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Departure of Tahirul Qadri, Chief of Pakistani Awami Tehreek (PAT) abroad should not auger well for the nascent political alliance that seems to have died a pre-mature death after PPP pulled out of the alliance, on the pretext that it was not happy with the PTI Chief Imran Khan’s derogatory remarks about the Parliament. Although, various political parties had gathered under the banner of PAT to mount a collective struggle to get justice for the victims of the Model Town incident, factually the underlying motives were to not only destabilize the Punjab government but also to bear pressure on the Federal Government paving way for early elections or removal of the government before March in order to stop the Senate elections.