Editorial

PIA flight PK-661, the fatal errors

The Safety Investigation Board (SIB) that was tasked to investigate the crash of a PIA ATR42-500 (PK-661) on December 7th 2016 has delivered a single-page preliminary report. Brief though it is the preliminary findings are shocking and…

Not in front of the children

There is a fine line between appropriate regulatory activity on the part of a government body and outright censorship, and this comes sharply into focus when it comes to the moral policing of society, something that governments have tried…

Kasur – now the fallout

It is exceedingly rare for a report from any government department to grip the attention of the average reader and compel them to read from beginning to end.

The Pakistani passport

Successes for the Pakistani passport were minor in the 2019 ranking of Henley and Partners’ Passport Index. Data from the International Air Transport Association was used to rank passports from 104 countries, primarily based on the number…

The Big Clean

There is much that needs cleaning up in Pakistan from corruption at every level to solid wastes in many cities and the tendering process for virtually any government contract no matter which party is in power. Much of the cleaning up…

A fake degree is worthless

It is profoundly disquieting to read that the Senate Standing Committee on Aviation has opposed the termination of services of those employees of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) who hold fake degrees.

Just how safe is Pakistan?

On the morning of 5th January 2019 a car bomb exploded in Peshawar. It left six people severely injured. At the time of writing there is no claim of responsibility. In the week prior to this latest atrocity a report was widely, and…

Well hello, folks.

There is something astir in the undergrowth of Pakistan-American relations and just for a change, it may not be bad news. Matters Am-Pak have been at a low ebb for most of the Trump presidency. America has cut its contribution to the…

G.D. Langlands, a legend passes

Major(retd) Geoffrey Douglas Langlands, formerly of the British Army and a renowned educationalist has died in Lahore at the age of 101. He predated Pakistan, landing in India with the British Army and then deciding to stay on after he…

Dams and fishy bidding

Pakistan just cannot get it right with dams. That there need to be more dams to address an ever-increasing water crisis is not the issue. New dams have been needed for decades.