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    Moody's changes Pakistan's outlook to stable from negative, affirms B3 rating

    Source:https://www.moodys.com/research/Mood...-B3--PR_410440

    Singapore, December 02, 2019 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has today affirmed the Government of Pakistan's local and foreign currency long-term issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings at B3 and changed the outlook to stable from negative.

    The change in outlook to stable is driven by Moody's expectations that the balance of payments dynamics will continue to improve, supported by policy adjustments and currency flexibility. Such developments reduce external vulnerability risks, although foreign exchange reserve buffers remain low and will take time to rebuild. Moreover, while fiscal strength has weakened with higher debt levels largely as a result of currency depreciation, ongoing fiscal reforms, including through the country's International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, will mitigate risks related to debt sustainability and government liquidity.

    The rating affirmation reflects Pakistan's relatively large economy and robust long-term growth potential, coupled with ongoing institutional enhancements that raise policy credibility and effectiveness, albeit from a low starting point. These credit strengths are balanced against structural constraints to economic and export competitiveness, the government's low revenue generation capacity that weakens debt affordability, fiscal strength that will remain weak over the foreseeable future, as well as political and still-material external vulnerability risks.

    Concurrently, Moody's has affirmed the B3 foreign currency senior unsecured ratings for The Second Pakistan Int'l Sukuk Co. Ltd. and The Third Pakistan International Sukuk Co Ltd. The associated payment obligations are, in Moody's view, direct obligations of the Government of Pakistan.

    Pakistan's Ba3 local currency bond and deposit ceilings remain unchanged. The B2 foreign currency bond ceiling and the Caa1 foreign currency deposit ceiling are also unchanged. The short-term foreign currency bond and deposit ceilings remain unchanged at Not Prime. These ceilings act as a cap on the ratings that can be assigned to the obligations of other entities domiciled in the country.



    is moody's run by the establishment?



    Stock exchange up.
    Moodys rating up.
    Investor confidence high.
    US sending 15 trade delegations next year.
    Circular debt down.
    Imports down.
    Exports up.
    Currency stable.
    Current account surplus.
    FDI up.

    Headlines are about tomatoes.


    (Copied from another source)

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    NCA agrees £190m settlement after frozen funds investigation

    https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/...settlement-after-frozen-funds-investigation-3

    Settlement includes a UK property valued at approximately £50 million.

    [​IMG]The National Crime Agency has agreed a settlement figure with a family that owns large property developments in Pakistan and elsewhere.

    The £190 million settlement is the result of an investigation by the NCA into Malik Riaz Hussain, a Pakistani national, whose business is one of the biggest private sector employers in Pakistan.

    In August 2019 eight account freezing orders were secured at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in connection with funds totalling around £120 million. These followed an earlier freezing order in December 2018 linked to the same investigation for £20 million. All of the account freezing orders relate to money held in UK bank accounts.

    The NCA has accepted a settlement offer in region of £190 million which includes a UK property, 1 Hyde Park Place, London, W2 2LH, valued at approximately £50 million and all of the funds in the frozen accounts.

    The assets will be returned to the State of Pakistan.

    3 December 2019





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    theres one thing I totally disagree with this administration about and that is that these filthy thieving treacherous scum are allowed to leave if they hand over their looted wealth. they should have all their wealth confiscated if they are found guilty and should never be able to set foot outside of a prison cell for all the misery they have caused the nation. they are the reason we are so far behind india and bangladesh in terms of economic development. this is high treason.
     
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    its their vocal supporters that are the problem. look at some of the posters on this site. Its like a microcosm of pak stupidity.
     
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    looks like IK is no mood for compromise, and after this comedy dharna designed to smuggle NS out of etc country, it looks like the screws are going to be tightened and we will hear a lot more screaming in the coming weeks from the corrupt.
     
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    Tomatoe crisis was due to stopping trade with India. Personally I think it was a wrong move to stop trade based on political environment, it hurts your traders and businesses. I am from textile industry, and we import Organic certification cotton from India. There was a little hassle for the orders because of the trade ban. although it did open the opportunity for local ginners to work on it and would force manufacturers and brands to help use local supplies and we can already see heads meeting to establish it faster than previous.

    i think the idea of banning imports is great it open opportunities for local manufacturing, but it wont happen overnight and that is hurting the current businesses. take auto industry for example, the locally 'assembled' car prices have gone 200% up in last year or so, because of rupee devaluation. Now the local 'manufacturing' of car industry will take time, so the car business has taken a hit. same case for other industries which relies heavily on imports, and that is almost every industry. i believe the process should have been gradual not overnight policy change.
     
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    It’s true. I don’t think they could afford to do it gradually, it cost so much money to stabilise the currency and they were facing default. From memory it is standard economic theory that there is a lag of benefit in devaluation, initially you get a drop in both imports and exports, Asad Umar actually mentioned this in an early interview when he began, and sure enough that’s exactly what happens. What you describe underpins the theory that the current account balance will have a pressure to improve further. That won’t be smooth either since I think the last quarter benefit from one time cellular license fees.

    anyway, whether slow or fast it’s good to see that local industry is working harder to compete with exports, and its better for Pakistanis. With regards to India, in practice you would be better placed to judge, but in theory we were running a large trade deficit with them, so economically I think it was a good idea to suspend trade to pressurise local industry to improve.
     
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    Pakistan has seen unprecedented inflows of foreign money this year. Global investors bought 1-year bonds worth $642 million in November alone.
    That is expected to reach a record $3 billion by the end of the fiscal year as investors are lured by high interest rates and promises of economic reform.

    According to Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, financial adviser to Prime Minister Imran Khan, foreign direct investment surged 200 percent in the first half of 2019. Stocks have also risen, with the main Karachi stock index up by 13 percent over the past month, making it the best-performing stock exchange of the 94 tracked by Bloomberg.

    “A double-digit yield on a cheap currency is a good value trade in itself,” Charles Robertson from Renaissance Capital told Deutsche Welle. “I would recommend investors keep buying Pakistan while it offers double-digit interest rates,”he said.

    Robertson added that even central bank rate cuts of a few percent would still make Pakistan interesting. “The current policy choices of Pakistan offer the country the best chance of getting onto a sustainable growth path. Borrowing costs are lower thanks to foreign investors buying government debt.”

    Central bank data showed that of 1-year papers bought in November, 55 percent were from the UK and 44 percent from the US.

    Habib Bank CEO Muhammad Aurangzeb said that Pakistan plans to issue $1 billion worth of ‘Panda bonds’ in the first quarter of 2020 in the Chinese market for the first time in yuan. A Panda bond is a Chinese renminbi-denominated bond from a non-Chinese issuer, sold in China.

    This week, Moody’s upgraded Pakistan’s credit outlook from negative to stable, saying the financial situation is on a path of improvement. It also expressed hope that the help from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will mitigate the risks to its economy. Last month, Islamabad secured another tranche from the IMF as part of a $450-million loan package.

    The experts at Moody’s said the country’s economic recovery reduces “external vulnerability risks,” but warned that “foreign exchange reserve buffers remain low and will take time to rebuild.”

    https://www.rt.com/business/474966-investors-pile-into-pakistan/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
     
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    Hiding in his cave. Just notice the timing of this disappearance.
     
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    Digitising Pakistan crucial for the youth, says PM Imran

    ISLAMABAD: Digitising Pakistan is crucial for the youth as the country as exciting times are ahead of the country, said Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday during the inauguration ceremony of the 'Digital Pakistan' campaign.

    ‘Digital Pakistan’ campaign is a part of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s digitisation programme aimed at introducing the latest technologies for public welfare.The ceremony was held at the Prime Minister's Office in Islamabad.

    "The world has been taking great strides in digitisation. However, Pakistan has been lagging behind," said the prime minister. "Unfortunately Pakistan has lagged behind due to corruption."

    He said that through such measures as the digitisation programme, Pakistan would make use of its youth population which was one of the biggest in the world.

    "Women can also secure jobs through digitisation. It helps in curbing corruption and is crucial for accountability," he said.

    The prime minister said that corruption always began from the top and now that a government that did not tolerate it was in place, Pakistan will see better days.

    "When I took over the reins as prime minister, there was hardly any department which was not in loss," he said. "I wanted to divert my energies towards other areas but as prime minister I was forced to focus only on the current account deficit. Now, the economy has stabilised," he added.

    Prime Minister Imran said that when he was elected prime minister, he said in his first speech 'Ghabrana Nahi Hai'.

    "Many people panicked after that speech," he said, as the audience laughed. "Now I am telling you not to panic because we are headed in the right direction."

    The prime minister said that international agencies were appreciating Pakistan's fiscal and economic policies.

    The Digital Pakistan campaign was executed by the Ministry of Information and Technology (MoIT). The MoIT was tasked with digitising all correspondence between government offices.

    The IT ministry had been told to complete the task within three months.

    In September, senior PTI leader Jahangir Tareen had announced that the government had engaged a senior former Google executive to help revamp its payment system and set into motion the digitisation initiative from PMO.

    He said that the government had persuaded the Google executive, who was in Singapore, to lead the project from Pakistan, after a lot of effort and headhunting.

    “She is leaving Google. In fact, she has left it and she is moving to Pakistan and will lead the digitisation initiative from PMO,” Tareen had said.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/579038-pm-imran-to-launch-digital-pakistan-campaign-today
     
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    IK is appointing top notch talent in each sphere. If these people can't steer us to prosperity then no one can. Here is a small list of amazing talent employed by IK, I'm sure there are more people whose names I missed.

    Dr Moeed Yusuf - Harvard - Policy making
    Usman Mobin - MIT - NADRA chairman
    Shabat Ali Shah - MIT - National Information & Technology Board
    Dr Hafeez Sheikh - Boston Uni - Finance Minister
    Dr Zafar Mirza - WHO - Health Minister
    Dr Reza Baqir - Harvard, UC Berkley, IMF - SBP chairman
    Dr Sania Nishtar - WHO - Ehsaas Program
    Tania Aidrus - MIT, Google - Digital Pakistan

    This is actually a great project. Now that the economy is slowly stabilising, PTI are finally pushing through all those amazing policies they promised.

    Alhumdulillah, Pakistans future is looking very bright.
     
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    Hmm, lets see. hiring foreign experts is only a percentage of solution. lets see how they perform.
     
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    as long as they dont end up in jail it will be a massive step up. that, sadly, is the competition.
     
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    i suppose its a refreshing change from all the nepotism... if anything instilling a positive culture must be worth something.
     
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    Kamyab Jawan Program:

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that the government is focusing on eradicating corruption and eastablishing merit across the country.

    The prime minister addressed a ceremony in Islamabad, distributing cheques among the successful candidates who have applied for soft loans under Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme of 'Kamyab Jawan Program' today.

    PM Imran said the initiative is aimed at promoting transparency and merit.

    Meanwhile, an official has said that Kamyab Jawan Programme had received one million applications by the youth across the country and was receiving 80,000 to 100,000 applications on a daily basis which showed the youth's interest and accomplishment of the programme.

    He said that an amount of Rs 100 billion has been allocated for the initiative to facilitate one million youth across the country.

    Special Assistant for Youth Affairs Usman Dar has said the programme was started with the purpose to promote entrepreneurship and create job opportunities.

    He expressed confidence that this scheme would prove to be a complete success story.

    Dar said that this program was also unique as about 200,000 females had also applied for the loan.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/260424-ka...istribute-cheques-among-loan-applicants-today
     
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    Rupee climbs to five-month high vs dollar
    Shahid IqbalUpdated December 08, 2019

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    Currency dealers foresee rupee to rise further in coming months. — Reuters/File
    KARACHI: The rupee in open market rose to its five-month high as demand for the greenback fell owing to the decline in imports whereas the increase in dollar from lending agencies and foreign investment in the government papers helped stabilise rupee-dollar parity.

    Currency dealers foresee rupee to rise further in coming months in the wake of higher inflows of dollars and increased attraction of local currency.

    The dollar traded as low as Rs154.70 in the open market on Saturday which was much lower compared to Rs164 on June 26 this year.

    “We traded dollar at Rs154.70 as lowest and Rs155 as the highest rate during the day. These were lowest prices since it touched Rs164,” said Forex Association of Pakistan President Malik Bostan.

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    The dollar scaled new peak on June 26 after it hit Rs164 mark in the open market but soon started falling against the rupee. The rupee has appreciated by 5.67 per cent against the dollar since June this year.

    Currency dealers said the gradual appreciation of rupee helped stabilise exchange rate which remained range bound in the Rs155-156 bracket for the last few months.

    The stability can be attributed to steady exchange rates in the inter-bank market which showed the dollar price at Rs155 on lower side and Rs155.10 on higher side on Friday.

    The dollar in the open market usually trades above the inter-bank rates but for the last couple of months, the open market rates have treaded closer to the inter-bank rates.

    “One of the biggest reasons is that the country has come out from huge current account deficit of $20 billion in FY18 and now[in] October, [it] posted a surplus for the first time after four years,” explained Bostan.

    He said both risk and attraction for dollar investment has gone. Now those holding dollars are liquidating them to get rupee and benefit from the much higher returns on the local currency deposits. Due to high policy interest rate of 13.25pc, the local currency investors could get double-digit returns on long-term deposits.

    Currency dealers at banks said the frequent inflows from International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and lower outflows for imports have reduced dollar demand. Importers are not eager to get forward booking, said a banker dealing in foreign currencies.

    The country has reduced its import bill with slight improvement in exports helping the country’s foreign exchange reserves to remain stable.

    The import bill would further decline during the current fiscal year as Saudi Arabia activated its $3bn deferred oil facility for the next three years from July.

    Currency dealers said the government has now realised that the rupee was devalued more than the requirement of free market. The market forces have now started setting the real exchange rate, they said.
     
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    TBH it is on 155 for a while now, stable. i believe it will remain over there for a while.
     
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    I dont know how transparent it would be. Would probably be allocated to party workers on the field in the name of entrepreneurs. Just like they are sending peeps to China.
    I know this coz my sister works voluntarily and she keeps mentioning the lobbying and such. There is ofcourse internal fighting going on over it over oppotunities, limelight and positions.
     
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    Pakistani Rupee Soon To Hit The Highest Level Against The US Dollar Since June This Year
    Pakistani rupee getting strong, soon to hit 150 against the dollar.
    By KINZA ZAHRA Last updated DEC 13, 2019
    • Increase in the supply of dollars in the market plays a vital role in the recovery of the rupee.
    • The foreign investment of over $1.2 billion has also improved dollar supply and helped strengthen the rupee.
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    An employee counts Pakistani bank notes inside the office of the Currency Exchange in Karachi, Pakistan, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
    Photographer: Asim Hafeez/Bloomberg
    Over the next couple of months, Pakistani rupee is expected to sustain its uptrend and reach up to 150 against the US dollar. The improvement will result in building the country’s foreign currency reserves by captivating surplus banknote in the market.

    A textile exporter claimed that by the end of March 2020, Pakistani rupee would reach up to around 150 to the US dollar. Around the fourth quarter (April-June) of the present economic year, the rupee will likely return to its decline phase.

    “The rupee may return to 164-165 by the end of FY20,” the economist said on condition of anonymity.
     
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    Govt releases over Rs80m for textile sector development projects

    ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms has so far authorised the release of Rs81.132 million of the total allocation of Rs 202.828 million for various textile industry development projects under its Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for financial year 2019-20.

    According to the PSDP's data, issued by the Planning Commission of Pakistan, the authorities had given the authorisation to release Rs2.828 million for the overall developmental projects of Faisalabad Garments City Training Centre under its PSDP 2019-20 as against the total allocation of Rs2.828 million.

    The authorities concerned had also given the authorisation of release Rs78.304 million for 1000 industrial stitching units as opposed to the total allocation of Rs100 million in order to boost water conservation.

    The federal government has so far released Rs297.278 billion for various ongoing and new social sector uplift projects under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2019-20, as against the total allocation of Rs701 billion.

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    PM Imran Khan cancels Malaysia trip after Saudi Arabia visit

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/584675-pm-imran-khan-cancels-malaysia-trip-after-saudi-arabia-visit

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has cancelled his scheduled visit to Malaysia and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be representing Pakistan in his place at the Kuala Lumpur Summit scheduled for December 18-20.

    Among the most notable Muslim leaders who are expected to attend the summit include Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al Thani, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

    Media reports quoting sources stated that the premier has cancelled the visit following his meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in Riyadh.

    “Saudi Arabia raised serious concerns over the statement of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad who had recently said that the Muslim countries at Kuala Lumpur Summit would form a new platform to replace the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which he said had failed to deliver the goods on issues faced by the Muslims across the world,” sources were quoted as saying.

    Sources also said that Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and Bahrain are perturbed over the expected presence of Qatari emir, Turkish president and Iranian president at the summit and fear a new but parallel leadership forum is being developed to undermine Saudi Arabia and its allies.

    Sources further said that the UAE has also raised its concerns over Mahathir’s statement and has requested Pakistan to avoid the Kuala Lumpur Summit which may trigger a new controversy among the Muslim Ummah.

    “PM Imran was also conveyed concerns by Bahrain’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa over the intentions of the Kuala Lumpur Summit. The premier assured the royals of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain that he would not be a partof any scheme being planned to undermine the Gulf leadership,” sources were quoted as saying.

    They said that UAE’s Emir Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan had raised his concerns with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa two days ago on December 14.

    Meanwhile, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said decision about Imran Khan’s visit to Malaysia to attend the Kuala Lumpur Summit will be taken according to national interest.

    She noted that after his Bahrain visit, the prime minister will go to Geneva and then return Pakistan Wednesday and then a decision would be taken regarding his Malaysia visit. There were reports that the prime minister would be attending the upcoming summit from December 19 to 21. It is pertinent that the summit was finalised during a trilateral meeting involving Turkey, Pakistan and Malaysia in September in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session. Among others, the summit will be attended by leaders of Turkey, Qatar and Iran besides, Malaysia playing the host.
     
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    After six days Imran Khan's nephew has not been arrested. This is a great opportunity for IK to prove to world that nobody under his jurisdiction is above the law. If his nephew his arrested and duly prosecuted for his involvement in attack on cardiac hospital in Lahore, then it will set an exemplary precedent.
     
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    why should khan arrest his nephew? Hes the PM not law enforcement. that would be executive over reach. Arrest is the job of law enforcement and prosecution is the job of the judiciary.... not khan.
    though that said i doubt khan would.
     
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    Ok. That clarifies the issue. Previous PMs have no fault, responsibility nor any obligation to bring to justice all the criminals that roamed around in their jurisdictions, great logic.
     
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    Do you understand how branches of the state work? Its not khans job to round up alleged criminals and punish them. That's for the judiciary and law enforcement respectively.
    The only thing khan could do as i said is use his immense political influence... which he wont. Lets not be naive.
    If it was the pm's job to apprehend criminals they'd be called police officers.
     
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    lets do little thought excercise here. Who would want a primiister with the ability to order the extrajudicial arrest of citizens?

    before you say yes, jut understand the consequences. imagine if khan didn't like a particular opponent and brought him innand summarily imprisoned him? stupidity of people and their kneejerk hysteria causes all sorts of side effects.
     
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    I think what you are saying will only please the PTI supporters, but not the neutral observers, but perhaps this is not your objective in the first place. Fact of the matter is IK and PTI grandees used to blame the PM, CM, ministers and whole executive machinery for the crimes committed by individuals, example of Gullu Butt comes to the mind here.

    Unfortunately PTI and IK stand accused of exactly the same incompetence and excuses that they used to attribute others with. PTI should have their full term and allowed to show their performance, but it does not mean people should become blind towards their incompetence and poor performance.

    Besides it was a golden chance for IK to show when he keeps harping on and on about 'Medina Ki Riyasat', he really means it, where the ruler of the day used go out his way to punish family members for wrongdoings.

    Yeah but let not be naive here.
     
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    yes you are being naive, theres no too ways around this.
    What executive privelage allows khan to throw people in jail for alleged crimes?
    If khan does apply undue pressures on the judiciary then that brings into question whether this nephew can get a fair trial.
    dude i dont care either way. But if khan applies undue political pressure on the judiciary one way or the other.... thats bad.
    Khan himself doesn't have the remit to punish him so i really dont know what you're voing on about..
     
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    The only thing the government can do is strengthen institutions and fund them in order to build their capacity - they can’t influence them unduly otherwise Nawaz would be rotting in jail as would his daughter, rather than living luxury lifestyles with stolen wealth.

    so I don’t think IK could have anyone arrested.

    That said, questions need to be asked about why the police haven’t arrested him and why there is no prosecution ongoing - assuming that’s the case at present.

    PTI can’t be blamed for not arresting and punishing this guy but they can be blamed for the incompetence of the police and government prosecution if they are underperforming - that’s fair criticism.
     
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    Valid point.
     
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    https://www.dailysabah.com/diplomac...alaysia-qatar-iran-will-continue-erdogan-says

    “Unfortunately, we see that Saudi Arabia pressures Pakistan. Now, there are promises that the country has given to Pakistan regarding the central bank. However, more than that, there are 4 million Pakistanis working in Saudi Arabia. They (threaten by saying that they) would send (Pakistanis) back and re-employ Bangladeshi people instead,” Erdoğan said, adding that the kingdom has also used similar threatening tactics regarding the central bank case by claiming that they would withdraw their money. According to Erdoğan, due to its economic difficulties, Pakistan had to obey such threats, while implying that Indonesia has also suffered from similar problems.
     
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    Once again. A shame for us that our PM is so useless that somebody else has to tell us why he couldn't go to Malaysia.
     
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    Hush your noise. You think nawaz sharif would be any different? Infact didn't he run to Saudi Arabia when he got exiled first time around?

    Mentally ill patricia is right in pointing out saudi arabias excessive influence over pakistan. But hes just trying to score cheap points.... surprisingly his foresight doesnt extend to india. :)
     
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    Will PMIK step up?

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50878432

    A university lecturer in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blasphemy.
    Junaid Hafeez, 33, was arrested in March 2013 and accused of posting derogatory comments about the Prophet Muhammad on social media.
    Allegations of blasphemy are taken very seriously in Pakistan, and even an accusation is often enough to make someone a target for hardliners.
    Mr Hafeez's first lawyer, Rashid Rehman, was shot dead in 2014 after agreeing to take on the case.
    The lecturer has also spent years in solitary confinement, after repeated attacks by other prisoners.
    What are Pakistan's blasphemy laws?
    Pakistan 'blasphemy lawyer' murdered
    Dozens arrested after Pakistan blasphemy riots
    The sentence was delivered by a court in the Central Jail in Multan, where Mr Hafeez was being held.
    Mr Hafeez had studied a Master's degree in the US on a Fulbright Scholarship, specialising in American literature, photography and theatre.
    After returning to Pakistan he took up a lecturer position at Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) in Multan, where he worked until his arrest.
     

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