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Pakistan shares much in common with Singapore, the former British colony that gained independence in 1959. One basic difference, however, accounts for Singapore’s success as one of the most economically stable Asian countries and our unenviable position as one of the third world’s most regressive on

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In Singapore, there are three major regional languages that are spoken by the majority along with English. Buddhism has the most numerous followers but Christianity, Islam and Hinduism also flourish. Home to more 5.5 million people, the city-state is united in its identity as one nation despite their culture having Malay, Chinese and Indian influences.

So what is that one reason? A political government that is ruling since day one with a national agenda. According to Transparency International’s report of 2020, Singapore is now among the top three corruption free countries in the world. How did its journey begin?

When the People’s Action Party, the ruling party from independence till now, took over, they had nothing much to work with except coastal areas. For a tiny country without any natural resource of its own, choices were limited to either the burgeoning communism movement or the growing capitalist influence. In a bid to stop the influence of China’s communism, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kopng and Taiwan were offered the chance to become Asian Tigers. During the Cold War, these countries turned into economic hubs, a status they hold to this day. People’s Action Party opened the country for free market economy, paving the way for its people to learn technical and business know-how.

Today, Singapore is home to 7,000 central or regional offices of multinational corporations. It’s the only Asian country with an AAA economic rating, and second in GDP earnings in the world. Its human resource became the most skilled in the world.

To reach this stage, Singapore made education, healthcare, residence and safety the responsibility of the state. More than 91% of the residents of Singapore own their own housing units. An excellent healthcare system has led to prolonged lives and one of the lowest infant mortality rates. Free market economy made Singapore a tax haven, a center for gambling and human smuggling. But the government remained undeterred and kept on focusing on human and economic progress. Outside interference was kept to a minimum.

Compare this to Pakistan, a country rich in natural resources but lagging at 154 on the Human Progress Index. More than half the population is extremely poor. Pakistan’s rulers were focused on corruption, illegal use of state resources. In the process, they destroyed institutions.

Pakistan tehreek-e-Insaf came into power with slogans of accountability. Forget about reducing corruption, the ruling party has somehow managed to increase it. All claims of government leaders and National Accountability bureau have been laid bare by the Transparency International Report where Pakistan has slipped in rankings during this government’s tenure. Shehbaz Gill tried to blame it all on the previous government, even going so far as to share reports from previous years in a dubious attempt to derail attention.

The general public wants to know exactly who is being held accountable. The Prime Minister, meanwhile, is confused about what he wants to make of the country; the State of Madina, the State of China or the State of Malaysia. Half his tenure is over but he remains undecided. Whatever system is brought into place, remember that leadership needs to focus on thinking for the country.

Try to learn from Singapore.

 

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Court reserved verdict on contempt of court petition against NA-128 RO

The court remarked that the matter is being looked into by the ECP, in such a case it does not constitute contempt of court.

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Lahore: After hearing the arguments on the contempt of court petition against the Returning Officer (RO) of National Assembly Constituency NA-128, the decision was reserved in the Lahore High Court (LHC).

According to the details, Justice Ali Baqir Najafi of LHC heard the contempt of court petition of independent candidate Salman Akram Raja, in which not following the court orders was highlighted.

Sameer Khosa Advocate appeared on behalf of the petitioner and argued that despite the assurance given to the court, the Returning Officer did not notify on the occasion of preparation of Form-48, therefore he the Returning Officer is guilty of contempt of court.

The court remarked that the matter is being looked into by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), in such a case it does not constitute contempt of court. If the court starts the proceedings today, what will be the legal status of the ECP. Against the RO's attitude, we had sent the matter to the Election Commission.

Later, the court reserved its decision regarding the admissibility of the petition.

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President says Pakistan focusing export increase to improve economy

Dr. Arif Alvi while  talking to a delegation of Miracle Saltworks Collective, a USA-based salt mining and processing company has said that Pakistan wants to promote foreign investment and joint ventures in various sectors.

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Islamabad: President Dr. Arif Alvi on Wednesday said Pakistan is focusing on increasing exports to improve its economic situation.

Talking to a delegation of Miracle Saltworks Collective, a USA-based salt mining and processing company, in Islamabad today, he said Pakistan wants to promote foreign investment and joint ventures in various sectors. He said we want mutually beneficial business partnerships with foreign companies.

The President noted that better processing, packaging and marketing can add value to our salt. He said Pakistani salt can be obtained with high quality and very low investment.

The delegation apprised the President about the potential of Pakistani salt mines in earning foreign exchange, saying that quality and mineral rich rock salt is found only in Pakistan.

The delegation acknowledged that Pakistani salt is of low cost and high quality, emphasizing that the country can benefit from the largest salt market in the world.

It noted that the quality of Pakistani salt in terms of mineral content is the best in the world, and responsible mining, better processing and marketing can increase the value of Pakistani salt.

The delegation informed the President that Miracle Salt Works Collective will invest in Pakistan's salt sector. The company will mine and process Pakistani salt using high-quality technology.

 

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Babar Azam completes 10,000 runs in T20 cricket

Babar Azam crossed this milestone today while playing for Peshawar Zalmi against Karachi Kings.

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Lahore: Pakistan's top batsman Babar Azam won another international title.

Babar Azam has become the fastest cricketer to score 10,000 T20 runs by breaking Chris Gayle's record in 271 innings.

Chris Gayle of West Indies had scored 10,000 T20 runs in 285 innings.

Babar Azam crossed this milestone today while playing for Peshawar Zalmi against Karachi Kings.

The former captain of Pakistan cricket team is the 13th player to score 10,000 T20 runs overall and he is also the only player to score 3,000 runs in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Babar Azam has played T20 matches for 19 teams in his career.

On the other hand, West Indies' Chris Gayle has scored the most 14,562 runs while Pakistan's Shoaib Malik has scored 13,159 T20 runs.

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