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This is apropos a Business Recorder op-ed "Whither taxpayers money" by Huzaima Bukhari and Dr Ikramul Haq. That the two writers are prolific and consistent is a fact that has found its best expression from their approach to country's taxation system. Not only are they professional and competent insofar as their knowledge of the subject is concerned, they exhibit their strong commitment to the people of this country and their welfare and interests. They have, therefore, plausibly argued that "in Pakistan, taxpayers' money is not spent for the purpose it is collected. It is wasted and/or abused mercilessly.
The decision of the Chief Minister Sindh to limit retail market opening time from 9am to 7pm is highly commendable though what remains to be seen is whether the shopkeeper community will comply with this regulation; so far, this community has defied all such rational regulations, given the purely self-serving backing of such defiance by the trade bodies.
Not only is India making baseless allegations against Pakistan, it is also sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan, particularly in FATA and Balochistan. No doubt, India's prime minister Narendra Modi seems to have lost his marbles. PPP chairman has rightly pointed out that the "butcher of Gujarat has now become butcher of Kashmir". How ironic it is that the world community paying little or no heed to the atrocities being committed by the Indian occupation forces in the held Kashmir. In his swan song President Obama, for example, preferred to ignore gross human rights violations in Indian-held Kashmir. That India has no concrete evidence to prove Pakistan's involvement-overt or covert-in the Uri attack is a fact that has found its best expression in the noise raised by Indian leadership when the attack was still ongoing. No doubt, India is trying to deflect the global attention from the IHK conundrum. Use of brute force against men, women, elderly and children has given a new dimension to the Kashmiris' struggle for self-determination.
This is apropos a Business Recorder editorial 'Nuclear safety partnership' carried by the newspaper recently. The newspaper argues, among other things, that "as compared with Pakistan India may do better economically or amass huge stockpiles of conventional weapons but where it cannot outmatch Pakistan is nuclear potential. And this very potential, also called nuclear deterrence; is the guarantee for peace and stability in South Asia. Were it not there, the protagonists of Cold Start Doctrine in New Delhi would have opted for another bout with Pakistan. But when told that it would be befittingly countered with battlefield nuclear weapons, sanity returned from where it was itching to take off."
Business Recorder dated 19th September, 2016 in its editorial on the proceedings of Fiscal & Monetary Policies Co-ordination Board meeting held on 9th September, 2016 under the chairmanship of Finance Minister has made observations that private sector members on the Board has not been made part of the press release issued by the Ministry of Finance.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has rightly described Indian state's aggression in Kashmir as barbarism. He has taken the right approach to the Kashmir issue through a number of steps, including handing over a dossier of Indian forces atrocities against Kashmiris to the UN Secretary General.
Business Recorder op-ed writer Farhat Ali has been making highly valuable efforts towards explaining various facets or features of the system. He has plausibly argued that during the last decade, with years of poor governance, the institutions decline with some being on the verge of collapse. There is a need to carry out due diligence and rationalisation of the institutions to restore them to their rightful position. The most important are the ones that have the policymaking and operational state responsibilities - the foremost being the ministries under the federal government and the subsidiaries operating under them. The conduct of this segment of the state machinery matters the most for the economic and social welfare of the state. Much of public money is being spent to sustain them while their deliverables are neither transparent nor measurable.