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The YouTube ban in Pakistan has just entered its sixteenth month--with its duration equally divided between the previous government which slapped it and the current government which was supposed to undo it.
Finally the government is working on the much needed improvement of energy mix. There are talks on conversion of existing efficient furnace oil based independent power plants to coal-fired technology. There is no denying the benefits to the fuel mix by saving on import bill and cut in the power production cost.
Continuing from our last discussion on the GSP Plus, this column will delve further and explore the scheme impact on different sectors of the textile industry.
It isn even a month since the British Virgin Islands based company, Vision Financial Holdings Limited (VFHL) showed its intent to buy a strategic stake of 49.11 percent (or 492.4 million shares) in Meezan Bank, the leading Islamic bank of the country. The stake is currently held by Kuwait based Noor Financial Holdings Limited (NFHL).
Warid may not have changed ownership yet, but it doesn seem to be sulking in the waiting game either. Just a few days back, the fifth-ranked cellular operator in the country announced its entry into the market for mobile financial services (or branchless banking), along with its partner, Bank Alfalah Limited (BAL).
This may sound like a cliché heard over and over again in the last two decades, but it couldn be truer than it is today: Pakistan is really at a crucial point in history.
It is one thing when the electronic media misleads public-it is entirely another thing when the judiciary does the same. This is not to question the intentions on the part of either institution; it is either deficiency of the required skill set or lack of research or both.