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Articles and Letters

Articles  Letters

Whither taxpayers' money

Published on September 30, 2016In Pakistan, taxpayers' money is not spent for the purpose it is collected. It is wasted and/or abused mercilessly. A big chunk of it goes for debt servicing and for giving free or concessional plots, extraordinary perks and perquisites and extending unthinkable luxuries to the privileged classes. In democratic countries, people enjoy many benefits in lieu of taxes paid by them. They get good facilities of health, education, justice, transport, housing and pension benefits, just to mention a few. In Pakistan, taxpayers are condemned and citizens are denied fundamental needs (universal entitlements). Therefore they find it worthless, rather irritating, to pay to the government-though Pakistanis are among the leading philanthropists of the world.Read full story

US presidential face - off

Published on September 30, 2016Over a 100 million TV viewers watched Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face-off in the first of three US Presidential debates in the evening of Monday, September 26. The build-up had been extraordinary, igniting huge emotions for and against the candidates. My friend Frank Neuman, vociferously Republican and therefore pro-Trump, summarised the expectations to be a "game changer", a watershed event in the US history.Read full story

A year of bombing in Syria stirs little debate in Russia

Published on September 30, 2016Veteran Russian opposition activist Sergei Davidis was among 300 people who showed up to a protest in Moscow against the start of the Kremlin's Syria bombing campaign. But that was pretty much the last demonstration. "As far as I know there haven't been any other events dedicated specifically to the Syria issue and the involvement of Russian forces in the conflict," Davidis told AFP.Read full story

PARTLY FACETIOUS: She wasn't Prime Minister material

Published on September 30, 2016"The First Daughter tweeted that the First Father successfully presented the Kashmir issue in the UN General Assembly and has returned to Pakistan."Read full story