September 26: Highlighting ‘incomplete devolution’ and institutional weaknesses as key development and governance challenges and pinning little hopes on technocratic government, the World Bank has advised Pakistan to create a ‘National Council of Ministers’ — comprising key federal and provincial representatives — to fill the vacuum for simultaneous and coordinated strengthening of poorly performing federal and provincial institutions, policies and accountability systems, Dawn reported.
Interest payments remain a challenge as govt paints rosy economic picture
December 4: Dawn reports painting a positive overall macroeconomic picture, the caretaker government is now hoping for a downhill journey from the painful inflation rate and a further increase in economic activities over the coming months.
Three US officials arriving this week to discuss Afghan issues
December 4: The Express Tribune reports a senior Biden Administration official dealing with refugee issues will begin a four-day trip to Islamabad from Monday (today) in the first of a series of visits by American officials amid deteriorating ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Elections in Pakistan: EU not sending full election observation mission
December 4: The News reported the European Union (EU) has informed the government here that due to paucity of time, it will not be sending a full election observation mission as it did in 2018. Also, no recommendations will be presented at the conclusion of February 8, 2024 elections.
‘On stage, I feel like we’re all in Year 11’: comedian Guz Khan on teaching and tough starts
December 3: The Guardian reports the Coventry comedian knows full well the power that humor has to change people’s lives – just look at what it’s done to his... There wasn’t much cash at home. Khan’s parents had immigrated to the UK from Pakistan: mum in the 70s, dad before. He was the youngest of their three kids.