Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pak PM Sharif's Big Tests: Load Shedding, Terrorism, US Drones and Imran Khan

Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister; IPP's Role in Power Crisis; TTP Deputy Leader killed in Drone Attack; DNA Testing and Rape cases.

Viewpoint from Overseas host Faraz Darvesh discusses with Riaz Haq, Sabahat Ashraf, and Ali Hasan Cemendtaur Nawaz Sharif’s third time as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Is Nawaz Sharif a changed person, the future of War on Terror, recent drone attack that killed Wali Ur Rehman of TTP, Council of Islamic Ideology and its verdict on using DNA testing in deciding rape cases.

This show was recorded at 12:30 pm PST on Thursday, May 30, 2013.

New democratic government taking charge in Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, War on Terror and future of drone attacks, Center vs KPK, Government vs Army, Pakistan vs USA, Faraz Darvesh, Riaz Haq, Sabahat Ashraf, iFaqeer, Ali Hasan Cemendtaur, WBT-TV, Viewpoint from Overseas, Pakistanis in the US, Silicon Valley Pakistanis, San Francisco Bay Area Pakistanis

انتخابات کے بعد آنے والی نءی حکومت کی ذمہ داریاں، نواز شریف بطور وزیر اعظم، کیا نواز شریف بدل گءے ہیں، تازہ ترین ڈرون حملہ، تحریک طالبان پاکستان کے ولی الرحمن حملے میں ہلاک، دہشت گردی کے خلاف جنگ کا مستقبل، مرکزی حکومت بمقابلہ صوباءی حکومت، خیبر پختونخواہ، عمران خان، اسلامی نظریاتی کونسل، مولانا اشرفی، زنا کے مقدمات میں ڈی این اے جانچ اول ثبوت کے طور پہ نہیں پیش کی جا سکتی، فراز درویش، ریاض حق، صباحت اشرف، آءی فقیر، علی حسن سمندطور، ڈبلیو بی ٹی ٹی وی، ویو پواءنٹ فرام اوورسیز، امریکہ میں پاکستانی، سلیکن ویلی، سان فرانسسکو بے ایریا

पाकिस्तान, कराची, विएव्पोइन्त फ्रॉम ओवरसीज , फ़राज़ दरवेश, रिअज़ हक , सबाहत अशरफ , ई फ़क़ीर, अली हसन समंदतौर, दब्लेव बी टी टीवी, सिलिकॉन वेली, कैलिफोर्निया, फार्रुख शाह खान, फार्रुख खान

পাকিস্তান,  করাচী,  ক্যালিফর্নিয়া, সিলিকোন ভ্যালি, ভিয়েব্পৈন্ট ফরম ওভারসিস

Виещпоинт фром Оверсеас, Цалифорния, Карачи, Пакистан, Фараз Дарвеш, Риац Хак, Сабахат Ашраф, И-фаяеер, Али Хасан Цемендтаур

، رياض  حق ، إي  فقير ، صباحات  أشرف ، علي حسن  سمند طور ، فيوبوينت فروم  أفرسيس ، كاليفورنيا، كراتشي  ، باكستان ،

പാക്കിസ്ഥാൻ  കറാച്ചി  കാലിഫോര്ണിയ  വീവ്പൊഇന്റ് ഫ്രം ഓവർസീസ്‌ ഫരശ് ദര്വേഷ്  രിഅശ് ഹഖ്  അലി ഹസാൻ സമണ്ട്ടൂർ  ഐ ഫഖീർ  സബഹറ്റ് അഷ്‌റഫ്‌

પાકિસ્તાન,  કરાચી,  ફરાઝ દરવેશ,  રીઅઝ હક, સબાહત અશરફ, અલી હસન સમાંન્દ્તૌર, કાલીફોર્નિયા, વિએવ્પોઇન્ત ફ્રોમ ઓવેર્સેઅસ

पाकिस्तान, कराची, विएव्पोइन्त फ्रोम ओवेर्सेअस, कॅलिफोर्निया, फराज दरवेश, रिअश हक़, साबाहत अश्रफ, ई फ़क़ॆर, आली हसन समंद तूर

פקיסטן, קראצ'י, קליפורניה, הטליבאן, האיסלאם.

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Hopewins said...

Where is your analysis of Sharif new idea of floating 5 billion$ worth of GOP bonds to rescue the power industry?

Is this a good idea? Will this solve the electricity black-outs problem? Will this affect other aspects of the economy? Will it have unintended negative consequences?

If it were really this simple, then why did PPP not do it before?

What are your thoughts on this?

Note: Pakistan's total annual savings right now is about 18 billion$. So Sharif is proposing to borrow 28% of all available national savings just to save the power industry! Wow! Just think about that.....

Riaz Haq said...

Here's a News report on Pak budget 2013:

Total outlay for Federal Budget 2013-14 Rs3.591 trillion; fiscal deficit 8%; PSDP Rs1.155 trn; GDP growth rate projected at 4.8%; inflation 9.5%; revenue target set at Rs2.475 trn; Rs926 bn allocated for debt servicing; GST raised from 16 to 17 percent; Rs75 bn allocated for Income Support Programme; Pension up by 10%; minimum pension raised from Rs3000 to 5000; Rs225 bn for energy sector development.

ISLAMABAD: The newly formed government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Wednesday unveiled what is being termed as ‘an investment and business friendly budget’ with a total outlay of Rs3.591 trillion for the financial year 2013-14.

Finance Minister, Senator Ishaq Dar presented the budget speech at the special budget session of the National Assembly.

The budget envisages a record allocation of Rs1.155 trillion for Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) with the aim to stimulate the dilapidated economy.

Dar proposed an increase in General Sales Tax (GST) from 16 percent to 17, a decision which is going to further raise the prices of commodities for the people already battered by the worst price hike in the country.

As an austerity measure, Ishaq Dar proposed to bring down the expenditures of Prime Minister House expenditures by 45 percent, which he claimed will result in a national saving of Rs40 billion.

There will be a complete ban on purchase of new cars for Prime Minister’s office but the ban will not be applicable for law enforcement agencies and other inevitable requirements.

An increase of 10 percent has been proposed in the pension of retired government employees and the minimum monthly pension has been raised from Rs3000 to 5000.

The budget for next fiscal earmarks an amount of Rs75 billion under Income Support Program.

The tax exemption for luxury cars is proposed to be abolished while 1200 cc hybrid cars are being exempted form import duty. A concession of 25 percent has been proposed for 1800-2500 cc cars and 1200-1800 cc cars 50% duty reduction.

GDP growth rate target for FY 2013-14 has been projected at 4.8 percent and revenue target at Rs2.475 trillion. The non-tax income will be Rs800 billion

The government has allocated Rs185 billion as power subsidy.

Ishaq Dar maintained that the circular debt amounting to more than Rs500 billion will be eliminated in 60 days.

The budget proposes to abolish the ministers’ discretionary funds.

The government will initiate a Prime Minister Laptop scheme in the days to come.

Customs duty on water filtration equipment is proposed to be decreased while the people’s works program renamed as Tamir-e-Watan Pakistan program.

Dar said that the auction for 3G technology will be held soon and the borrowing from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will be reduced.

The rate of inflation will be kept under single digit and its targeted rate for FY 2013-14 has been fixed at 9.5 percent.

He said the government inherited a battered economy and the average rate of inflation stood at 13 percent in last five years.