Topic: politcal prisoners
I wait for the five-minute phone call or the ten-minute video call to home. But just as we start talking, the timer ticks off. Never before have I realised the value of every second.
The increase in momentum of 'self-reliance' projects by the defence ministry is palpable. But it can't be successful as a standalone initiative.
A knock-out listing could see LIC raise as much as $10 billion from the IPO with a minimum dilution of 5%. That would make it the third biggest globally involving an insurer.
Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.