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Pakistan continued to benefit from strengthened economic ties to China in 2016. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which has gained considerable traction as the planned energy and infrastructure projects have matured, is being viewed as a springboard for further investment from US and European countries looking to establish companies in Pakistan, while it is hoped that the power projects will assist in reducing the country’s energy deficit.

The controversial 2015 Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act bill, which was passed by Pakistan’s National Assembly in April 2016 and is due to be approved by the senate, has been widely criticised for its draconian stance on human rights and free speech. A landmark bill on women’s rights is also set to be passed in the next year.

HaidermotaBNR, Mohsin Tayebaly & Co, Orr, Dignam & Co. and RIAA Barker Gillette are among Pakistan’s most established law firms. In 2015, Liaquat Merchant and Ebrahim Hosain merged to form LMA|Ebrahim Hosain. Karachi and Lahore are the main hubs for law firms, while a number also field offices in Islamabad and Peshawar.

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