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2018

Tackling Poverty in Pakistan

Poverty in Pakistan

By: Saqib Ali Pakistan is a country that has been blessed with abounding natural resources – both renewable and nonrenewable – that are sufficient for fulfilling all the needs of the people of the country. It has also vast agricultural productivity, huge livestock population, mighty rivers, dense forests and compatible seasons to boost up the production of corps. It is ... Read More »

Syria and Realignment in the Arab World

Bashar al-Assad

Since the beginning of the Arab nationalist movement in the late 19th and early 20th century, Syria has hoisted the banner of Arab nationalism. But after the beginning of civil war in 2011, Syria got diplomatically isolated in the Arab world but dynamics are now changing in Syria’s favour. Recently, President Bashar al-Assad said that Syria had reached a “major ... Read More »

Same WAR different shape

Same WAR different shape

The centenary of the Armistice, which marked the end of World War I, was commemorated on November 11. The ceremony in Paris was the most significant event, as more than 70 heads of state and government attended. It was, of course, necessary to mark this important anniversary as it was the bloodiest war humanity had ever seen till then; there ... Read More »

­­Regionalism and Pakistan

­­Regionalism and Pakistan

By: Tariq Mahmood Khan Globalization is the product of the ongoing twenty-first century and it has deep impacts on all parts and all nations of the world. Many new phenomena have emerged as a result of this exclusive process. Although regionalism is relatively an older phenomenon, it has assumed immense importance as a by-product of globalization in the recent years. ... Read More »

Improving Ease of Doing Business Index

Improving Ease of Doing Business Index

Ease of Doing Business Index (EDBI) measures different aspects of business regulation, including commencing business activity, obtaining construction permits, getting electricity connections, registering property, accessing finances, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving solvency and regulating labour market, which are of utmost importance for the entrepreneurship as well as for enhancing business activity in any jurisdiction. As ... Read More »

Why Pakistan is “A WEAK STATE”

Why Pakistan is “A WEAK STATE”

The threshold for religious intolerance has become dangerously low in Pakistan. A slight provocation involving religious sentiments can quickly turn into violence. The boundaries of hate and bigotry have expanded as the state seems to be on the retreat. The never-ending appeasement policy of the state has emboldened extremist groups to such an extent that they are now openly challenging ... Read More »

Revamping Higher Education

Higher Education

By: Dr Shaukat Ali Mazari How to make our HEIs Relevant Today, Pakistan is going through severe social, political and especially economic crises. As an academic, I blame the higher education institutions for not playing their due role. Research on the utilization, technology development process intensification for local resources and skills upgradation of local workforce have been key for the ... Read More »

DEVOLUTION OF POWER

DEVOLUTION OF POWER

By: Abdul Rasool Syed Pakistan needs a good local government system To ensure good governance, decentralization of the centralized dispensation in a federal structure is of paramount importance. Devolution of power from centre to states, or provinces in the case of Pakistan, and then to local level is a sine qua non for heterogeneous countries like Pakistan, where large segments ... Read More »

Nuclearization of South Asia

Nuclearization of South Asia

Causes and the way forward Ever since the catastrophic power of atomic bombs was unleashed to the world with complete devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, massacre of nearly 300,000 people and the resultant capitulation of Japan before the United States in the Second World War, there have been an unending, fierce debate among international security analysts and military strategists on ... Read More »