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Higher Education in Post 18th Amendment Era

Higher Education

By: Uzair Salman  The 2018 annual report released by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan described the state of higher education in Pakistan in one sentence: “The focus has not been on the promotion of higher education, but on legal battles and survival issues.” Under the 18th Amendment, the provincial governments were supposed to establish their own higher education commissions ... Read More »

Pakistan in 2019

Pakistan in 2019

By:  Dr Hafiz A. Pasha What the new year holds for the country? he year 2018 ended with a hangover of uncertainty on the economic, political and social fronts. Consequently, the outlook for 2019 is seen with some trepidation. Will the incipient domestic financial crisis finally be overcome or will there be a veritable collapse on the economic front? Will the ... Read More »

Some Possible Solutions to KASHMIR ISSUE

KASHMIR ISSUE

Kashmir has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan since the two countries gained independence in 1947. Although 71 years have passed since then, this long-stretched issue still occupies a paramount position in India-Pakistan relations. The seeds of conflict were sown at the time of partition of the Indian Subcontinent because there were 565 princely states at that ... Read More »

Kashmir Issue

Kashmir Issue

Peace is the Key The renewed wave of violence has brought the Kashmir issue, which had largely been eclipsed since the 9/11 attacks, back to the international radar. This has happened especially because Kashmir has become a global hotspot for major human rights violations. This is due to this fact that several international bodies are now openly calling for close ... Read More »

A New Era Dawns for Pakistan Turkey Relations

A New Era Dawns for Pakistan Turkey Relations

In today’s modern world, bilateral visits and interactions always contribute to cementing of relations between two countries. At present, Pakistan is passing through turbulent times amidst its sagging economy as well as fast-emerging regional and global developments. In this critical time, we have only a few countries that are standing firmly with us with Turkey being prominent among them. Prime ... Read More »

COP24 Rulebook and the Future

COP24 Rulebook and the Future

By: Engr Sarfraz Saroya Sink or swim, onus is on us The world’s nations took another step toward addressing the perils of climate change at the latest Conference of the Parties (COP24), which concluded on December 15, 2018, in Katowice, Poland. The most important product of COP24 appears to be a “rulebook” that has been described by the United Nations ... Read More »

FAKE NEWS! Is it here to stay?

The term “fake news” has become an epithet that US President Donald Trump attaches to any unfavourable story. But, it is also an analytical term that describes deliberate disinformation presented in the form of a conventional news report. The problem is not completely novel. In 1925, Harper’s Magazine published an article about the dangers of “fake news.” But today two-thirds ... Read More »

Afghanistan Roundup 2018

Afghanistan Roundup 2018

Politics, Security, Peace Talks and Prospects Afghanistan has spent another year in the shadow of volatile security situation, crumbling economic conditions, unpredictable political environment and scarcity of resources, as well as some new developments that have created hopes for a comparatively stable Afghanistan in the year 2019. Among those few new developments, the most important one is the holding of ... Read More »

China’s Reforms Will Never Stop

China's Reforms Will Never Stop

A revolution that transforms the world’s second biggest economy “The world has seen China’s accelerating reform and opening up, and its determination to carry it forward. China’s reforms will never stop, and its doors will only open ever wider.” — China’s President Xi Jinping (in his New Year Speech) China’s opening up and reforms do not have an extensive history. ... Read More »

The Afghan Imbroglio

The Afghan Imbroglio

Switch your TV on, you will watch news on Afghanistan; look at the newspaper, you will read about Afghanistan; scroll home pages of Facebook and Twitter down or up, you will find dozens of news stories, articles and features related to political and military developments in Afghanistan. Amidst this flux of news, one question that arises in everyone’s mind is: ... Read More »