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THE CASE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE

THE CASE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE

At the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, held in Geneva on March 6, 2018, the United Nations Environ­mental Program (UN Environment) launched the “Environmental Rights Initiative” to underscore the primacy of the environment for a sustainable future. The initiative aims at recognising citizens’ environmental rights as part of what constitutes ‘human rights’. And it aims at improving environmental ... Read More »

Human rights and peace

Human rights and peace

A WEEK ago, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights issued the first-ever report on human rights in Kashmir. “This is not a conflict frozen in time,” said the UNHCHR head. “It is a conflict that has robbed millions of their basic human rights and continues to inflict untold suffering.” The report has urged the UN Human Rights Council “to ... Read More »

A challenging transition

Human rights and peace

Fata’s merger with KP might face a lot of hardship in the face of uncooperative tribal elders and weak strategies The merger of the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has changed the geography of the province, making it more important strategically in the regional context. The merger adds 27200 sqkm to the current 101741 sqkm of ... Read More »

New initiatives for Afghan peace

New initiatives for Afghan peaceNew initiatives for Afghan peace

The recent ceasefire in Afghanistan rekindles hopes for peace, thanks to the convergence of interests among the US, the Afghan government and Pakistan It was endearing for many to see the vivid images of Afghans hugging, embracing and posing for photos with Taliban insurgents in the wake of a three-day ceasefire, as announced by the Taliban, which went into effect ... Read More »

Is China Bringing Peace to Afghanistan?

Is China Bringing Peace to Afghanistan?

China’s role in Afghanistan is undoubtedly growing. What does that mean for the peace process? On June 9, the Taliban ordered its fighters to “stop offensive operations against Afghan forces for the first three days of Eid-al-Fitr” this week. Its announcement came just days after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared a ceasefire against the insurgent group. The ceasefires are for ... Read More »

Media and polls

Media and polls

DOES media coverage — frequent and favourable — make a critical difference to winning an election? Is money the pivotal factor to secure victory at the polls? Though it is tempting to answer ‘yes’ to both these questions, it is almost equally tempting to say ‘no’. And to add: ‘not by these factors alone’. Factors that influence balloting success need ... Read More »

A Milestone Political Moment for Pakistan’s Tribal Belt

A Milestone Political Moment for Pakistan’s Tribal Belt

Last month, Pakistan made one of the most important political moves in its 70-year history. Parliament passed legislation, officially the 25th Constitutional Amendment Bill, which paves the way for the merger of Pakistan’s semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas with the neighboring province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. On May 31, Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain signed the bill into law. Pakistan’s tribal belt will ... Read More »

The post-West order

The post-West order

During the recent G7 summit, the president of the European Council – a subsidiary of the EU – sent out the warning that Donald Trump’s trade and diplomatic initiatives may end up bolstering attempts to put in place a ‘post-West’ international order. Do such apprehensions hold water? Some recent developments have driven a wedge between the US and its Western ... Read More »

Is the GCC dead?

Is the GCC dead?

A year after the start of the Saudi-led siege of Qatar, the Gulf Cooperation Council is all but dead. The GCC was created by Saudi King Khalid in May 1981 during the Iran-Iraq War to provide strength through unity for the gulf monarchies; the United States was its midwife. Never a tight union, the GCC nonetheless was a useful means ... Read More »

Re-thinking the national water policy

Re-thinking the national water policy

PAKISTAN approved its first National Water Policy on April 24, 2018. Following this, a recent wave of discussions on social media seems to have brought the water crisis back to the forefront. Many believe that the construction of the Kalabagh dam will solve Pakistan’s water crisis. The active water storage capacity of the Kalabagh dam is estimated to be 6.1 ... Read More »