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World in Focus (May-June 2018)

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NATIONAL May 16: Husain Lawai was elected as the chairman of Pakistan Stock Exchange Limited (PSX). May 16: The Exchange of Data Information (EDI) between Pakistan and China operationalized. Under the EDI, tax authorities of both countries would share imports and exports data through connected electronic software. May 16: Salman Badeni, the Balochistan chief of proscribed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was killed during ... Read More »

False Dawn in Afghanistan?

False Dawn in Afghanistan?

A temporary Taliban truce, despite the opportunity it presents, doesn’t mean peace is about to break out anytime soon. In recent days, unprecedented developments in Afghanistan have brought new hope to one of the most war-stricken countries in the world. The Afghan government and the Taliban declared separate brief cease-fires to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Over a remarkable three-day ... Read More »

Countervailing the climate crisis

Countervailing the climate crisis

Pakistan presents some of the most breathtaking landscapes, with glacier-topped mountain ranges in the north to the sea and desert in the south. But the same climatic and topographical diversity makes it among the top 10 countries that are most vulnerable to climate change. The last decade has seen Pakistan battered by the full force of nature’s wrath, with erratic ... Read More »

The Future of Pakistan by Stephen P. Cohen

The Future of Pakistan by Stephen P. Cohen

By:Nargis Zahra Stephen P. Cohen is an established expert on politics of Pakistan. Presently, he is rendering his services as a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Program at Brookings Institution, Washington DC. He is currently a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on International Security and Arms Control. In his long career as an academician, Stephen P. Cohen ... Read More »

Mending higher education

Mending higher education

The higher education sector has been under serious crisis for the last several years. Over the last decade, the procedures introduced by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) have become overly bureaucratic and overly intrusive in university affairs. The HEC Ordinance clearly lays down what the commission can or cannot do. Universities must remain autonomous, governed by their own statutory bodies ... Read More »

Pakistan needs to double gas production in 5-7 years

Pakistan needs to double gas production in 5-7 years

ISLAMABAD: At present, political parties are defining and refining their agendas or manifestoes. Normally before elections, they are more attentive and keen to listen and later too busy or content to listen. Hence, we would like to identify some of the most required issues and priorities for their consideration. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government accomplished a number of things ... Read More »

Driving the world towards a trade war

Driving the world towards a trade war

In its 1993 report on what it called East Asia’s “miracle economies,” the World Bank identified two reasons for the remarkable economic success of these countries. The state played an important role by guiding private enterprise into the areas of manufacturing in which there was a growing global demand. The second reason was the opening of the world trade system. ... Read More »

Development, not mainstreaming

Development, not mainstreaming

We often hear the term mainstreaming in contemporary public discourse in Pakistan. Most often the term mainstreaming is used for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Balochistan and other remote regions of the country and their residents. The idea and motive behind using the term mainstreaming in public discourse is to bring the above-mentioned regions and their inhabitants on a ... Read More »

Governance and privatization of state-owned enterprises

Governance and privatization of state-owned enterprises

Good governance is commonly understood to embody the characteristics of accountable, transparent, participatory, responsive, effective, and efficient; to minimize corruption; to take into account the views of minorities; and finally, and perhaps most importantly, to follow the rule of law. This paper presents and examines governance issues related to the privatization of state-owned enterprises (SOEs). JUDICIAL RESTRAINT: ACTIVISM OR ADVENTURISM? ... Read More »

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 »