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Status of Minorities

Every now and then something happens that highlights the precarious situation in which the non-Muslim religious minorities are living in Pakistan. However, the gloss on the issues of religious minorities proves to be fleeting in nature. The pattern that has emerged from a number of recent incidents is that the government’s interest stays alive in such cases as long as …

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Pakistan’s Changing Climate Concerns

Pakistans Changing Climate Concerns

Pakistan’s high vulnerability to adverse impacts of climate change, in particular of extreme climatic events, means that the country is in dire need of innovative mitigation and adaptation technologies to effectively manage recurring natural disasters triggering climate change as well as rapidly increasing levels of GHG emissions so as to lessen the damage to life, property, natural ecosystems and economy …

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Soaring Unemployment, Some measures to tackle the challenge

Soaring Unemployment

On January 13, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) released its 2017 World Employment and Social Outlook report according to which global unemployment is expected to rise by 3.4 million. The increase, while a modest 5.7 to 5.8%, is due to deteriorating labour market conditions in emerging countries, particularly those in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the case …

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Water Security, Pakistan’s most Critical Development Challenge

Water Security

“Water is not only for life … water is life.” Themed as ‘Water and Sustainable Development’, March 22nd this year marks the World Water Day that is celebrated every year under the banner of the UN-Water. The day serves as an opportunity to highlight the importance of water at the heart of sustainable development. Given the scarce water resources in …

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A Global Nuclear Winter Thinking the Unthinkable

A Global Nuclear Winter Thinking the Unthinkable

The US National Intelligence Council recently released its quadrennial report titled “Global Trends: Paradox of Progress” wherein it predicted a nuclear war between India and Pakistan in 2028. The report pointed out that “India will be the world’s fastest growing economy during the next five years” and that “Pakistan will feel compelled to address India’s economic and conventional military capabilities …

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The AILING HEALTH SECTOR

The AILING HEALTH SECTOR

The health sector in Pakistan has been under perpetual crisis since long. The neglect of those at the helm of affairs can be seen in the fact that Pakistan is among the four countries in the world – others being Cameron, Laos and Nigeria – having lowest percentage of GDP spending on health. Even the war-torn Afghanistan was spending more …

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FATA Reforms, Option of Merger with KP

FATA Reforms

The debate on FATA reforms has entered into a decisive stage, and the Federal Cabinet, in its latest meeting on February 07 was supposed to approve it but due to unending scuffle among the FATA parliamentarians and few pro-status quo politicians, FATA Reforms Bill, once again, remained off the agenda and was not discussed in the meeting. The conflict of …

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Challenges Confronting the CPEC, Analysing External and Internal Factors

Challenges Confronting the CPEC

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the strategic, game-changer project that involves an investment of $46 billion—roughly 20% of Pakistan annual GDP— is poised to change the future of not only both China and Pakistan but also of the entire region. Gwadar port promises to offer huge dividends not just to Pakistan and China but has the potential to bring about benefits …

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Benazir Income Support Programme, There’s always room for improvement

Benazir Income Support Programme

Recently, a British newspaper the Daily Mail accused the British government of squandering more than £1 billion in foreign aid given away in cash over the past five years. It took umbrage at one scheme in particular: the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), which provides families in Pakistan with an amount of over 1500 rupees per month with the objective …

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The Kinks in PAKISTAN-INDIA RELATIONS

The Kinks in PAKISTAN-INDIA RELATIONS

Mistrust, mudslinging and divergent regional objectives are the issues that have impeded both India and Pakistan from improving the chronically-strained relationship. Despite huge potential of bilateral trade as well as of security cooperation, both countries continue to remain at loggerheads and are reluctant to improve their ties and harness their resources through greater regional economic connectivity. Since coming into power …

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