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Key takeaways from census results

Key takeaways from census results

So we are 207+ million in number, up from 132+ million back in 1998. If we keep on growing like this, we’ll be the third-largest country in the world by 2050 with 450+ million humans, behind India and China. This growth rate is outrageous. For the last 19 years, we have been adding one person to our population every eight …

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Alleviation of polydimensional poverty demands manifold measures

Alleviation of polydimensional poverty demands manifold measures

LAHORE: The multilayered dynamics of poverty and the tortuous underlying causes for its being so relentlessly widespread in our country have always been turned a blind eye to because hunger, which is only one of its dimensions, has been mistaken for impoverishment. The economic survey 2016-17 is silent on the state of poverty in Pakistan except a sweeping statement that …

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The population bomb

The population bomb

Despite predictions to the contrary, the preliminary results of the 6th Population and Housing Census 2017 have been released. They were presented to the Council of Common Interests, one of the highest decision making bodies of the government, for further consideration and action. It seems that its short stint in office, the Abbasi government is taking more decisions in the …

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Militarisation of America’s Afghan policy

Militarisation of America’s Afghan policy

On August 21st, in front of an audience of military personnel gathered at Fort Myer, Virginia, President Donald Trump announced a new strategy for dealing with the situation in Afghanistan. During the long campaign for the presidency, Trump said that he did not want to have the American troops fighting foreign wars. He would, he told his cheering supporters, the …

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Sindh’s six divisions see fractional change in population

Sindh s six divisions see fractional change in population

ISLAMABAD: The concentration of population in six administrative divisions of Sindh fractionally changed during the past 19 years, with Karachi Division’s population increasing to 16.05 million or slightly over one-third of the province’s total population. Any change in the population concentration patterns influences delimitation of seats for the National Assembly and the provincial assembly. Out of the 16.05 million Karachi …

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OBOR is a global game-changer, but for who?

OBOR is a global game-changer but for who

The One Belt One Road Ini­tia­tive is a global game-changer, a unique opportunity for nations to share in a trillion-dollar programme that offers a win-win formula for all. That’s the conclusion of Professor Feng Da Hsuan, director of Global Affairs at the University of Macau, in his recent lecture on how OBOR will create a ‘Super-continent’ that could spark a …

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Planet’s warning

Planet s warning

QUESTION: what’s the best way to ensure that an issue gets state attention? Answer: make it a matter of national security. So here goes. The world last week focused on a Russian tanker floating through the Arctic without an icebreaker, the latest sign of the rapid pace of climate change. Unfortunately, Pakistanis have problems to worry about closer to home. …

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Trump owns the Afghan war

Trump owns the Afghan war

The US President and more so the US Secretary of State, have left the door open for a re-calibrated US-Pakistan relationship. The long awaited US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia was announced in a clearly articulated and carefully delivered speech by President Trump. There was no ambiguity and no glossing over difficult and sensitive issues. The President’s message was …

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South Asia’s new game of thrones

South Asia’s new game of thrones

US President Donald Trump bestowed upon India an eclectic range of responsibilities in Afghanistan by declaring it an ally and calling Pakistan a delinquent rather than an ally. Trump appreciated India’s contribution in bringing stability to Afghanistan but urged it to help the United States more with that country, especially in the area of economic assistance and development. Trump’s new …

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The case of Nacta

The case of Nacta

FORMER interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had directed the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) to prepare an anti-extremism narrative. His successor Ahsan Iqbal, during his maiden visit to the authority’s headquarters recently, tasked the authority with developing a coordinated strategy in consultation with the provinces to implement the National Action Plan (NAP). These are not the only tasks the …

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