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FATA reforms: Untangling the Agency Development Fund

FATA reforms: Untangling the Agency Development Fund

PESHAWAR: As the government nears end of term, the ruling party attempts to make good on its commitment to mainstream Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). In an address to the National Assembly on May 2, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reaffirmed his government’s pledge to implement recommendations outlined in Fata Reforms Committee 2016 report. A day later, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister …

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The dilemma of malnutrition

The dilemma of malnutrition

Scientific research and use of better agricultural technologies can help counter this greatest global health challenge Six-year old Ayaan was pale and lean. He was slow in studies and less active in sports. His parents were alarmed when one day the child fainted. Initial checkup and tests were enough to reveal the child as severely anemic. “I was surprised to …

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The promise of technology

The promise of technology

L P Hartley once said, “The past is a foreign country”. He clearly wasn’t thinking of Pakistan when he said this. As election season draws closer, one theme that sticks out the most is ‘sameness’. The names are the same (Khan, Sharif, Bhutto), the acronyms are the same (PPP, PTI, PML), the faces are the same, and of course, the …

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Who Will Win the New Great Game?

Who Will Win the New Great Game?

HAMBURG, Germany — To claim we are living through a new Cold War is both an understatement and a category mistake. The 20th-century face-off between the Communist East and the Capitalist West was, ideology aside, about two superpowers trying to contain each other. The global conflict of today is far less static. What we are witnessing instead is a new …

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Sindh youth policy

Sindh youth policy

NEAR the end of its tenure, the Sindh government announced a new youth policy. It has many outputs, including creating a youth commission, information system for documenting youth, placement bureaus, incubation centres at universities, assistance in skill development, options in seeking financial assistance for entrepreneurship and more. It also promises a possible revival of student unions. With scant time left …

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How the Human Rights Movement Failed

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The human rights movement, like the world it monitors, is in crisis: After decades of gains, nearly every country seems to be backsliding. Viktor Orban in Hungary, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines and other populist leaders routinely express contempt for human rights and their defenders. But from the biggest watchdogs to monitors at the United Nations, the human rights movement, …

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The Mideast conundrum

The Mideast conundrum

Sending of Saudi troops to Syria will be a dangerous step as it may throw the neighbouring countries in bloody conflicts In a dangerous move to the already prolonged civil war in Syria, Saudi Arabia has shown willingness to send troops to the war-torn country as a part of a broader international coalition. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), …

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REGION: SHIFTING PARADIGMS

REGION: SHIFTING PARADIGMS

Sun Tzu, perhaps one of the most famous war strategists, explicated the concept of the Divine Skein in The Art of War, which in itself is the most famous treatise on warfare. The Divine Skein was a war stratagem of hemming in the enemy by subterfuge, espionage and other non-violent means instead of military conflict. Presently, the relations between China …

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Authoritarianism at saturation point

Authoritarianism at saturation point

Political liberties are kept under watch when the goal becomes to protect the security state paradigm at all costs Some recent instances of executive authoritarianism have disquieted people as if the state’s overbearing role were a new addition to the body politic. News media in general has been stopped from expressing itself freely and academic freedom in universities is also …

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Fiscal policy and the levers of growth

Fiscal policy and the levers of growth

One of the important questions at this juncture is how to ensure sustainability of current wave of economic growth and what could be the future growth levers? The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has provided a new narrative for Pakistan’s economy. Going past 5 per cent economic growth rate is a significant achievement for a country that had to deal …

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