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Towards unfreedom

Towards unfreedom

There is little cogent or visionary opposition to the decimation of India’s secular and tolerant tradition By: Amartya Sen “Faith,” it has been said, “will move mountains.” It is an encouraging belief — when we need to move mountains. But in our day-to-day life, relying on unquestioned faith rather than on reasoning can be a big obstacle to leading an …

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Trump and South Asia

Trump and South Asia

By: Zamir Akram Indian Prime Minister Modi’s recent US visit indicates the direction of Trump’s policy towards not only India, but South Asia as a whole. The ongoing review of the administration’s Afghan policy will also complement this strategy. This will have far-reaching implications for Pakistan. It is not surprising that Trump reaffirmed the partnership with India which has steadily …

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Why martial law is damaging?

Why martial law is damaging?

By: Mazhar Abbas Politics and politicians have always been treated as ‘negative elements’ within the powerful elite, who’ve often been blamed for providing an excuse for imposition of martial laws. The politicians are termed corrupt, and have been blamed for lacking capacity and capability to run the system. These have been some of the excuses which have been given to …

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A Cold War turning hot in the Middle East

A Cold War turning hot in the Middle East

By: Mohammed Ayoob The Cold War in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran is coming to a head. So far carried out with the help of proxies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere, it’s in danger of turning into a military confrontation between the two regional powers. A number of factors indicate that the Great Game is entering …

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When scarcity strikes

When scarcity strikes

By: Samar Quddus Water is a basic necessity of life. Since access to water has been recognised as a human right, the obligation to provide clean and safe drinking water across the globe has fallen on various government agencies. However, over one billion people across the globe do not have access to basic water supplies. Nearly half of the developing …

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Amplified policy distortions

Amplified policy distortions

By: Shahid Kardar TWO inextricably linked policy distortions, and poor governance, have impacted the economy’s competitiveness. They have created and reinforced potentially grim challenges in the not-too-distant-future for the financing of our external bills. These relate to: An increasingly slanted tax structure conjoined with the unpredictable interpretation of the laws that incentivise the movement of investable funds to either unproductive …

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Delayed civil service reforms

Delayed civil service reforms

By: Fahad Ikram Qazi Reforming the civil service is prerequisite for good governance Though reforms of all sorts have become a refrain in political manifestoes of all the political parties, the fundamental civil service reforms are yet to be undertaken. The federal government initiated a process with much fanfare, yet the same has been halted with some superficial changes in …

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A story of stigma and silence

A story of stigma and silence

By: Maham Javaid Lack of information and awareness about the virus, delay in government intervention at the national level, persistent dearth and corruption of funds, and common misperception that HIV only affects ‘people with bad characters’ are some factors affecting the spread and prevalence of HIV/AIDS Earlier this year when Tanzil Ur Rehman, the programme manager of Dostana Male Health …

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Pakistan and the building tensions in the Middle East

Pakistan and the building tensions in the Middle East

By: Shahid Javed Burki A number of developments have occurred in and around the Middle East that would likely make the region even more volatile than in the past. These events will have consequences for Pakistan for reasons that need to be understood by the policymakers working in Islamabad. Some of what has happened in the last several months is …

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The India doctrine

The India doctrine

By: Dr Farrukh Saleem On December 25, 2015, Ram Madhav, the BJP’s general secretary, said, “India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will one day reunite….” In Bharatiya Ganarajya (Republic of India) Akhand Bharat or ‘Undivided India’ is not just a political slogan but Hindutva’s cultural-cum-religious belief. In 1989, the ruling BJP “adopted it as its official ideology”. In Bharatiya Ganarajya, Akhand Bharat …

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