Category: Opinion

Need For Local Expertise, Skills Development To Maximize CPEC

HASAAN KHAWAR: Over the last few months, I have been asked one question repeatedly at multiple forums. What kind of skills should Pakistan invest in to prepare its workforce for CPEC-related projects? While I have not come across any detailed research on the subject, although based on available information it is possible to draw some […]

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A Letter From An American To 17-Year-Old Pakistani Sabika Sheikh

“…a Pakistani student gunned down at school — by an American terrorist. In America…the lens through which Americans view Pakistan has been inverted…”   Dear Sabika, It’s been several days since the school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, where you, a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student, were among the 10 victims. Since then, […]

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PML-N Manifesto Scorecard: Myth Versus Reality

IRSHAD SALIM (May 19, 2018) — The ruling party PML-N’s election manifesto publicly announced in 2013 for the center and the provinces — mainly Punjab, its electoral stronghold — reveal not a very promising food on the table for the entire nation. Sharifs’ party ruled at the center during the last five years (2013-2018) and […]

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VIDEO: This Person Says “WE NEED ONE NARRATIVE” on All Major Issues

IRSHAD SALIM (May 16, 2018) — On May 3rd, I attended the World Freedom Day event organized by Karachi Media Club — its president Mubasher Mir and General Secretary Manzar Naqvi says it’s a media think-tank focused on Karachi as its ground zero and the whole country in its outreach program. However, with outer contours […]

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Democracy As A Behavior Rather Than Politics Only

“The one who are more marginalized were presenting themselves more explicitly and the one who were not facing any identity threat were least participating.” MARIAM HASSAN NAQVI — In the midst of woods where two weathers were colliding to conquer the heat of summers, over the coldness of January but at the end winters won […]

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Gaza: Avoiding a Greater Blood Bath (NYT Video)

Jason Cone is the executive director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. JASON CONE — The exit wounds are fist-size. Bone is pulverized into dust. This is the reality for half of the injured patients received in my organization’s clinics since the launch of the Great Return March in Gaza. Over the past month, the […]

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The Other Side of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

“Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty will surely be at stake if it defaults on its debt payments” MOONIS AHMAR — While speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th Judicial Conference organized by the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan in Islamabad, the Chief Justice of Pakistan suggested that, “there must be a consensus among all the […]

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How Can a Country of 200 Million People Only Have Four Provinces?

By ADNAN RASOOL — As election season kicks off, once again we are starting to hear the evergreen demand before every election cycle: the creation of new provinces. Before taking a position on this issue, I am going to unpack this debate and allow the readers to make up their minds about what Pakistan needs. […]

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The 4.9 Billion-Dollar Gaffe Which Could Have Been Avoided

Talking to Dawn on Tuesday, a spokesman for the SBP said the bank had issued a clarification twice in the past — in 2015 and 2016 — rejecting the World Bank report. Soon after the SBP clarification, NAB issued a brief statement and questioned: “If the World Bank report is not correct, why they have […]

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The Six Biggest Challenges Facing Pakistan’s Urban Future

Hina Shaikh and Ijaz Nabi — With an urban population growing three percent per year, Pakistanis are flocking to cities faster than any other country in South Asia. By 2030, more than half of Pakistan’s projected 250 million citizens are expected to live in cities. The main drivers of Pakistan’s urban growth are high birth […]

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Khawaja Asif’s Disqualification: Trap of Politicians’ Own Making

LIKE a chain reaction, the dominos appear to be beginning to fall. After the Supreme Court’s judgements disqualifying Nawaz Sharif for life from public office on the basis of Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, it was clear that others could be netted in the iqama and undeclared foreign earnings trap. To be sure, it is […]

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Kashmir Solution Lies Not With U.N., But With India, Pakistan and Kashmiris

By MOHAMMED AZHAR ALI KHAN: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that the United Nations is following developments in Kashmir “closely” – presumably the ceasefire violations in Kashmir by Indian and Pakistani forces and the unrest in Indian Kashmir. But the solution lies not with the United Nations – which arranged a cease-fire in 1949 […]

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Chaos Order and Pakistaniat: Rooftop View

IRSHAD SALIM: In mid March, an Islamabad-based Think Tank called Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies launched a nationwide campaign themed “Nationalism & Pakistaniat”. The PICSS flyer said “through seminars, conferences, roundtables, interactive sessions and other tools of advocacy it seeks to help the Pakistani youth in comprehending the true concept of ‘Pakistaniat’ with […]

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2018 Elections: Caretaker Govt and Race for Electables

There is a myth that the electables need political parties; but the fact of the matter is that it is the other way round, as to form government, political parties need winning candidates. By MOHAMMAD JAMIL: PRESENT government’s tenure ends on May 31, 2018, and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will ask the President to […]

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PM Abbasi Receives a Book on ‘Subject of Great Importance and Relevance’

“The Golden Age of Andalusia can be attributed to knowledge. This legacy continues to have a positive impact on Andalusians even today.” By AKBAR AHMED: Last month, while collecting my mail in routine I received an extraordinary surprise – a personal letter from Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. In February, courtesy of the Pakistan Embassy […]

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