11 Pakistanis join a cellular network every minute

ISLAMABAD – In every minute 11 Pakistanis join a cellular community, more than 430,000 SMS are sent and 160,000 calls made. Even though the cellular industry pays the highest tax, it contributes 3 percent to the country’s GDP with revenue of Rs 357.7 billion in the year 2009-10 compared to Rs 333 billion in the . . . → Read More: 11 Pakistanis join a cellular network every minute

People kissing feet of Landlord in Pakistan

Is this an Islamic society where all men are equal in the eyes of Allah and of all men? Or is this blasphemy…?

These people may not only be landlords, but also descendants of a saintly line, because of which they command the “respect” of their murid‘s or followers this way.

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Rising petroleum prices and the plight of the poor

“What improves the circumstances of the greater part can never be regarded as an inconveniency to the whole. No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.”

These words were written back more than two centuries ago by Adam Smith in The Wealth . . . → Read More: Rising petroleum prices and the plight of the poor

Fuzzy boundaries: Caught between FIA and police

Hundreds of people cheated out of their hard-earned cash by fake travel operators are now made rolling stones between FIA and police as the question of who should handle their cases in terms of jurisdiction is adding to their woes, The Express Tribune has learnt.

In a latest development, Interior Minister Rehman Malik is understood to . . . → Read More: Fuzzy boundaries: Caught between FIA and police

No progress on drafting Minorities Protection Bill

Despite its tall claims, the Minority Affairs Ministry failed to accomplish the projects it announced for the welfare of minorities. A ministry official, who requested anonymity, told the Pakistan Today on Sunday that the ministry had announced to draft the ‘Minorities Protection Bill’ to protect the minorities and legislate on Hindu, Sikh and Baha’i Marriage . . . → Read More: No progress on drafting Minorities Protection Bill

Desensitising the nation

News of bomb blasts, suicide bombings and target killings have, unfortunately, become an unavoidable reality for us. So much so, that we barely flinch when we hear of yet another disaster — another kidnapping, another beheading, or another childrens’ school being blown up. We are no longer surprised — it is something to be expected.

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Shootout in Lahore – Pakistan won’t sit quiet: Farhat

In a clear expression of rising annoyance among Pakistani authorities over mounting US pressure for the release of Raymond Davis, an American detained in Lahore for killing two Pakistani citizens, Pakistan on Sunday said it would not sit quiet over the shooting of its citizens.

With Islamabad’s rejection of the US demand for Davis’ . . . → Read More: Shootout in Lahore – Pakistan won’t sit quiet: Farhat

A slippery slope

If a newspaper wanted to cover match-fixing, the last person they would ask to report the story is a Pakistani cricketer. No media organisation with a semblance of sense would expect a person to provide unbiased reporting on his greatest revenue stream. It is called conflict of interest and should govern every facet of journalism, . . . → Read More: A slippery slope

Teachers tried to make my son stupid

Last September my son started first grade and I decided to enroll him in a French immersion program here in Toronto. He is a shy and quiet child but I had never heard a single complaint from his kindergarten teachers. But within the first weeks of his new class I started receiving notes saying he . . . → Read More: Teachers tried to make my son stupid

The ‘bin Laden’ of marginalisation

The real terror eating away at the Arab world is socio-economic marginalisation.

Conventional wisdom has it that ‘terror’ in the Arab world is monopolised by al-Qaeda in its various incarnations. There may be some truth in this.

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