Urban planning or lack thereof

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Pakistan, like several third world countries, is besieged with urban problems due to the lack of planning in the development sector. Acute shortages of housing, huge shortfalls in the water supply, sewerage, drainage, waste disposal, electricity, transport, lack of health and safety measures, inefficient land use systems, pollution control etc are just the tip of . . . → Read More: Urban planning or lack thereof

(Is Bangaldesh ready to hang Jamaat-e-Islami chief for his support to Pakistan in 1971

Nizami’s War Crimes Trial

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 is set to deliver the long-awaited verdict in the war crimes cases against Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami today, more than four months after the deferment of the judgment in June.

The alleged chief of the infamous Al-Badr force is facing 16 charges, including his role in . . . → Read More: (Is Bangaldesh ready to hang Jamaat-e-Islami chief for his support to Pakistan in 1971

Political pressure crushes Pak Govt, PIA and PSM not to be privatized anytime soon

The government has again backpedalled on the privatisation of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) to avoid political backlash, but will go all-out to sell stakes in profitable entities and issue Islamic bonds to raise $1.8 billion for budget financing.

The privatisation of PIA and PSM is now expected to take . . . → Read More: Political pressure crushes Pak Govt, PIA and PSM not to be privatized anytime soon

India’s crackdown on its black economy

On The Buck Stops Here, we debate: will the black money bomb result in a political explosion or an anti-climax? Government may have revealed three alleged black money account holders in its affidavit to the Supreme Court, but what about the big fish? And when government is probing four Congress names including former minister . . . → Read More: India’s crackdown on its black economy

End of deadline and still no CEC

(By Hasnaat Malik) As the Supreme Court’s two weeks deadline regarding the appointment of permanent Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) expires today, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Ahmad Shah has approached the apex court, seeking a three-month extension for the completion of the process.

The Supreme Court on October 14 gave the federal . . . → Read More: End of deadline and still no CEC

Pro-Israel US senate is the only requirement

 

(By Janet McMahon) With the House of Representatives expected to retain its Republican majority—currently 234 seats to Democrats’ 201—all eyes are on the Senate to see if Democrats can hold on to their 8-seat majority (10 seats if one counts Independant Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, who typically . . . → Read More: Pro-Israel US senate is the only requirement

Almost half of Pakistan’s population underfed

(By Maha Mussadaq) The condition of food security is still inadequate in 54 districts of Pakistan, with 48.6% of the total population deprived of sufficient food, said experts who had come to launch the “Right to Food Assessment” —  a 10-year review (2004-2014) earlier this week.

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Myanmar’s Rohingyas are still suffering

Late last month, Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin announced to delegates at the UN General Assembly that a long-expected “action plan” for Rakhine state, the site of the country’s most urgent human rights crisis, was “being finalized and will soon be launched.”

The minister claimed the strategy was designed to ensure “peace, stability, harmony . . . → Read More: Myanmar’s Rohingyas are still suffering

Only new and fair elections can save Pakistan

(BY HUMAYUN GAUHAR) Article 218(3) of the Constitution of the (not so) ‘Islamic’ Republic of Pakistan states: “It shall be the duty of the Election Commission to organise and conduct the election and to make such arrangements as are necessary to ensure that the election is conducted honestly, justly, fairly and in accordance with law, . . . → Read More: Only new and fair elections can save Pakistan

Working without learning – The Metrobus projects

As an engineer associated with design and delivery of large infrastructure projects in the Middle East, including a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) – or what in Pakistan is called Metrobus, I am used to the term “Fitness for Purpose” to describe whether the actual use of an engineered project fulfills the purpose for . . . → Read More: Working without learning – The Metrobus projects