Exposed but shameless politicians

By Syed Talat Hussain

Pakistan’s political progress can be likened to a rocking chair: moves much but doesn’t go anywhere. Most explanations of this state of perpetual stagnation centre on leadership. The popular, and to a great extent correct, belief is that leaders, both military and civilians, have brought the country to this . . . → Read More: Exposed but shameless politicians

FIA crackdown continues despite political concerns

The country’s security czar has made it clear to the Sindh government that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will continue its crackdown against corrupt officials throughout the country.

On Monday, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah had contacted Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan expressing concerns over the federal government’s recent decision to allow . . . → Read More: FIA crackdown continues despite political concerns

The self created water problems

(BY DR NASIR JAVED) If the water management issue is not addressed on an urgent basis, the day is not far when water would be as scarce as electricity and gas are today in Pakistan. In fact, Pakistan had been warned of this crisis for decades, but in vain. Experts repeatedly state that Pakistan is . . . → Read More: The self created water problems

Soft Power: Pakistan needs it!

By Dr Maqsudul Hasan Nuri

Some writers have questioned the need for soft power in Pakistan and advocated reliance on hard power only. What is less understood is the fact that non-traditional security has become more salient after the cold war.

Multiple existential issues such as stagnating economies, climate change, energy crises, repressive governments, cronyism . . . → Read More: Soft Power: Pakistan needs it!

After his distasteful outburst, Zardari needs to beg for forgiveness

IT is now dawning upon the PPP that its leader Asif Ali Zardari erred and erred badly by pointing his guns towards Pakistan Army but the party seems to be not ready to acknowledge this publicly. Instead of confessing the guilt, it is resorting to finding refuge behind lame excuses, which nobody is willing to . . . → Read More: After his distasteful outburst, Zardari needs to beg for forgiveness

Corruption in US prisons

A second prison employee has been charged in connection with the stunning escape of two convicted murderers from a maximum security facility in upstate New York earlier this month.

Officer Gene Palmer, a veteran prison guard, gave at least one of the inmates a screwdriver and a wrench to help fix electrical . . . → Read More: Corruption in US prisons

Cornered and desperate – End of a party

By Azmaish Ka Waqt

Much is being read into the recent so called ‘macho’ speech of the Co Chairman of the PPP. Some analysts are calling it some kind of a gauntlet thrown at the ‘establishment’ which they think and hope will be picked up so that fireworks can start. The . . . → Read More: Cornered and desperate – End of a party

The core issues in Karachi

No matter how anyone tries to describe Karachi, from the ethnic areas to the communities, and to the landmarks that spot the landscape, the economic hub of Pakistan is a city without peace. For many, Karachi is mini-Pakistan, where everyone can earn higher wages than they can earn in their villages and other urban . . . → Read More: The core issues in Karachi

Political corruption alone isn’t the only issue

EXPRESSING dissatisfaction over Pakistan’s latest ranking in the Corruption Perception Index, President Mamnoon Hussain told the National Accountability Bureau some time ago to “net the big fish involved in corruption”. He also called for “social boycott of corrupt elements”, and said that “primary responsibility for ensuring a culture of good governance lay with the civil . . . → Read More: Political corruption alone isn’t the only issue

The crumbling education system

NEARLY a decade and a half has elapsed since the Higher Education Commission was set up in 2002. There were great hopes that the body, well-funded and comprised of professionals, would manage to turn the sector around.

With its budget seeing a steady increase over the past several years, the HEC now tends to count . . . → Read More: The crumbling education system