Has terror attacks changed how Canadians view Muslims

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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

Understanding Baloch identity

The various narratives intricately built around the problem we refer to as ‘Balochistan: Pakistan’s other war’ need to be understood in light of our colonial past and this region’s history and geography. Contextual analysis of the current scenario is of utmost importance. How the British treated various ethnicities, and helped build sharper divides because of . . . → Read More: Understanding Baloch identity

The new great game in Balochistan?

Tacstrat Analysis

Balochistan, situated in the south west of Pakistan, is becoming increasingly important when evaluating the regional affairs. With the discovery of vast fields of natural gas in 1952, along with various valuable minerals, the province is experiencing enhanced interest from foreign investors and developers. Its strategic and prime location opens up development junctures . . . → Read More: The new great game in Balochistan?

On the road to prosperity

In an unprecedented yet important development, Balochistan will now receive a production bonus of $500,000 from a gas producing company Mari Gas on Supreme Court’s order. According to Express Tribune, Justice Jawad Khuwaja, member of a three-judge bench which heard the suo moto case observed that despite Balochistan’s high share of natural resources, only a . . . → Read More: On the road to prosperity

Is Ashraf Ghani speeding ahead on a bumpy road?

(By AZAM AHMED) KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, is a man in a hurry to break from his predecessor’s governing style. Best not make him late.

He drove the point home this month when he started a meeting without the prominent and widely . . . → Read More: Is Ashraf Ghani speeding ahead on a bumpy road?

You can vote but you can’t elect

THE VOTERS WHO put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.

But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national . . . → Read More: You can vote but you can’t elect

USA the biggest threat to world peace

By Noam Chomsky An international poll found that the United States is ranked far in the lead as “the biggest threat to world peace today,” far ahead of second-place Pakistan, with no one else even close.

Imagine that the lead article in Pravda reported a study by the KGB that reviews major terrorist operations run by the . . . → Read More: USA the biggest threat to world peace

Pakistan needs to redesign its budgeting process

(By Marc-André Franche) The budget is one of the most powerful fiscal instruments at the disposal of incumbent governments to implement their political commitments and development agenda. Unfortunately, the debate, when it happens, is overly focused on allocations and expenditures, and rarely on the critical issues of transparency and accountability of the budget-making process. Only . . . → Read More: Pakistan needs to redesign its budgeting process

Will Great Barrier Reef suffer due to coal exports?

“An icon under pressure.” That was how Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was described recently by the body that manages it.

Stretching along the Queensland coast, the reef is an underwater wonderland home to thousands of different fish and coral species. But it is facing multiple threats.

Swathes of coral have been killed by . . . → Read More: Will Great Barrier Reef suffer due to coal exports?