Addressing water scarcity

Recently, the IMF classified water scarcity as an economic threat to Pakistan, a statement that greatly undermines the colossal socioeconomic impacts that can result from this crisis. Despite floods and water shortages in recent years, which have come at great human and financial cost, Pakistan has failed to attach sufficient importance to water scarcity and . . . → Read More: Addressing water scarcity

Ahmedis in a Chakwal village live in perpetual state of fear

Minarets of the worship place of Ahmedis in Pichnand village before being demolished. The picture below is after they were demolished. — Dawn

On a first visit, one only notices the calm which engulfs the sleepy village of Pichnand, located some 90 kilometres from the district capital, in Talagang tehsil. Most of its 24,000 . . . → Read More: Ahmedis in a Chakwal village live in perpetual state of fear

Modi: Peace with Pakistan possible but CPEC not

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he was strongly in favour of breaking the deadlock with Pakistan but at the same time urged the neighbouring country to shun violence.

During an interview with United News of India (UNI), Modi said that there is no other issue and the deadlock should end.

He was asked . . . → Read More: Modi: Peace with Pakistan possible but CPEC not

Malaysia’s MH17 probe developments

According to Malaysian media, the country’s transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that Malaysia had expressed its stance “very clear” that it must be part of the criminal investigation, and informed Dutch authorities of its intention. Malaysian ambassador to Ukraine Chuah Teong Ban reportedly expressed concerns that his country would not be allowed . . . → Read More: Malaysia’s MH17 probe developments

Balochistan’s status quo is the problem

The secessionist sentiment in Balochistan did not surface overnight; insurrection and instability in the province dates back to the 19th century. It was at the centre of the Great Game back then and today, as fate would have it, the province has found itself at the nexus of a New Great Game involving global and . . . → Read More: Balochistan’s status quo is the problem

Outside involvement in Hong Kong protests says Leung Chun-ying

Leung Chun-ying said in a televised interview that “there is obviously participation by people, organisations from outside of Hong Kong”.

He said they came from “different countries in different parts of the world” but did not specify which nations.

The comments mark the first time he has alleged outside involvement in the protests.

China’s central . . . → Read More: Outside involvement in Hong Kong protests says Leung Chun-ying

The human rights treaties debacle

Amid the state’s efforts to curb another killing binge in our northwest, through talks with Taliban, the following might seem anachronistic and idiotic at best. Still, like most crucial things in our country that are swept under the carpet with a tag of not-for-now, the not-for-now at hand is Pakistan’s inhuman treatment of human rights . . . → Read More: The human rights treaties debacle

Bilawl Bhutto appoints Hindu untouchable as advisor

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, has appointed a Hindu ‘untouchable’ as his adviser, an unprecedented office for a low caste Hindu in this conservative society.

Surendar Vallasai, a former journalist, who later joined the media cell of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), was appointed as Bilawal’s adviser on minorities affairs.

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How America’s NSA can hack your PC, phone, router and hard disk “at the speed of light”

It’s not as bad as you thought – it’s much worse

By Iain Thomson

A leaked NSA cyber-arms catalog has shed light on the technologies US and UK spies use to infiltrate and remotely control PCs, routers, firewalls, phones and software from some of the biggest names in IT.

The exploits, often delivered via the . . . → Read More: How America’s NSA can hack your PC, phone, router and hard disk “at the speed of light”

Turkey and Pakistan to enhance the bilateral trade and economic relations

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to further strengthen the bilateral, trade, cultural, political and economic relations.

They stressed the need that both sides should work for joint ventures and investment in diversified sectors of economy including energy, transport, communication, infrastructure, textile, automobile, agriculture, industry, food . . . → Read More: Turkey and Pakistan to enhance the bilateral trade and economic relations