ISIS (Daesh) a deadly force hard to beat

These five questions address the current role of Daesh and the threat it is posing to the rest of the world, asking why it is not being defeated and how it could potentially be defeated. Particularly following the recent attacks in France and Tunisia, it is clear that Daesh is strong and unless it is eliminated, one cannot hope for peace and stability.

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Where does Pakistan’s democracy stand today

Major Developments affecting the Quality of Democracy in Pakistan

Second Year of the Federal and Provincial Governments: June 01, 2014-May 31, 2015

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The PILDAT Democracy Monitor attempts to delineate the various developments, both negative and positive, that have affected the quality of democracy in Pakistan during the second year of the Federal and Provincial Governments in office from June 01, 2014 to May 31, 2015.

Positive Developments affecting the Quality of Democracy in Pakistan: June 01, 2014-May 31, 2015

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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 has continued to use it as a political tool, as the recent bickering between the federal and provincial governments over the Karachi tragedy has portrayed.

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Yasir Shah breaks into ICC top ten

Yasir Shah holds the ball as he leaves the ground. — AFP/FileIt took Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah just nine Test matches and a rich haul against Sri Lanka to grab the No. 9 spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ranking for top 10 Test bowlers.

The 29-year-old leggie, who hails from Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has 54 wickets in his bucket at an impressive average of 25.11, which also includes three five-wicket and three four-wicket hauls.

In the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, Shah’s seven-wicket haul in Sri Lanka’s second innings fashioned Pakistan a 10-wicket victory in the first Test in Galle. Continue reading Yasir Shah breaks into ICC top ten

Pakistani player selected to play in American Soccer

Sacramento, CA: In a first of a kind news item concerning the sport of soccer in America, Pakistan’s Kaleemullah Khan has been selected and has signed a contract to play for the Sacramento Republic FC team in California’s Capital City. In a press release dated June 18 th the team announced that “Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with forward Kaleemullah Khan. The Pakistan Men’s National Team captain is believed to be the first Pakistani-born player to sign a contract with a professional US-based soccer club, based on current record keeping. The signing of Kaleemullah demonstrates the continued mission of Republic FC to bring the best players from around the world to our Capital City,” said Republic FC Technical Director Graham Smith. His scoring prowess is well documented, but it may also still take a little time for him to both learn the style of play in the US in addition to Preki’s coaching style. Kaleemullah joins Republic FC after spending last season with Dordoi Bishkek of the Shoro Top League, the Kyrgyz First Division. He appeared in 17 matches for Dordoi Bishkek, who went on to win the Shoro Top League title. Kaleemullah was the MVP and Golden Boot winner after leading the league in scoring with 18 goals in 2014.”

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The Fourth Pillar

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lately labelled the media as the fourth pillar of the state, echoing the views of the Irish statesman, author and political theorist Edmund Burke, who in 1787 coined the term in a parliamentary debate on the opening up of press reporting in the House of Commons. Mr. Nawaz Sharif recently highlighted the positive role of the media in maintaining the supremacy of the constitution, strengthening democracy and increasing welfare among the people. This reveals the ironic state of affairs in Pakistan as it was not under a democratic government that the media was first allowed to expand from a single state sponsored news channel PTV to the plethora of options we have today. It was in fact during the military dictatorship of President Pervez Musharraf that Pakistan experienced an information revolution and private channels were given permission to operate. The Musharraf era can also be credited for transforming the journalism profession from an impoverished one to a goldmine.

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Pakistan’s water crisis

BACK in 2011, the American actor George Clooney recalled asking Barack Obama to identify the one thing that kept him up at night.

“Pakistan,” replied the US president.

Obama did not elaborate. We can assume, however, that he was alluding to the various nightmare scenarios that spooked Washington officialdom back then, including loose nukes and state disintegration. Continue reading Pakistan’s water crisis

500 Baloch patients to benefit from free stents

Provincial Health Minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch said at a ceremony held to inaugurate the provision of stents and other items worth Rs250,000 each to the deserving patients of Bolan Medical Complex and Sandeman Civil Hospital that angioplasty service would be offered in civil hospitals across the province. —APP/FileThe Balochistan government will provide free stents for 500 deserving patients in two hospitals of Quetta.

Provincial Health Minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch said at a ceremony held to inaugurate the provision of stents and other items worth Rs250,000 each to the deserving patients of Bolan Medical Complex and Sandeman Civil Hospital that angioplasty service would be offered in civil hospitals across the province.

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The role of the energy crisis

PAKISTAN’S energy crisis may upstage terrorism as a major security threat faced by the country. Long duration of load-shedding in the blistering heat has triggered a spate of protests in KP, Sindh and Punjab, resulting in damage to government property and infrastructure.

While these protests have yet to gain sufficient momentum to become an organised movement against the government’s failure to provide basic services, the assumption of this happening is not far-fetched. For instance, some of these protests were not spontaneous but organised by political parties that are part of the government and/or opposition in the provinces: consider the protests led by PTI in KP, the PPP sit-in against K-Electric in Karachi, and the joint opposition protest (organised by 26 political parties) in Lahore.

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Our National Sport

If Pakistanis want to excel in their national sport it should be formally changed from hockey to blame-game. As the death toll in Karachi crosses over 1000, there are not enough beds in the hospitals and no space left in morgues and graveyards. To state the obvious, there is a lack of emergency response by the government to provide some relief to those affected by the heatwave.

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