Why is India panicking over US funds for Azad Kashmir

(By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury) India, upset with a recent US move to mobilize funds for a hydel-power project in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), will lodge a protest with the Obama administration for supporting a venture in a territory which it considers to be illegally occupied by Islamabad.

Delhi, that has long protested moves by outsiders including China . . . → Read More: Why is India panicking over US funds for Azad Kashmir

Exuberance makes little sense

Pakistan’s weak macroeconomic indicators seem to have become eclipsed by progress on a few fronts: a stronger currency, a spell of reduced inflation, and improvement in foreign exchange reserves. Of these, the appreciation in the rupee is the most talked about. While it is expected that the national currency will continue to remain stable for . . . → Read More: Exuberance makes little sense

Steps towards a stable exchange rate

THE recent appreciation of the rupee, despite weak fundamentals, is becoming controversial, with the same interest groups first extolling it as an outcome of good financial management and now complaining about its damage to exports.

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30 Education complexes developed in Karachi

KARACHI: The Education Department of Karachi has developed 30 different educational complexes, each comprising three to four government schools functional on single premises, in mid and low income localities of the metropolis.

The School Complex Project, expected to encompass all government and nationalized schools across Karachi, has been initiated under World Bank sponsored School Education . . . → Read More: 30 Education complexes developed in Karachi

Why reforms have never worked in Pakistan

For years, we have been doing everything in our power to erode the state in every way. The rich and powerful have habitually used the state to obtain easy riches. Learning from them, state functionaries – civil service, army and the judiciary – developed perks, plots and protocol as a means of joining the elite.

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FY 2013-2014: Maximizing stupidity

By Abdullah Humayun

Rational people maximize utility, Pakistan govt maximizes stupidity

Now more than ever, Pakistani policymakers must tackle what has become a very pressing issue for the Pakistani economy: the irrational, unregulated allocation of subsidies. There is ample and extensive research on the subject of subsidies, yet little of that seems to be . . . → Read More: FY 2013-2014: Maximizing stupidity

THE PUZZLE

By Azmaish Ka-waqt

The Pieces of the Puzzle

Renewed interest by Scotland Yard in the Imran Farooq murder in London The unconditional and abject apology by the MQM before the Supreme Court of Pakistan The Qadri intervention MQM’s prompt and total support of the Qadri intervention. Surge in US Drone attacks with TTP being . . . → Read More: THE PUZZLE

Food insecurity rising admits govt

The ministry of food security has conceded that poverty has been increasing in the country during the past four and a half years of the PPP-led coalition government.

The Senate was informed on Thursday that as per estimates of the World Bank and the UNDP, 17.2 per cent of Pakistanis were living below the poverty . . . → Read More: Food insecurity rising admits govt

No more neglecting education

By Gulfam Mustafa

Recently, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani announced the government’s top priorities for the next budget. Electricity and employment top the list. Although this is all good news, I would like to ask our premier, what about education?

Without a doubt, the electricity crisis is the most important issue Pakistan is facing right now. The country is . . . → Read More: No more neglecting education

Polio Eradication Program demands $10 m more than its actual need

By Sehrish Wasif

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme is seeking yet another loan of $35 million, against the $24.85 million actually needed, from the World Bank and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to “swiftly run the polio campaign in 2012”.

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