April 24, 2017

Climate Change: Indus’ Palla Fish Spawning Grounds Vanishing

(Photo by Chaudhry Khawar, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan is losing a living heritage, as climate change and dams upstream have led to lack of enough water in the Indus for the famous Palla fish to swim upstream and spawn. Read More »

Pakistan: Targeting Illegal Money

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Those having the power in Pakistan to correct things must not sit on the Constitutional fence anymore, they either face up to their moral obligations or gracefully give way to others who can. Read More »

CPEC: Paradoxical Approaches

Awesome View of Makran coastal Highway Near Buzi Pass Balochistan, Pakistan. (Photo by junaidrao, Creative Commons License)

Are Pakistanis taking a whole-of-government approach to coordinate counterterrorism and counter-radicalization strategies? Actions under the National Action Plan and its anti-terrorism operation are impressive, but where is the long-term strategy to replace hard power with the soft power of the state? Read More »

The Offshore World

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is coming under increasing pressure from the opposition parties to resign over his family's offshore accounts which were never declared before. (Photo by DFID - UK Department for International Development
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A through and a transparent investigation is essential to weed out financial corruption across the board in Pakistan and to clear the record of the Sharif family. Read More »

Pakistan: Corruption is Treason

Pakistani prime minister's secretariat in Islamabad from where Prime Minister runs his embattled government.

When democracy with a flawed electoral process is deliberately used to camouflage the criminalizing of society, should one give blind adherence to the Constitution while it is being subverted blatantly by the greedy rulers? Read More »

Pakistan: Any Judicial Reforms in Sight?

Supreme Court of Pakistan's building in Islamabad. (Photo by Aamer Ahmed, Creative Commons License)

Can Pakistan’s legal justice system go beyond admission of problems, and initiate steps that can help those litigants who suffer because of the abuse of the “stay order” powers? Can the top judiciary propose measures to prevent, or at least minimize the collusion between lawyers and the subordinate judiciary? Read More »

Pakistani Farmers Wait for Information on Groundwater Mapping

Pakistan is facing depleting water resources. (Photo by Jim C, Creative Commons License)

As water from tube-wells goes from sweet to salty, information on depth and quality of groundwater from an ambitious exercise to map the Upper Indus basin is yet to reach farmers in Pakistan. Read More »

Barbarians Inside the Gates

Rescue teams evacuating the victims of Lahore terror attack on March 27. (Photo via video stream)

Given the nexus between corruption, organized crime and terrorism a cleansing operation against the criminal and the corrupt in Pakistan's Punjab province is the “now or never” moment for eliminating the barbarians inside the gates. Read More »

Pakistan: Tagging the Corrupt

General Pervez Musharraf (r) and General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani's names were often associated indirectly with corruption, greed, unnecessary political arm twisting and indecision.

The moral authority of Pakistan Army suffers in public perception in the face of the avarice, greed and ambitions of a few. The corrupt, whoever they are, need to be tagged, says one defense analyst. Read More »

Pakistan: No Shades of Grey

Pakistani media

Adhering to rules, editors who enforce strict standards about facts and sources are on the decline in the Pakistani media. There is a dire need for a responsible media to restore objectivity.  The demise of objectivity has made things black or white, there are no shades of grey. Read More »