August 16, 2017

Tag Archives: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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Pakistan’s Unheralded Fight Against Climate Change

Pakistan’s lonely struggle against climate change impacts has gone largely unreported [Photo by Curt Carnemark / World Bank]

Small steps by Pakistan are helping it create resilience in the face of climate change, an issue the Indus Waters Treaty did not anticipate, and which endangers it. Read More »

Quetta Blast and A Confused Chorus

Lawyers carrying an injured colleague for medical hel after a suicide terrorist attack killed more than 70 people in Quetta, Pakistan, on August 8. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan is indeed a victim of a proxy war. Yet, it should ponder over the causes and try to address them. The selective application of its anti-terrorism strategy will hardly be credible. Read More »

Pakistan’s Terror-Stricken Province’s Textbooks Need a Review

(Screenshot from KP Textbook Board website)

A review of textbooks being taught in public schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province offers food for thought to all those who dream of a Pakistani youth raised on ideals of diversity, inclusion, and respect for human and women rights. It also points out how little the textbooks offer in terms of inducing critical and analytical thinking among students. Read More »

Is Pakistan safer?

Pakistan's military is carrying out an ongoing operation against Taliban fighters in the country's northwest. (Photo by Al Jazeera English, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan could be safer in 2016 and beyond only if it uses geo-economics as its survival tool, instead of making geo-strategic arguments. Read More »

Pakistan: Tentacles of Terror

Rangers paramilitary troops raiding the MQM headquarters in Karachi. (Photo via video stream)

Until Pakistan stops short-term tactics such as playing one group against the other, it will remain volatile and prone to recurring political turmoil as well as vulnerable to the nexus of non-state actors and criminal syndicates. Read More »

Pakistan’s Polio Challenge: A Crippling Fear

CHAMAN: A health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a child going to Afghanistan in this border town on Monday.—INP
CHAMAN: A health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a child going to Afghanistan in this border town on Monday. (Photo by INP, via Dawn)

Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces are prone to a large outbreak of polio if they do not reform their immunization drives. Read More »

Pakistan’s Shias Face Slaughter, Apathy

Paramilitary troops  stand guard in Shikarpur in Pakistan's southern Sindh province after a terrorist attack on  a Shia mosque. (Photo via video stream)

Tens of thousands of Shias have been slaughtered in a slow genocide over the past several years, yet those who publicly vow to purge Pakistan of the Shia roam free. Read More »

Pakistan: Preserving Society and the Nation

Pakistan's Parliament House building in Islamabad, that has often been criticized for its legislative inaction.

Technicalities cannot hold Pakistan hostage. It must move to implement its “National Action Plan” in letter and spirit to defeat terrorism. This is the moment of truth. Preserving society and the nation must take precedence over everything else. Read More »

Pakistan: Terrorism and Crippled Governance

Peshawar's strategic location on the crossroads of Central Asia and South Asia has made it one of the most culturally vibrant and lively cities in the greater region. (Photo via Qissa Khwani Facebook page)

The Pakistani city of Peshawar continues to bleed and reel from consequences of willful neglect, bad governance and a poor security regime. The writing on the wall is clear: the rot began in Peshawar in the name of jihad and transformed into terrorism in and around its vicinity. The Pakistani establishment owes Peshawar residents an apology for sowing the seeds of dysfunction here. Read More »

Pakistan: Polio, Politics, Polemics & Personal Profit

(Photo via Gates Foundation, Creative Commons License)

A fast resurgent polio virus has turned Pakistan into a “polio comfort zone” and is evoking fears of its export worldwide but Islamabad’s efforts remain bureaucratic and confusing, lacking effective leadership. Read More »