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Do a girl born in a poor household in rural Balochistan and a boy born in a rich household in Karachi have the same or even a similar set of opportunities in life? Are their chances of acquiring an education similar? Do they have access to comparable healthcare services and facilities? Do they have equal opportunities for access to physical infrastructure and the freedom of movement and association?


A new phenomenon has me rather troubled: bored youngsters embracing extremist ideologies who end up perpetrating heinous crimes. The path to radicalisation of these youngsters is not understood, hence the puzzlement and astonishment when we hear of such incidents.


Edhi would not have liked it one bit. His coffin being carried in an artillery gun carriage in Victorian tradition would not have made him happy. The pomp and ceremony at his state funeral separated him from the ordinary people whom he served and lived for. A row of soldiers stood between the VVIPS and the lesser beings who braved the tight security to attend his funeral prayers. Many others were denied their wish to bid farewell to the man who mattered most in their lives.


The Pakistani state’s strategic outlook is a classic case of the tail wagging the dog. Security policy drives overall foreign policy rather than the other way round. The establishment has spearheaded this agenda.


In a land of many saints and Sufis, notions and terms which have now been appropriated by western academics working on Pakistani Islam to denote any construction of Islam which disassociates itself with either the Wahabi or Deobandi variant, ‘Maulana’ Abdul Sattar Edhi, born in Bantva, Gujarat in colonial India in 1928, was considered by all denominations within Islam, and by non-Muslims as well, as a living saint, till his death on Friday. His funeral and particularly his namaaz-e-janaza represented much more of what Pakistan is today, and none of the saintliness of a faqir, which Edhi had become.


Before the signing of the Iran nuclear deal last year, BBC’s defense correspondent, Mark Urban, published a report [1] that Pakistan’s military has made a clandestine deal with Saudi Arabia that in the event of Iran developing a nuclear weapon, Pakistan would provide ready-made nuclear warheads along with delivery systems to Saudi Arabia.


As world markets endure uncertainty after Brexit, analysts are predicting that the UK’s vote to leave the EU will have a relatively small impact on Pakistan’s economy. Even Pakistan’s minister of commerce has reassured the country that Brexit will not affect Pakistan’s exports to the European Union. Thus, there should not be much concern — after all, Pakistan is comparatively insulated from global markets and its exports constitute only 7 percent its GDP.


Police in Pakistan are doing little to protect the minority Christian community from the harassment they face from the Muslim majority, including threats to convert to Islam or abandon their homes, according to an Asian Human Rights Commission report.


One of the greatest outcomes for development economic policy is, or should be, the reduction in poverty and unemployment, both in the rural and urban areas.


Karachi is a strange city and its inhabitants’ peculiarities are obvious from their conflicting attitudes towards the role of the law-enforcement agencies (ie police, Rangers, intelligence services) in the continuing Karachi operations against militancy and crime.


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