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In these past few weeks, the state has obsessed over surgical strikes, national security, and sovereignty. It’s something we’ve done for most of our history. The truth is that the far greater violation of millions of households caught in economic stagnation takes place everyday across the country. And it is this violation that will continue repeatedly until the state introduces social mobility and equitable development as the actual pillars of its social contract.


A Pakistani media report suggesting a showdown between the civilian regime and the army over the latter’s patronage of terror groups has to it a familiar ring. Something similar had happened in the aftermath of the US Navy seals’ 2011 operation that took out Osama Bin Laden.


Both provinces have made large development allocations to education and health in their respective budgets for 2016-17. The actual performance will, in part, depend on the past record. A comparison between the trends in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Punjab in the first nine months of 2015-16 is extremely revealing.


CPEC is an important set of projects undoubtedly. But the costs have to be watched carefully if it doesn’t leave us in a Sri Lanka type of situation, where the government signed on to large Chinese projects since 2010, then landed up at the doorstep of the IMF this summer, at least partially in order to meet the repayment obligations connected with these same projects.

How do leaders detoxify the narrative on each other once they have brainwashed their people into hating the other country? Remember what Naseeruddin Shah told Bollywood Hungama last year? He said “Indians are being brainwashed into believing Pakistan to be the enemy country without being aware of the historical. Indians need to look beyond the political animosity. What can we possibly gain from this form of ragging that we practise against Pakistan? It is a bully’s way of asserting himself”.  

The Foreign Office recently turned to a professional lobbyist to boost Pakistan’s stock in Washington. It won’t work. At least not until the US and Pakistan can work out how to keep relations going despite divergences on virtually every issue they care about.


The Lyari and Malir development authorities and the reincarnated KDA also develop land for similar purposes. Karachi Port Trust and Port Qasim Authority manage ports and develop and manage lands in their respective territories. Pakistan Railways and Sindh Industrial and Trading Estate develop lands for operational and general urban purposes.


Aalmi Majlis Tahaffuz Khatm-e-Nubuwwat poses as a non-political organisation and thereby avails many privileges from the state and a permissive handling by authorities. While it manages to evade governmental scrutiny, even earning its sympathies in certain cases, the religious exclusivity of AMTKN can cause much problem in the fragmented society of Pakistan, which has numerous reasons to persecute the 'other' already, writes Sanchita Bhattacharya for South Asia Monitor.


How does Pakistan fare? Trailing at 153 out of the 163 states ranked, it has all the negative traits the report warns us against. This is not surprising for we figure equally poorly in all other indices.


The Chief Minister of the Central Province has stated that Hindu and Muslim encroachment as well as Christianization have to end. Right now. The Chief Minister of the Western Province, not to be outdone, has echoed the same sentiments. Rev. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thera, pointing out that a) the archaeological record clearly indicates that the Northern and Eastern Provinces (along with the North Central and Uva) was the heartland of the island’s Buddhist heritage, and b) claims about such remains indicating a thriving ‘Tamil Buddhism’ are not substantiated even in the highly contentious and mythical narratives in recent Tamil literature, not to mention the strange lack of any significant Tamil treatise on Buddhist philosophy, has called for the immediate end to ‘Hindu Occupation’ of ‘Sinhala lands’.   


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Nepal’s deposed king Gyanendra Shah has regretted that the country has lost its Hindu identity and said despair and unhappiness among the people might lead them to revolt once again. 


The first India-Palestine Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) signifies New Delhi’s commitment towards economic development and well being of Palestine writes Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor

Intensifying searches is good. But with all this only about 15% of the tax-defaulters have been caught. Therefore the government must address the major sources of black money, writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor. 


BRICS meet in Goa

sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/1_8.jpg India-China differences and their discord over Pakistan are among differences in the BRICS that could “capsize” the grouping if the member nations fail to address competition and disagreements among them, Chinese media said today.

Well that should be it. Game, set and match. The three presidential debates — now mercifully over — have not been kind to Donald Trump, not least the constant use of the split screen which means his peevish, glowering and frequently interrupting persona is permanently on display to viewers.

In the afternoon of October 13, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty, passed away at the age of 88, in the 70th year of his reign. I ran to a café in Sukhumvit to watch the announcement, as streets in Bangkok grew quiet, people huddled around television screens, many sobbing in disbelief....


Address by M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs on Regional Integration and Prosperity at Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (October 5, 2016). Read more inside...

The cold, hard reality of the war in Syria is that the violence, bloodshed, and chaos continues unabated while the Left, such as it is, continues on in a state of schizophrenic madness. Different points of view, conflicting ideological tendencies, and a misunderstanding of the reality of the conflict are all relevant issues to be in...

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In a region which is unexplored as an asset class, performance will be the kingmaker. This book includes the author’s CDCF Portfolio basket for the SAARC asset class, which selects the best fundamental-p...


Sri Lanka has to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen, says John Gimlette, an accomplished travel writer who journeys to the island nation at the end of a long and brutal civil war. Anyone who has se...

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