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In Pakistan, the largest minority group is the Hindus with a population of about seven million, the majority of whom are dwelling in Sindh and Punjab. The most populated districts in Sindh that Hindus call home are Tharparkar, Umerkot, Badin, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad and Jamshoro, which are all parts of lower Sindh.

 

What are Pakistan’s most pressing economic challenges and what is the government’s policy response? How well is the policy response aligned to addressing the challenges on a sustainable basis?

 

At the conclusion of Russian Defence Minister General Sergei Shoygu’s one-day visit to Islamabad, his Pakistani counterpart, Khwaja Muhammad Asif, said that after the US and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, security in that country would be perilous and “Pakistan wants Russian engagement in the Afghan peace process.

 

The crowd at his rallies keeps getting bigger and Imran Khan’s tenor angrier and harsher. He keeps the audience enthralled by his relentless attack on the government that has failed to deliver. 

 

A christian couple was burned to death in a Kasur town near Lahore on November 4 because a 50-strong mob of pious Muslims thought they had blasphemed under Article 295C of the penal code.

 

The most horrifying of incidents, of a mob lynching and incinerating the bodies of a Christian couple accused of committing blasphemy, deeply shocked and saddened the nation.

 

Pakistan's military leadership has said it is resolved not to spare any terrorist sanctuaries in the ongoing military operations. There are, however, two kinds of sanctuaries and while the military operation can destroy one it cannot dismantle the other.

 
Tragic irony, cruel joke or absurd contrast, it’s hard to decide what to make of the distance between several of this country’s grim realities and the self-proclaimed good intentions of those who have taken it upon themselves to do something about them — because, after all, no one was thrust into politics and everyone who sits in a position of administrative power, be it in parliament or at a lower tier, is there because they volunteered for the job.  
 

On Friday, Imran Khan addressed a PTI jalsa of thousands (estimates range from 15,000 to over 30,000) in the town of Ali Abad, district Larkana. 

 

“I went to the west and saw Islam, but no Muslims; I went back to the East and saw Muslims but no Islam.” The unfortunate part of Muhammad Abduh’s 18th century observation of the Islamic world is that it holds the exact (if not more) value today in the Muslim world than it did when he first felt such a dichotomy.

 


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