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The Uri attack’s aftermath showcased Indian media and public discourse outlets winning the subcontinent’s battle for inanity and disinformation. From rushing to conclusions, to hard-nosed jingoism, to actually making up stories about counter-raids and retaliatory operations, they’ve passed anything their Pakistani counterparts could offer with consummate ease.  

The PTI’s planned siege of Raiwind marks the return of conflict to the area where the battle raged at its most intense in May 2013. It was Lahore which the PML-N was so jealous about. The Sharif camp was extremely anxious to not lose ‘their’ city to the new challenger and as a measure of their eagerness to secure Lahore it was no coincidence that so many of the election-rigging allegations then had their origins here.


Pakistan is facing an exceptionally dangerous challenge with aggressive rhetoric and threats from India and Afghanistan and hostile narratives gaining resonance in Washington.


The international community celebrated the Democracy Day on September 15, an acknowledgement of the importance assigned to participatory governance and constitutionalism


Pakistan is one of the countries that are seriously falling behind achieving the targets accepted by the international community. Why is that happening? 

The areas where I conducted fieldwork were quite representative of Sindh as they included both rural areas in the north and the south, and the major urban centres of the province. The usual division of Sindh is along the north-south and urban-rural lines.  

Since the 1990s, around a billion people are estimated to have been lifted out of extreme poverty. Yet, it is intriguing that this decrease in poverty is not accompanied by any significant reduction in the gap between the haves and the have nots. Despite the enormous growth in global wealth, the so-called ‘trickle-down effects’ of this progress remain lacklustre. Income inequality has actually increased both within and across countries. The fact that we live in a world in which 72 per cent of the world’s poor possess around one per cent of its wealth indicates how deeply flawed our prevailing models of growth are.

As Punjab, under the leadership of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, races to embrace technology, other provinces look with great interest at the PITB initiatives to improve governance. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah recently visited PITB to take a closer look at the use of IT especially in the realm of law and order. Being a Stanford graduate, another world class institution, he is no stranger himself to the use of technology in improving service delivery. He showed great interest in some of the flagship PITB initiatives for implementation in Sindh to combat terrorism and crime. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif graciously assured him of his full support and work in this regard is already underway.  

Some people collect stamps, others play golf; Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif picks army chiefs. It’s a perilous hobby. If things go smoothly, in November Sharif will be required to pick the country’s top general for the sixth time in his career, which has involved previous stints as premier in 1990-93 and 1990-97. Needless to say, things have not always gone smoothly.


The National Action Plan has become a reference point for everything counterterrorism (CT). Media and civil society have been demanding its transparent implementation and monitoring. Talking to folks within the government, it’s clear they are feeling the heat.


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