Apr 182014

Prof. Yaseen Iqbal Yousafzai

Punjab constituting about 55% of the total Pakistani population, is the most populous province of the country while KP (13%) is about a quarter of it. Area-wise, Balochistan is the largest province constituting about 39% of the total area and KP is the smallest with about 8.5%. For the last few decades, KP has been the direct victim of the Afghan war which started in 1979 and ended in early 90s. In addition to indiscriminate explosions which not only killed many including women and children but destroyed educational and socioeconomic infrastructure as well. The major influx of refugees was also into KP and this province accommodated millions of Afghans who left their country due to the decades long war. This land was constantly used as a frontline or base-camp for war against USSR. Continue reading »

Oct 092013

فیروز اپریدی

ایک دو دہائیوں سے سنتے سنتے تقریبا ہر پاکستانی کے کان پک گئے ہیں کہ اس ملک میں بے پناہ کرپشن ہے۔ پھرہر کوئی اسے اپنے طریقے سے ختم کرنے کا منصوبہ بھی اپنی گفتگو اور تحریروں میں کم از کم دن میں میڈیکل نسخے کے مطابق تین چار دفعہ دیتا ہے،مگر اگلے دن کرپشن کی نئی خطرناک وائیرس دریافت ہوتی ہے، پھر نام نہاد قسم کے دانشوروں کے اس وائیرس سے بڑھنے والی بیماری کے سدباب کے لئے ما بعد الطبیعاتی نسخے اور منصوبے سننے او پڑھنے کو ملتے رہتے ہیں۔ چونکہ اس وائیرس کی زد سے ہم بھی نہ بچ سکے لہذا ہم نے سوچا کہ ہم بھی کرپشن وائیرس کی انتہائی باریک مگر خطرناک قسم کی دریافت پر اپنا تحقیقی نسخہ یہاں لکھ کر اس کی سدباب کی بي ضرر سی کوشش کریں۔ Continue reading »

Jul 182013

Several print media outlets reported on the working groups formed to reform the educational sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by the PTI led government in the province. Dr. Khadim Hussain writes.


Several print media outlets reported on the working groups formed to reform the educational sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by the PTI led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The News reports:

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May 232013

By Iqbal Ahmed Khan

Imran Khan’s Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party is taking over the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) bordering Afghanistan. At this point it is necessary to dispel a couple of myths that already seem to have accompanied the victory. But such an exercise must necessarily begin with an explanation of the reasons for the defeat of the former provincial ruling party, the Pashtun nationalist, Awami National Party (ANP). What this article will argue is that on the one hand, the PTI is filling in a vacuum left behind by a collapsing Pashtun nationalism. And on the other, it will attempt to get rid of a few misconceptions about the PTI’s victory and the Taliban that will arise as a result of the PTI’s gains in KPK. Continue reading »

May 172013

How will elections change this awful situation, especially since ethnic Baluch parties have done poorly? Talk of reconciliation with Baluch nationalists comes cheap, but trust is lacking

Pervez HoodbhoyViewPoint

EC2013Thankfully they are over and done with, and only a few hundred – not a few thousand – lives were lost. The PPP’s rout was extremely well-deserved. It is headed for the dustbin of history unless, by some miracle, it miraculously reinvents itself as a non-dynastic mission-driven party. One feels somewhat sorrier for the ANP in spite of its general ineptness and inability to deliver on honest governance. But it was targeted by TTP fanatics and, in the words of Asfandyar Wali Khan, the election campaign became a matter of “picking up the dead, carrying their funerals and taking the wounded to hospitals”. The long anticipated tsunami, it turned out, belonged to Nawaz Sharif. This victory of a center-right leader may not be much to celebrate but, at least for now, he is acting as a statesman and saying many of the right things. Meanwhile a certain disappointed cricketer, who kowtows to the Taliban and justifies their every atrocity, is venting his spleen from his hospital bed. Continue reading »