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A Populist Decision

The federal cabinet’s return from London has revealed some of the key decisions the new allied government will be making over the course of its tenure. The key question was whether the new administration would be continuing the misguided fuel subsidies left behind by the previous government, and it looks like the new Shehbaz Sharif cabinet will not…

Drought-Hit

The United Nations (UN) just released their Global Land Outlook report stating that Pakistan is part of the 23 countries of the world that are suffering from a severe and prolonged drought. This is not surprising considering the grievances about water shortages and scarcity voiced by each province, especially Sindh, which is on the verge of a state…

Fighting Regional Terror

Pakistan, India and other member countries of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will be meeting this week in New Delhi to hold a discussion focusing on the security situation in Afghanistan and anti-terror measures under the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS). RATS is an important regional forum which is composed of the Executive…

Health Crisis

It seems as though Pakistan cannot catch a break as the country goes through one health crisis after the other. We have not even crafted a substantial strategy against Cholera and now, the re-emergence of polio is upon our heads. The third case of the water-borne disease was reported in North Waziristan, signaling a slow yet steady increase in the…

Sense Prevails

The decision to register a case under blasphemy laws against PTI Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan and other top figures of the previous government, under Section 295, and other provisions of the Pakistan Penal Code could, like all allegations of religious nature, have snowballed into a political crisis beyond the magnitude of what the…

Nuclear Deal Talks

The potential revival of the Iran nuclear deal is once again in the news but the points of contention remain the same after all these months. It is important to point out that talks have been on hold since March due to Tehran’s insistence that Washington remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the U.S. list of designated terrorist…

Political Dialogue

Chaos unravelled in Sialkot as PTI’s chosen location for its rally was objected to by the local Christian community. What could have been easily resolved through some communication ended in violent clashes between the law enforcement and PTI workers. In a normal political environment, this would have been a small issue and after some tense…

Another Emergency

It seems as though another disease is viciously taking over Pakistan as many tested positive for having contracted cholera in Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan. The primary cause is expected to be contaminated water that the people are forced to drink out of due to the severe water shortage in the country, especially in far-flung areas. What is truly…

Ending Power Outages

There have been regular reports of loadshedding all over the country during the past week. From Swat to Sukkur, Lahore to Multan and rural areas in between, there have been power outages that have disrupted normal lives. Major cities like Multan and Lahore have been let off easy with 3–4 hours of daily loadshedding, while rural areas suffer for…

Wheat Woes

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has forecasted a higher yield of wheat in Pakistan along with several other countries in the region which could perhaps help make up for the below-average harvests being witnessed in western Europe. A global shortage of wheat has been on the cards for a while and now reduced rainfall in France—Europe’s…

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