Research Report

World Press Freedom Day

At a time when the media — often called the fourth pillar of state – is in chains and is fighting to gain its rights in the developing countries, in the West, where it enjoys the right to freedom of speech, it is making great contributions to foster human development, good governance, social and democratic values, and is playing its …

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Millennium Development Goals & Female Victims of Gender Discrimination in Pakistan

The long journey of “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity” was embarked on by 189 countries of the world in 1995 with the signing of the Beijing Declaration. And, now when the year 2015 is fast moving towards its culmination, a review of implementation of this historic agendum of women’s rights in form of United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is also …

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Whither Global Peace

Prospects of Peace in an Over-armed World Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle called man a social animal by nature because it’s a unique mix in his personality that he cannot live in isolation, but when living with others, he fights with them. Since the beginning of the world, this unique blend has led man to create chaos and provoke violence ergo …

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YOUTH – Pakistan’s Invaluable Asset

The admission and undertaking in the box above begins Pakistan’s National Youth Policy. No sane person could ever deny the importance of these words because it’s an irrefutable truth that, in a world where most people are in their dotage, young men and women of a nation are its prized asset. For Pakistan, the significance of youth is further enhanced …

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Attitudes to Water In South Asia

Discussion about water in South Asia, in particular the shared rivers of the region, is vociferous, antagonistic and increasingly associated with national security. Renewable water resources in the region have fallen dramatically on a per capita basis since the 1960s. India hit the ‘water stress’ mark around a decade ago, Pakistan slightly earlier. Groundwater is fast depleting in India, Pakistan …

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Think Tank – The Thought Behind Policies

The world had always been confronting numerous, diverse challenges in the realms of international peace and security, terrorism, globalization and governance, international economics, environment, information and society, poverty alleviation, human rights, healthcare, and so on. These issues need to be addressed by bridging the gap between knowledge and policy in critical areas. This phenomenon led to the establishment of regional …

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60 Percent Pakistani Universities Fail to Produce PhD Scholars

At present, there are 156 universities and DAIs in the country which have been recognized by the Higher Education Commission. According to the data available at HEC’s online ‘PhD Country Directory’ and another relevant document ‘PhD output report’, it comes to the fore that 62 universities and DAIs have produced 8,822 PhD scholars from 1930 to December, 2013 For the …

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INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY 2013

‘If we are to move forward, we must believe in Alif Bay Pay. This awareness campaign to highlight the importance of education, being run by a private TV channel, makes every viewer strongly and recurrently realize that we, individually as well as collectively, still have to do a lot for the promotion of education in our country. We are paying …

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LIVING UNDER DRONES

In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the US safer by enabling ‘targeted killing’ of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts. This narrative is false. Real threats to US security and to Pakistani civilians exist in the Pakistani border areas now targeted …

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