Pak Affairs

Madrassah Education in Pakistan Some Insights

Pakistan has a very high number of out-of-school children despite the fact that country’s constitution makes it mandatory for the government to educate all citizens. Expenditure on education in the country has historically remained the lowest in the South Asian region. As an alternate to formal education, religious seminaries (Madaris) have offered education to a large segment of society, especially …

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For Pakistan, Democracy Has Never Been A Luxury

Recently, a former military dictator Pervez Musharraf made headlines. In an interview with BBC, he lauded the rules of former military dictators, saying, “Dictators set the country right … [and] military rule always brought progress to Pakistan.” Of course, he lied. But there is another trumped-up story, far terrible, told also by a former and the first military dictator, Ayub …

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DWINDLING TAX REVENUES, Major reasons for non-achieving of tax revenue targets

Achieving tax revenue target remains the top priority of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). For this purpose, the FBR employs conventional and unconventional methods. However, historical data indicate that the FBR missed the tax targets for the most of fiscal years (FYs). For example, the FBR could not achieve even the revised tax revenue target of Rs 3.5 trillion …

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Foreign Policy Imperatives for Pakistan

Pakistan has been in want of a pragmatic and well-articulated foreign policy since 2008. What is more worrying is that the PML-N-led incumbent democratic dispensation displayed an outright reluctance to appoint a competent and astute person as a full-time foreign minister for nearly four years. Because of Pakistan’s chronic foreign policy crisis, the world is rather unwilling to appreciate the …

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The Purpose of Education

Every now and then a question arises in every educated person’s mind: what is the purpose of education? Most of us think it as a way to get job or learn some skills. To some extent, it is true that through education we learn skills to get a job or do some work. But, is it the sole purpose of …

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The BRICS Declaration Did China Ditch Pakistan?

Recent weeks have been fraught with bad news for Pakistan. First, President Donald Trump accused that “Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror”. Then, came the declaration adopted by Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) at their summit in Xiamen. This caught much attention in Pakistan and the uproar was on two clauses in …

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The Woes of Criminal Justice System in Pakistan

The civil and criminal justice system in Pakistan has historically been confronted with complaints of inefficiencies, serious legal and procedural lacunas and inordinate delays. All these challenges in litigation of civil and criminal cases have, over time, become chronic and proverbial. These challenges in the law and justice system of Pakistan, however, need to be seen against the backdrop of …

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TRUMP BEWARE Pakistan’s luck playing China card is turning

By: Andrew Small At the lowest ebb of the last annus horribilis for US-Pakistan ties in 2011, soon after the special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan brandished the China card: if relations with Washington were going into a tailspin, Islamabad would turn to Beijing instead. But, China discreetly made it clear to both the United …

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Stability-Instability Paradox, and India’s Fourth Generation Warfare against Pakistan

The stability–instability paradox is relatively a new concept in strategic studies and international relations. It was one of the several concepts evolved during the Cold War period to explain why “stability” at the strategic level between the two superpowers led to “instability” at the lower levels of the conflict. This paradox continues to remain a subject of intense debate even …

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The Case for More Provinces, A roadmap for a stronger Pakistan

“People have declared it necessary with one voice to have a new province in Sindh, the unanimity of public opinion demonstrates that a new province has become our fate.” This very statement by a political leader spurred a debate in the country for amending the constitution for creating new provinces. Perfection can never be achieved for any piece of work. …

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