January 19, 2009

Can we defend our past economic performance in Pakistan?


ARTICLE (January 19 2009): Is the Musharraf government responsible for much of the ills that plague Pakistan both in the field of economics as well as security today? And if so why, given the advent of democracy in the country, in however nascent a form, are key decision-making members of that era not being held accountable?

These are critical questions plaguing the people of this country as we struggle with high inflationary pressures, massive unscheduled load shedding of gas and electricity and last, but not least, the rise in suicide attacks with its prohibitive economic cost both in terms of human and asset destruction and its impact on foreign and local investment levels.Read More »Can we defend our past economic performance in Pakistan?

The long view-By Ahmad Faruqui

THERE is an abundance of dire predictions about the future of Pakistan and a dearth of rosy ones. The latest dystopia comes from the US Joint Forces Command.

Its Joint Operating Environment report was issued just as the Mumbai attacks were unfolding, which means that the negative effects on Pakistan’s security of that event did not get factored in. Even then, in its worst-case scenario, there was “a rapid and sudden collapse” of Pakistan.Read More »The long view-By Ahmad Faruqui

The future of tribalism-By Nasser Yousaf

HISTORY has not really been kind to the tribesmen of the NWFP: it dubbed them as clever robbers and as deft and brutal assassins. The chroniclers did not discriminate but generalised.

They simply wrote off, say, the Afridis as evil and the Shinwari, Wazir and Mehsud as capable of inflicting doom on those within their reach. On the other end, the present appears even more ominous: it labels the Frontier tribesmen as terrorists of the worst order. Today tribal homes, once the pride of hosts and guests alike, are targets for drones. So what does the future hold for these tribesmen? Are they writing their own elegy by challenging the writ of the rest of the world or are they facing collective blame for the misdeeds of a few?Read More »The future of tribalism-By Nasser Yousaf

Childbirth 300 times riskier in poor countries than in rich

Women living in poor countries are 300 times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than if they lived in rich countries, UNICEF said. “The divide between industrialised countries and developing regions — particularly the least developed countries — is perhaps greater on maternal mortality than on almost any other issue,” the UN Children’s Fund said. On average, 1,500 women die every day during pregnancy or childbirth, or about half a million per year, with 95 percent of them in Africa or Asia. India alone accounts for 22 percent of the global total.Read More »Childbirth 300 times riskier in poor countries than in rich

Meeting the grim challenge of climate change-Ahmad Rafay Alam

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rafay-alam1Hamidullah Jan Afridi, Pakistan’s Environment Minister, has spearheaded the campaign to make 2009 the National Year of the Environment. This initiative is the need of the day. Last week, addressing the IUCN’s Regional Conference on Climate Change, even the Prime Minister stated that climate change was one of his government’s top priorities.
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Husbands are not happy too

Zafar Alam Sarwar

Being a member of society dedicated to social welfare of all human beings is a matter of pride. More so, when such a member is determined to safeguard the socio-economic interests of the state he lives in, and is ever ready —intellectually and physically — to defend its borders even at the cost of his life. I’m one such citizen of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. But I’m not alone. Millions, who think alike, are on my side with the will to fight for the integrity of the country and engage in national build-up.Read More »Husbands are not happy too

Anaemia — some basics

Dr Ghulam Siddique

Anemia is characterized by reduction in hemoglobin and-red cells which impairs oxygen delivery to the tissues. Adults are considered anemic if there hemoglobin is less than 13.5g/dL in males or less than 12g/dL in females.

It is important to know the basic function of bone marrow which is responsible for blood formation (hematopoeisis or hemopoeisis). Read More »Anaemia — some basics