January 2009

Oil, Obama and Pakistan-Ahmed Quraishi

Islamabad, Pakistan–Publicly, America’s most immediate challenges after the government change are Afghanistan and Pakistan. Privately, in Washington’s power corridors, it is oil.

Oil, and not al Qaeda, is threatening to knock America off global leadership. President Obama takes over a country whose global economic leadership is threatened by dwindling oil reserves and a dogfight over whatever remains.Read More »Oil, Obama and Pakistan-Ahmed Quraishi

Pakistani IT research paper gets top award in India

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Amid the growing tension between Pakistan and India, a Pakistani research paper has received the ‘Best Paper Award’ at the 2nd International Conference on Internet Multimedia Services, Architecture and Applications ( IMSAA-08 ) held in Bangalore, India.

The research paper titled ‘A Comparative Study of Anomaly Detection Algorithms for Detection of SIP Flooding in IMS’ was co-authored by M Ali Akbar, Zeeshan Tariq and Muddassar Farooq of NexGinrc FAST-NU. Read More »Pakistani IT research paper gets top award in India

Pakistan Politics: An open declaration of war

By Mohammad Malick

Oh what a session, it’s been a while since I was last confronted with the difficult choice of where to start. Do I begin by the irony of a cancer stricken Syed Allaudin forcing the house to discuss the equally lethal suffering of the living-dead of Swat? Or do I start with the war between Nawaz Sharif and President Asif Zardari finally being made official by the leader of the opposition? Or should my opening question be why Rehman Malik while being present in the House did not speak on the Swat issue and instead passed the buck to government’s perpetual fall guy (or person) Sherry Rehman? Or should my first words deal with the last ones of Muneer Aurakzai, who shredded the government claim of meaningful actions by the much trumpeted and officially celebrated House Committee on national security? Read More »Pakistan Politics: An open declaration of war

Used car sales in Pakistan up on higher prices of new cars

By Moonis Ahmed

KARACHI: In the wake of ever increasing prices of new cars, the sale of used cars has seen a substantial increase pushing their prices up by 10 to 15 percent, dealers told Daily Times on Monday.

“The used cars sales have almost increased by 20 to 25 percent during last six months,” market dealers informed. Because of high interest rates and strict financing conditions from the banks, a major decline in the sale of new cars was witnessed during 2008. On the contrary some leading carmakers have recently raised the prices of their vehicles despite decline in the sales during July-December.Read More »Used car sales in Pakistan up on higher prices of new cars

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