February 2009

International Mother Language Day: ‘Punjabis reluctant to accept Punjabi as mother tongue’

* Punjabi scholar says Punjabi literature comparable to literature of any other language
By Ali Usman
LAHORE: A large number of Punjabis are reluctant to accept Punjabi as their mother tongue, as they fear they will be considered illiterate if they speak the language, Punjabi intellectuals and scholars said on Friday.Read More »International Mother Language Day: ‘Punjabis reluctant to accept Punjabi as mother tongue’

Drones vs sharia —Rafia Zakaria

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This deal has a cost not only for the Pakistani state but also for the Taliban. It is undoubted that highly radicalised elements within the TTP and the TNSM are opposed to reaching any agreement with the state

On February 17, 2009, American news outlets took a minute from their seemingly unending sob saga over the economic crisis to ponder a different development. The deal between the leader of Tehreek-e Nifaz-e Shariat-e Muhammadi, Sufi Muhammad, and the NWFP government was cast uniformly as a sign of Islamabad surrendering to the Taliban.Read More »Drones vs sharia —Rafia Zakaria

Fleshing out policy —Shaukat Qadir

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The CJCSC has never even been allowed to function in his capacity as ‘advisor to the government on military matters’. In fact, he has over time become merely a ceremonial appointment

Following last week’s article, in which I concluded with the necessity of a secretariat that could flesh out policy and highlighted that the current constitutional arrangement was unworkable, a number of readers have wondered why the current arrangement is not workable. Let us consider why modification is needed.Read More »Fleshing out policy —Shaukat Qadir

Role of institutions in economic development

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Notwithstanding the disillusion with government, it is, however, an indisputable fact that a liberal market oriented economy can yield positive results in a milieu characterised by good governance and effective institutions

No theme in contemporary history of man has aroused such debate and controversy as the subject of development. The subject has been explored and examined from every possible angle and in all its dimensions. There are conferences and seminars galore on the subject and every year thousands of entries are added to the bibliography. Read More »Role of institutions in economic development

Implications of the Swat deal —Najmuddin A Shaikh

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It is a sad but almost foregone conclusion that this agreement will be no more effective than the ones concluded in the past, and that while there will be a welcome albeit temporary respite from the daily bloodletting in Swat, the strife will soon resume

Last week, I recommended that all power centres should adopt a clear direction and give a mandate to the foreign minister for his visit to the United States to review US policy towards Afghanistan. The general belief, which I shared, was that the army was evolving a new strategy in its war against the insurgents in Swat and that this would reverse the ongoing Talibanisation of the area.Read More »Implications of the Swat deal —Najmuddin A Shaikh

Expert links Alzheimer’s to meat consumption

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By Sarwat Ghulam Rasool

KARACHI: An expert has said that people who eat meat regularly have a greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s than those who eat vegetables.

“Alzheimer’s is basically a neuron degenerative disease, a most common cause of the dementia. Dementia is a word that is used for the progressive declining of brain function including memory lost. In Alzheimer’s, patients first lose their short-term memory and as the disease further develops, they start to lose their long-term memory as well,” said prominent health consultant Dr SM Asrar. Read More »Expert links Alzheimer’s to meat consumption

Islamabad diary: doctrine of necessity in Swat (in its purest form)

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Ayaz Amir
Those armchair warriors — and there’s no shortage of them out here — who are wringing their hands over the Swat accord should ask themselves whether the government had any alternative. Necessity, and iron necessity at that, is the mother of this accord. The authorities were left with no other option because the Swat Taliban under the command of Maulana Fazlullah had fought the army to a standstill. Read More »Islamabad diary: doctrine of necessity in Swat (in its purest form)

Environment, development & Dr Adil Najam- Ahmad Rafay Alam

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Dr. Adil Najam is the Fredrick S. Pardee Professor of Global Public Policy and Director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Term Future at Boston University. He was one of the lead authors of the UN-IPCC report on climate change that shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. He is also the founding editor of Pakistaniat, one of the most popular Pakistani blog sites on the internet. Last week Dr. Najam was on a whirlwind tour of Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi where he made presentations before senior policy makers and stake holders. His point, if I can take the liberty of summarizing his thesis, is that it is now impossible to think of development without taking into consideration the environment.Read More »Environment, development & Dr Adil Najam- Ahmad Rafay Alam

Number of Pakistani students in UK ‘has doubled since 2003’

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The number of Pakistani students studying in the United Kingdom has doubled since 2003, taking the total to 10,000 in 2009, two thirds of which are postgraduate students.

This was stated by Sue Beaumont, Country Director British Council Pakistan, at a press briefing held here to highlight various programmes initiated by the British Council in partnership with Higher Education Commission (HEC). Read More »Number of Pakistani students in UK ‘has doubled since 2003’