Monthly Archives: April 2009


Pakistan’s neo-Taliban

By I.A. Rehman THE militants’ tactical retreat from Buner, an armed operation against them in Dir and some formal assurances by the army top brass have given most Pakistanis a sense of respite. It should now be possible to comprehend the neo-Taliban phenomenon without which they cannot be overcome. The […]


Ice study has good and bad news for planet

A study of Greenland’s icesheet has revealed that a vast store of planet-warming methane appears to be more stable than thought, easing fears of a rapid rise in temperatures, a scientist has said. Methane is about 25 times more powerful at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide (CO2) […]


Vitamin deficiency raises asthma risk

A low intake of vitamins A and C could raise the risk of asthma, a team which reviewed 40 studies carried out over the past 30 years has said. A Nottingham University-led team found people with a low intake of vitamin C had a 12% increased risk of asthma, the […]


4th Quarter Monetary Policy Statement. Hopes and Fears

Mehmood-Ul-Hassan Khan The governor State Bank of Pakistan announced the fourth quarterly Monetary Policy Statement. The SBP reduced the discount rate by 100 basis points to 14 per after a recorded/ reported sharp fall in inflation. According to the statement economy had made a steady progress towards macroeconomic stability. The […]


Friends of Pakistan Donor Conference: Perceptions and Realities 1

Mehmood-Ul-Hassan Khan The government of Japan and the World Bank were the co-host of a Pakistan Donors Conference held in Tokyo. Friends of Democratic Pakistan Group Ministerial Meeting was chaired by Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi the foreign minister of Pakistan. He said that Friends of Pakistan (FoDP) have pledged up […]


Where is the Pakistan army?

Dr Farrukh Saleem Five thousand square kilometres of Swat are now under Taliban control — de jure. Chitral (14,850 sq km), Dir (5,280 sq km), Shangla (1,586 sq km), Hangu (1,097 sq km), Lakki Marwat (3,164 sq km), Bannu (1,227 sq km), Tank (1,679 sq km), Khyber, Kurram, Bajaur, Mohmand, […]