Monthly Archives: May 2009


Are the Pakhtuns under siege? 1

Rustam Shah Mohmand In the nineteenth century they fought the British imperialists in a long-drawn-out war of attrition. In the twentieth century they were pitted against the might of another empire, the Soviet Union. In the 21st century, in yet another unequal contest, they are confronted by and fighting against […]


Global crisis poses risk to Pakistan’s economy

ZAHEER ABBASI ISLAMABAD (May 29 2009): The global financial crisis and recession pose risk to Pakistan’s economy with it growth, exports, remittances and capital inflow could decline further in the next fiscal year, according to the International Monetary Fund “Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East and Central Asia,” released here on […]


Ideology, jihad and Jinnah

Today jihad has come to be associated with suicide bombings rather than noble deeds. — AFP/File Photo   By Kunwar Idris Ideology and jihad have always remained a part of Pakistan’s political discourse but without an agreement on what the two concepts mean. They have meant different things to different […]


Europe’s fastest supercomputer unveiled in Germany

BERLIN: A new supercomputer with the power of 50,000 home PCs — the fastest in Europe and the third worldwide — was unveiled on Tuesday in Germany. The ‘Jugene,’ capable of 1,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second, ranks behind the ‘Roadrunner’ and ‘Jaguar’ computers in the United States, said Kosta Schinarakis from […]


Kashmir Watch report

Islamabad, May 26:  Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Sardar Yaqub Khan is leading state to confusion, chaos and anarchy. His rule is no different from his predecessor Sardar Attiq Ahmed Khan Sardar Yaqub’s administration assumed office in January 2009, after ouster of Attiq Ahmed Khan through a no-confidence move. Soon […]


THE CAKE AND THE NUKES

ALI SUKHANVER alisukhanver@hotmail.com     Once my grandma baked a cake, covered it with a lid and put it in the kitchen window for drying. I still remember her crying, “Be vigilant, the rats might drag the cake to their hole.” Now, when I am a grown up man, I […]


Tax proposals for Pakistan budget 2009-10 17

The Overseas Investors’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI) is an important stakeholder in the economy of Pakistan. It has prepared a brief report that takes a broader approach and focuses on long-term issues. The report gives a comprehensive overview of the recommended changes and the rationale for suggesting the […]