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The Unemployed Mind: Pakistan’s Unemployment Problem Explained

  To give the country credit, Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world not to obey Okun’s Law which posits a ~2 percent decrease in GDP for every percentage increase in unemployment. Pakistan is an irreverent case. Our problems of unemployment are the same right across the board from youth to adult unemployment and are far too diverse for us to address…

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Celebrating women or the day?

So, I have to write something for the International Women’s Day (IWD). I think, and then I think some more. I go look at the IWD website for inspiration. It says the theme this year is “Connecting girls, Inspiring futures”. I also find out that the UN theme is different: “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty.” So, every country and organisation has a…

And We all Flow Down – A Look at Pakistan’s Water Crisis

Pakistan has long been a country recognized for its agriculture-based economy – whether after primary, secondary or tertiary processing is beside the point. Our exports-based economy really is based on agricultural produce – ranging from wheat and processed cotton to rice. Honestly speaking, this fact is stressed upon us so forcefully during high school that anyone having completed this level of education can tell you…

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Pakistan and the US – Working for a Greater We or a Greater Me?

  To say that the Pakistan-US relationship is one of the great modern voluntary mistakes of the region is not an understatement. What is this relationship based on? What are its foundations? Is it really necessary? Unfortunately, it is not. Coercion? Threats? Muscle flexing? All three? Yes. This may be partly or entirely true – but that is irrelevant here. What is relevant is the…

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The Form of a City Changes Faster, alas, than the Human Heart

Having spent my youth growing up in an Islamabad[i] that belonged to an entirely different generation, I can’t help but compare today’s Islamabad with the yesteryears. While it may still be the city of sleepers that it was in the 90s – when the name was still a novelty[ii] – Islamabad is no longer the ‘burbs that Pindi-ites [iii]would visit every now and then to…

“There Will Be Time To Murder And Create”

Indignant, pained, angry, frustrated… I can go on writing many more words but they would never appropriately convey how I, and many others, feel right now. A nineteen year old man shot in broad daylight and left to bleed to death. This may be something we hear and read about every single day. What makes this story different is the fact that the murderers are…

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Did Obama Kill the Bogeyman?

In what seems, to many, to be a rather suspicious operation, Osama Bin Laden was shot in the head by US Navy Seals in the early hours of May 2nd 2011 (Pakistan standard time) in Pakistan’s city of Abbotabad. Bin Laden has been reported as having been in hiding in the house for a number of months if not years. (The exact duration has yet…