Forum: Do the 2014-15 budgetary targets reflect Pakistan’s economic realities?

On June 3, 2014, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar presented the federal budget for 2014-15. Critics, however, were quick to point out that the government’s financial proposals for the coming year were based on figures inflated to present its economic performance in … Continue reading

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Do the 2014-15 budgetary targets reflect Pakistan’s economic realities?

On June 3, 2014, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar presented the federal budget for 2014-15. Critics, however, were quick to point out that the government’s financial proposals for the coming year were based on figures inflated to present its economic performance in … Continue reading

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Are madrasa reforms possible in Pakistan?

The first National Internal Security Policy, presented in Parliament earlier this year, points out that “there were problems within some madrasas which have spread extremism.” The policy also states: “A large number of terrorists, either are, or have been students … Continue reading

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Live discussion: Does the National Internal Security Policy offer viable solutions to the problem of militancy?

After eight months of preparation, the first National Internal Security Policy (NISP), aimed at combating extremism, was presented in Parliament about three weeks ago. The policy comes on the heels of on-again, off-again dialogue between the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban … Continue reading

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Forum: Climate change

Pakistan is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change. The Global Climate Risk Index, an annual report prepared by the German non-government organisation Germanwatch, has ranked Pakistan among the three most affected nations worldwide for three consecutive years since … Continue reading

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Forum: Management Talk

Over the last few weeks, the federal government has made several key appointments, including those of the new Chief Justice of Pakistan and the new army chief. Yet, many other important positions like the Chief Election Commissioner and the chairman … Continue reading

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Does foreign backing help promote arts and culture in Pakistan?

A number of artistic and cultural activities in Pakistan receive support from abroad, financially as well as with positive press coverage. The latest example of this trend is Burka Avenger, an animated series that has won accolades from foreign commentators … Continue reading

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Forum: Media Talk

The Herald invited Adnan Rehmat, Javed Jabbar and Rashed Rehman to discuss whether media should be censored in Pakistan.

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