[Originally published on FutureChallenges.org] Beset by economic woes and laboring under rapid demographic change, Pakistan still manages to leverage the power of technological breakthroughs in new and creative ways to improve the workings of government. One such way was found by Zubair K. Bhatti, the government administrator of the district of Jhang, and his example… Read More Mobile phones – new weapons in Pakistan’s war on corruption
Hunger is desperation. Hunger is helplessness. Hunger is a disease. Hunger is seeing your children cry for food but being unable to feed them. Imagine waking up every morning not knowing whether
[Originally published in the Daily Times Op-Ed pages] “We consider ourselves Pakistani, but unfortunately the government of Pakistan does not” were the resounding words uttered by a resident of FATA I spoke to recently. “As you entered this Agency, you must have read the board that says ‘Ilaqa-e-Ghair’ (area of the others), does that not… Read More Independence in FATA
[Originally published in the Daily Times Op-ed pages] The primary focus in the drone debate so far has remained on the civilian casualties. Drone attacks have mostly been concentrated in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA), and some in the South Waziristan Agency (SWA) of FATA in Pakistan. However, the impact of these killings in particular and… Read More Living Under Drones: the Psychological, Social, and Economic Impact of Drones in FATA.
[Originally published on FutureChallenges.org] As the most populated region in the world, South Asia can also boast the highest number of young people per world region as well, and this trend continues to grow driven by high birth rates. This means that in the near future there will be increasing numbers of young people looking… Read More Youth bulge in South Asia: Job creation must tap the potential
[Originally published in the Focal Point Magazine] August 14, the independence day of Pakistan, is undoubtedly one of the most festive and celebrated days in the Pakistani calendar. The entire country goes green, with firecrackers, fireworks, candles, decorative lights, diyas, and flags of all sizes seen almost anywhere one goes. Patriotic songs can be heard… Read More The Inspiration of Independence – Patriotism in Pakistan
[Originally published on FutureChallenges.org] The eighth of the 2015 United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) states that the international community is to take measures to increase cooperation and encourage a partnership between the developed and the developing world. With a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.49, and with 40% of its population living below the poverty line, Pakistan… Read More International aid: towards a responsible partnership for development