Why Ladies, Kids and the Weak are Unsafe in Pakistan?

Recently there have been many rape incidents in Pakistan and the numbers are increasing day by day. The most recent incidence of gang-rape of a woman in front of her kids, last week, was most heart-breaking and shameful for me, I felt ashamed being a Pakistani. I remained disturbed for the whole week.
I always find myself, my kids, safe here in the UK. This recent incident in Pakistan made me realise even more that our decision to move to the UK was wise. We have been here since 2014 and during this period I never felt any dirty intentions of any person towards me or my children.

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Bracing for a More Inclusive Approach to Rural Development in Balochistan

An analysis of the role played by the Balochistan Rural Development and Community Empowerment (BRACE) Programme

Inclusive development is a regularly re-discovered topic in most development debates. Following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it became clear that Inclusiveness is a key element in all the 17 SDGs, from poverty to hunger, education to health, reduced inequality to gender equality, climate change and so on. The shocking reality is that Pakistan Ranks at a low 134th position out of 166, in the 2020 SDG Index, way below all other South Asian countries in this region. Most recently, the COVID-19 Pandemic made painfully clear how important it is for a government to be able to ‘inclusively’ reach out to all its citizens. Socially mobilised and organised community institutions are key factors for effective and all-inclusive outreach. Although much work has been done on this in Pakistan, it still has a long way to go.

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A Dystopian Tale

Is dystopia a literary genre or a lived reality? And what qualifies as a dystopia? Can the status quo and status quo ante in this country be called a dystopia? While all and sundry are in agreeance that the Republic has run amok some of us still believe in false truths like the decade of prosperity that was the 1960s.

Disabusing Pakistanis of their myths and fixing the collective amnesia is usually reminiscent of the proverbial banging head against a wall, but one should believe in a human’s ability, per se, to let go of their untenable beliefs when provided proof of their falsifiability.

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The Friendly Neighbours

I can say about myself that I am pretty much a VAGABOND naturally. I was born in Southeast Asia then moved to Pakistan and after that, I became the wanderer, shifting from one city to another of Pakistan, once for my medical school and then after marriage. Then finally settled in the UK in 2014.

But as I said before I am a forced traveller by nature. I have changed three houses in the UK to date. It looks like I have restless feet. But my house shifting was much different from my past experiences.

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An Analytic Review of Laws About Rape and Enforcement

When Pakistan came into being, it adopted laws that existed in the Indian sub-continent as the law of the land. This included the civil and criminal codes in Pakistan. The offence of rape was part of these adopted laws.

The offence drew controversy in 1979 when the military dictator General Ziaul Haq, who decided to implement an extremely conservative and contentious version of Islamic law in Pakistan, implemented a process from which we are still recovering.

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Why A Foam Company Needs a Retired Brigadier as HR-Head?

‘Araam ka hay naam’ is the tagline of Diamond Foam. The recognized mattress company recently placed a vacancy ad in an English language daily for the position of Director Administration. Like the requirements of any merit-based hiring process, one expected to read a job description along the lines of ‘a set of skills, a relevant degree, and experience in the field’. But alas, this company was not looking for any of the above qualities in a candidate, to fit the vacant supervisory role; instead, the ad specified in clear terms that it sought a retired brigadier to lead its HR, transport, and logistical operations.

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The Motorway Rape Fiasco

Setting the Agenda:

Act of rape is seldom based on sexual urges, but surely on revenge and other psychological disorders. What sexual pleasure? The offenders achieved with raping a mother of two and that too in public. If only “Sexual gratification” stands the primary goal, then it is better achieved in closed spaces, and not on the roadside. Hence, the act seems more of revenge, some disorder, as the presumed rapist (initial investigations of case support) has a track record of raping a mother and a daughter.

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Eastern Children in the Western World

Immigrants to Canada in the 1950s and ’60s came mostly from European countries. Now the pattern has changed and, according to the 2006 census, 58.3 per cent of the 1.11 million immigrants who arrived in Canada in the last five years came from Asia and the Middle East.
These immigrants came with their customs, traditions and religious and social values, and their children are trained in Canadian schools to practise the qualities of honesty, mutual respect and tolerance to become good citizens.

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Education System of Pakistan

The education system includes all institutions involved in delivering formal education and their faculties, students, physical infrastructure, resources, and rules Pakistan’s education system consists of 260,903 schools, and supports 41,018,384 students with the assistance of 1,535,461 teachers. The system consists of 180,846 public institutions and 80,057 private ones. Thus 31% of educational institutions are owned by the private sector while 69% are public institutions.

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Pakistan Belt and Road Chief Under Pressure to Resign

KARACHI — Asim Saleem Bajwa, the retired general who heads the powerful China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority — the government agency that oversees China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects in Pakistan — has come under pressure to resign after allegations of corruption in his family busineses surfaced.

According to an expose last month in Fact Focus, a Pakistani online news portal, growth of the Bajwa family’s business interests tracked his military career. The story alleged that Bajwa, who is also special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan for information and broadcasting, used his influence to help his family amass huge wealth.

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