Do We Really Stand with Kashmiris?

Another 5 February is yet to be passed and Kashmir nhi ban saka Pakistan. Each year, we celebrate Kashmir day with a purpose to express our solidarity with Kashmiris. It is unfortunate that amid rhetorical speeches and aggressive statements by the government ministers, the Kashmir Day of 2021 is not going to bring a productive and practical outcome for Kashmiris and for us too. It is more than a mere likelihood that the day will be passed with the only reiteration i.e. Kashmir hun mei, Shehrag Pakistan ki. Yawp.

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The Untouchables of Pakistan

A wise man once said that if you want to know who rules you, find out who you are not allowed to criticize. To elaborate it a little more the people who cannot be held accountable for anything they do, people who can cause riots, incite violence, loot public money and overturn the sitting governments and still are treated like holy cows are the people who rule over us. People like these are treated with extreme caution and negotiated with whenever they come and casually try to siege your capital city.

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Where Is The State Now?

It is ironic to see the indifference of our Prime Minister, Imran Khan in response to a brutal attack that took place in the Hazara Community. The attack marked on 4th January 2020 granted no quarter to the 11 innocent lives, leaving the rest in a state of despair. Even though the recent attack made the victims face severe fright and trepidation in the last moments of their life, our prime minister was not ready to console the grieving families of the Mach coal miners by visiting them.

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Out of School Children Waiting for a Savior

The challenge of bringing the enormous number of out-of-school children to schools and reducing dropout rates of school-going children seems ungovernable like the price hikes in the country. The Pakistan Education Statistics (2016/2017) data show that there are currently 22.84 million Out of School Children (OOSC) in the country, and the share of Gilgit – Baltistan is almost 70,000. Besides, the world Bank has estimated a million more children, mostly girls are at risk of dropping out of schools. Consequently, the number may soar from 22.84 to 23.84 million in just one-year time. Additionally, a significant number of children might drop out of private schools, because a cumulative total of almost ten-months fee bills are overdue. As of today, we do not see any significant initiative being taken to improve the quality of education and dealing with the issue of OOSC.

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GB: A Step In The Right Direction

In a recent announcement the Prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, announced to elevate the status of Gilgit-Baltistan as the fifth province of the country. Keeping in mind the powerful historical background, and the strategic, economic, and cultural importance of Gilgit-Baltistan, it is surprising that such a move has taken so long to materialize nevertheless it is indeed a welcome one that should bring great benefits to the region and the country. Gilgit-Baltistan, which covers an area of 72,971 km2 (28,174 sq. mi), and has a population of approximately 1.5 million, comprises of three divisions, namely Chilas, Gilgit, and Baltistan that are further divided into ten districts. Surrounding the region are China and Afghanistan in the north, Indian occupied Kashmir in the south and southeast, and Chitral in the west.

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Revolution Knows No Pandemic

As Pakistan Democratic Movement prepares for its sixth and final power show in Lahore, the accused Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf government has been anxiously trying to stop PDM. Many believe that the lockdown 2.0 due to the second wave of Corona Virus outbreak, flooding the lawns of Minar-e-Pakistan, and arresting DJ Butt were all excuses for halting the Jalsa. The real question that arises from the current tussle between PDM and the government is, whether gathering thousands of people during a pandemic is morally and politically correct or not?

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Declaration of Association of Pakistani Independent Online Journalism Platforms

The representatives of independent online journalism platforms from across Pakistan, gathered in Lahore on November 18-19, 2020 and issued the following declaration:

We, the representatives of independent online journalism platforms from across Pakistan, gathered in Lahore on November 18-19, 2020, have agreed to join together into an Association and outlined its following mission and core charter:

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Bureaucracy in the Developing World

Bureaucracy in the contemporary developing world has secured a decisive position in the process of political development or retrogression. Being the colonial legacy, the nation-building for civil officers remained far from their traditional administrative approach. Given the fact, involving the non-political executives in the process of political development and nation-building, the incumbent government again resorted to the buzzword ‘reforms’.

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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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