The immiserizing state of education in ‘Naya Pakistan’

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) government has completed two and a half years of its tenure, and the education sector of Pakistan seems not quite much to be in line with the party’s already-set manifesto pertaining to the education system. In the year 2013, before coming into government, PTI painted a picture of its ‘six-point education policy’ framework that is intended to put into practice.

The six points that were to become part of PTI’s election manifesto, were; one education system for all, reengineering governance based on complete decentralization, increasing budget funds, adult education, teacher training, and information and communication technology. Currently, the government looks unable to materialize these points into reality.

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The Russian Ascent

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has made a two-day visit to Pakistan recently. In his present stay, he held meetings with PM Imran Khan, FM, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and COAS General Bajwa. His official visit accentuated further improvement in Pak-Russia relations and the creation of an environment of mutual understanding, acceleration in defense ties, full-time defense support to Pakistan, and participation in military and naval exercises. His meetings with his contemporary FM Qureshi meant a new warmth in the direction of the Pak-Russia bond. The most attention-seeking point of the current visit was that Sergey Lavrov’s conveyed President Putin’s message to Pakistani authorities. The directive was, “we are open for any cooperation, whatever Pakistan needs Russia is ready for it.” This thought-provoking message is a new tenure in Pak-Russia affairs and will create a new chapter in the history of both countries.

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Mr Prime Minister! Human Beings Are Not Objects

Our philosopher-king has passed ridiculously coldhearted remarks in the context of rape and its underlying causes. Being an advocate of Riyasat-e-Madinah, he seems to be a little too much of a critic of Western society and a fan of Turkish dramas, but he needs to understand that it’s never too late to educate himself of things he doesn’t know about. His poor understanding of this highly sensitive issue has offended women all over the country.

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Jahangir Khan Tareen, Acceptance in Denial

Yes! He denied that he is not joining any other political party. Yes! He also categorically said that he is not joining PPP, to be exact. He denied all media reports and rumors. But yet, something is cooking in the political kitchen of Pakistan. Ingredients are all set to be added in the cooking pot and the fire is flaming high. Sometimes rumors may come true; propaganda becomes reality, lies change into truth. That’s the same case with Mr. Jahangir Khan Tareen. He denied all media reports to join any other political party. Especially he denied any meeting with Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmood or with any other Political Leader of PPP. Denial accepted, but there is still something fishy and tasty is being cooked in the political kitchen of Pakistan Politics.

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Pak-China Diplomatic ties, golden 70 years

The 70th anniversary of Pak-China diplomatic ties is celebrating this year and it is a good thing that friendship with China is at the forefront of the issues on which there is no difference in Pakistani society. The positive feedback on the usefulness of establishing closer ties with China in Pakistan came with the advent of the Chinese Revolution and its profound effect on the collective psyche of both nations.

This is not just rhetoric, but when Chinese President Xi paid his first visit to Pakistan in 2015, he wrote an article in which he expressed his feelings in this way ” When I was young, I heard many touching stories about Pakistan and the friendship between our two countries.

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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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