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China-Punjab Economic Corridor

Cartoon by Sabir Nazir for The Friday Times

Adnan Aamir Last time I checked Pakistan was a federation of four provinces. However, the current federal government of Pakistan apparently only considers Punjab to be Pakistan. When the incumbent federal government came into power it was called a Punjab-centric government from the outset. The 51 agreements signed between China and Pakistan, or more accurately Punjab, have proved beyond any ...

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Fighting Resistance To Administer Polio Drops

Nadir Jailani Sajida Bibi knocks on each door in Killi Shakar Khan Quetta to ask if there are children below 5 in the house. With a gesture of compliance she enters the house. She squeezes the cheeks of a child, presses the slender plastic bottle, drops three dots of anti-poliomyelitis vaccine and marks the vaccine with a marker on the ...

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Widespread Industrial Fire Incidents In Pakistan

Hanif Dilmurad Industrial accidents and fire incidents are every day routine in most industrial cities of Pakistan. Absence of precautionary measures and lack of robust regulatory systems has put the lives of laborers in permanent danger. List of industrial incidents in Pakistan is very long.  On December 28, 2014, Timber market near Old Haji Camp in Karachi gutted. As a ...

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Letter: Sindh Crying For Peace

Sindh used to be recognized as a land of love, peace and Sufis but nowadays Sindh is confronting many problems related to violence for the last few years. On the 30th of January 2015, a bomb blast struck main Imam Bargah of Shikarpur during Juma Prayer. As a result 72 innocent people lost their lives. This is not the Sindh ...

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Letter: Polio Vaccines Are Not Harmful

Polio also known as Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. Children, younger than 5 years old are more likely to contract the virus as compared to any other age group. According to World Health Organization (WHO), one in 200 polio infections will result in permanent paralysis. However the disease has been ...

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Letter: Corruption Needs To Be Checked

The word corruption is derived from the Latin word corrupts which means to break. There are many types of corruption such as petty corruption, grand corruption and political corruption. Petty corruption is usually linked with the lower salary employees and generally considered as facilitating payments whereas grand corruption is associated with high level bureaucracy. However the political corruption, as name ...

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Letter: Stop Cheating In Sindh And Balochistan

Undoubtedly, merit is the foundation upon which countries develop. However in Pakistan no department is found without corruption. Education is fundamental right of every citizen but the institutions that are supposed to impart education are infested with corruption. Cheating during examinations is rampant in Sindh and Balochistan. Who is responsible for this? Cheating in exams destroys the future of the ...

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Pakistan Blocked 25 Million Unverified Sims

Bahram Sayad Islamabad – Over 25 million unverified Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs) have been blocked by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) when the three month deadline for biometric verification of SIMs ended on Sunday. This announcement was made by Chairman of PTA Dr. Ismail Shah on Monday. The five telecom operators of Pakistan, Mobilink, Ufone, Telenor, Warid and Zong launched biometric ...

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Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto: The Forgotten Villain Of Balochistan

Adnan Aamir The year was 1972. The wounds of Pakistan’s breakup were fresh. For the first time in the history of the country, power was being transferred to provinces after direct elections. It was a new beginning for Pakistan. The government of National Awami Party (NAP) was in power in Balochistan. After 25 years of struggle, finally the people of ...

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Letter: Minorities insecure in Pakistan

Meer Khan Since inception of Pakistan, Minorities have been treated as inferior citizens. Few days ago, Police arrested Hindu students who were celebrating their religious festival in Jam Shoro, Sindh. After reading that news, several question popped up in my mind that why they were arrested? What was their crime or whether a new amendment has been made in constitution ...

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