Tuesday, June 11

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The Pakhtoon Community: A Tapestry of History, Culture, and Resilience
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The Pakhtoon Community: A Tapestry of History, Culture, and Resilience

The history and customs of the Pakhtoons, a distinctive community with a rich heritage, have been extensively studied by authors such as Olaf Caroe, Dr. Bellew, Longworth Dames, Ghani Khan, and Brigadier Omar Shahid Afridi. In fact, emperor Jahangir also had a great interest on this topic and the very first work on the history of Pakhtoon was also completed in his reign in 1612 by his courtier Niamatullah under the name Maghzan e Afghani .His book also brought many controversies with it as for the very first time he associated pakhtoons with the lost tribes of Jews and this lacked factual grounds. The Pakhtoons are of Aryan stock and have strong ties to the Turkish-Persian race. They are a conglomeration of tribes that have retained their identity over time, often migrating due to conq...
The Quiet Cleansing
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The Quiet Cleansing

Pooja Kumar, an 18 year old Hindu girl was shot dead by people of influence in the rural, and feudal town of Rohri, Sindh. Her sin only consisted of  resisting forced marriage at the hand of Wahid Bux Lashari, the accused, according to police reports. Although exact figures are arduous to obtain, almost twenty Hindu girls are abducted and converted to Islam in Pakistan every single month. As per UN reports, Hindu girls as young as thirteen are being kidnapped, trafficked and coerced to marry men twice, triple their age and consequently forced to convert to Islam. These marriages and conversions take place through coercive mechanisms such as threatening, violence or excommunication and although coercion is hard to prove, humanitarian activists say close to a 1000 Hindu girls have beco...
The Viability of Premarital Screening in Pakistan
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The Viability of Premarital Screening in Pakistan

With its first human settlement dating back to 5000 years, Pakistan and its lands has witnessed several population trajectories; translating into the modern age in the form of the several ethnicities found across the country. This diversity is homogenous and is often strengthened by consanguineous marriages as a consequence of antiquated ideas of unity. In recent years, these practices have given rise to a discussion about the viability and potential risks of premarital screening to guarantee that two partners can produce genetically healthy offspring. Alswaidi and O’brien define premarital screening as a medical examination of individuals about to enter into marriage. This test checks for potential risk of blood genetic and infectious diseases like thalassemia, HIV, Hepatitis, etc. On th...
Elite Capture Of The State
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Elite Capture Of The State

The current political and economic turmoil in Pakistan has led to polarization on a magnitude not only within Pakistan but around most of the politically tense world. Whether you have been awarded the title of a Patwari or a Youthiya, whether your opponents are the Beggars or the Niazis, you are still affected by the universal consequence that the ‘Us versus Them’ political mentality encompasses - an inability to hold the real perpetrators accountable - the elite. Elites within Pakistan, whether they be military elites, industrial elites or feudal elites, have in essence managed a chokehold not only on the entire political machinery of Pakistan but the state itself. A subtle, yet ironically explicit way through which this chokehold on the state is enforced is political polarization whi...
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Through the Lens Of The Diminished : A Chronicle of Amin Maktab Visit

Amin Maktab. A sanctuary for the ostracised. A refuge for the unacknowledged. An abode for the dismissed. An institution that symbolizes hope in the utmost sense. Despite the dark hallways that encompass Amin Maktab, they are juxtaposed with the humanity radiating from its inhabitants. Initially established as a Special Education School, the philanthropic community of Amin Maktab has since evolved from 1985 to have autonomy over their purpose and vision by having their proper infrastructure credited with the provision of credible facilities for over 100 challenged children. On 11th January 2023, our Kaizen Lions-in-Service community collaborated with Special Olympics Pakistan, another organization mirroring the sentiment of their mission as Amin Maktab to empower special needs individu...
Pakistan’s Failure In The OGP
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Pakistan’s Failure In The OGP

Open Government Partnership (OGP) consists of three main principles: Transparency, Participation and Collaboration. The idea of an open government rapidly gained popularity after President Barack Obama signed his first executive order, the “Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government” for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies in March 2009. This initiative meant to bridge the gap between the civilians and the government which brought the attention of the world as many countries started to actively change their governing principles to be more open and ultimately, a total of 77 countries and 106 local jurisdictions joined the OGP. Pakistan was also one of the countries that joined the OGP in 2016. However, unable to fulfil the set requirements, it was officially withdrawn from ...
From Kardeş to Perverts; An Increase in Discontent of the Pak-Turk Entente
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From Kardeş to Perverts; An Increase in Discontent of the Pak-Turk Entente

Kardeş /noun./ (pronouncing ‘kar-dish’); Turkish for Sibling /Brother. A term which you would recurrently get referred to as, if you’re a Pakistani traveling in Turkey. Earlier this year, in April, indecorous videos and photographs of Turkish women and children surfaced on social media which were allegedly recorded by immigrants residing from Pakistan, creating a furor amongst the Turks, who justifiably responded by scathing retorts and taking their socials by storm with their ‘Get Out Pakistani men’ campaign which top trended in its major cosmopolitans. “ ‘Not all men’ yet all women feel unsafe around Pakistani men. Ironic, isn’t it? ” -Anoushey Ashraf (Actress) Bridging the illustrious Europeans to the prodigious Asians stands the mighty state of the Turks. What was once the ca...
Pakistan Downgraded to Frontier Market
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Pakistan Downgraded to Frontier Market

MSCI announced that it will reclassify Pakistan from an emerging market to a frontier market The decision made on early morning Wednesday was rather anticipated (MSCI) Morgan Stanley Capital International Indexes are tracked by global institutional investors and asset managers alike MSCI said that Pakistani Markets no longer met the criteria for Size and liquidity Pakistan had a small equity weightage in the Emerging frontier market index where it was competing with more advanced emerging markets like China and India, in the EM index its weightage was reduced from 15 basis points to 2 basis points over the last few years Note: one basis point = 0.1% Now Pakistan would have a larger weightage in Frontier Index A common metaphor being dubbed for today’s move is t...
Turning data into credit
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Turning data into credit

Due to the increasing level of financial exclusion, individuals are without access to common financial services. These can include but are not limited to: savings accounts, loans, cashless transactions, credit, and other traditional banking services. The central bank’s third quarterly report, titled ‘Private Credit Bureaus in Pakistan – Enhancing Credit Penetration by Addressing Information Asymmetries’ provides valuable insight on actions that may allow for the augmentation of credit penetration and greater financial inclusion within the economy. A high level of government borrowing has reduced the financial capital available to private sector firms, as well as lead to trade imbalances and even financial crises and Pakistan’s private sector credit to GDP...
Telenor’s ARPU
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Telenor’s ARPU

One of Pakistan's noticeable versatile organization administrators (MNO) shut the half-year finished June 30, 2021, on a blended note. According to the most recent monetary outcomes reported by Telenor Gathering, its Pakistan auxiliary Telenor Pakistan figured out how to develop working benefits by 17% year-on-year to Rs12 billion in 1HCY21. The turnaround comes after this MNO recorded 11% yearly constriction in working benefits during CY20. Then again, normal income per client (ARPU) keeps on outlining a lower pattern. At the top, the absolute incomes came to nearly Rs53 billion in the half-year time span, showing the development of 6% over 1HCY20. (Rupee figures are gotten after a change from the revealed Norwegian Krone (NOK) information). Going on like this, Telenor Pakistan is...