Month: October 2010

Flood Situation- Latest update

NUMBERS AT A GLANCE SOURCE Total Affected Population 20.3 million NDMA – October 13 Estimated Deaths 1,974 NDMA– October 13 Houses Damaged or Destroyed 1.7 million IOM2 – October 21 Latest situation Ø As floodwaters recede throughout Pakistan, populations continue to return home. According to the Government of Pakistan (GoP) National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), an estimated 98 percent of people displaced from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPk) Province and 90 percent of people displaced from Punjab Province had returned home as of October 20. Ø The NDMA estimates that approximately 54 percent of the displaced population in Sindh Province has returned home. However, standing floodwater continues to prevent returns in some areas, particularly in western Sindh. Ø Road access to upper Swat District, KPK Province, continues to improve. As a result, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) began transporting emergency relief commodities to the area by road on October 18. Ø On October 20, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began distributing wheat seed, vegetable seed, and fertilizer to 3,077 households in KPk Province as …

Pakistan moves up on the corruption Index

By Awaam In the middle of all chaos and crises, the report of escalating level of corruption is yet another threat to Pakistan and its common people. The corruption index report issued by the Transparency International yesterday has revealed that Pakistan has moved up on the ranking of most corrupt countries in the year 2010. According to the report it has climbed up to the 34th rank in 2010 from the 47th in last year. The speedy growth in country’s corruption level is alarming. While this may also be merely the perception, but the fact is that perception matters.

Agar kaan ka haadisa hamaary yahaan hota….!!!

This has been sent to us by a dear friend. Enjoy ! ya dil jilayay ! The rescue of the Chilean miners trapped 600 feet below the earth for almost 70 days was really dramatic and moving. It got me thinking, what the situation might have been had these miners been Pakistanis….. Rehman Malik  would have announced within the first few moments of the incident that all the miners were dead, only to retract his statement later. Zardari would go off to France to wine and dine at his chateau. The Prime Minster would have come out with the statement that if such an accident had really taken place, he was not aware of it. Nawaz Sharif would first join hands with the PPP in saving the lives of the miners and then turn against his “bhai” alleging that this was a plot to gain votes. Imran Khan would be blaming the Americans for the collapse of the mine. Altaf Hussain would want the government to hand over the rescue operation to the army. Ejaz …

Is Another Pakistan Possible?: A young Graduate’s Perspective

This is a post by our new internee, Sonia Khan, who is a masters in Anthropology. This is how a young Pakistani sees her country. This is her view point and she will be encouraged if readers comment and make suggestions. _____________________________________________________________________ The chaos in which Pakistan is today, we all know about it. Overpopulation, poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, inflation, food crises, energy crises, provincial disparity, political instability, religious extremism, and terrorism. You name it we have got it. Though, our current situation is worse than ever; but in spite of all that do we think that another Pakistan is possible? Or we could take this country to the level where many developed countries are today?

Public Opinion in Pakistan’s Tribal Regions

New America Foundation // Terror Free Tomorrow Public Opinion Survey People of Pakistan’s tribal areas strongly oppose the U.S. military pursuing al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters based in their region; American drone attacks deeply unpopular. Residents of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) back instead Pakistan military fighting against the militants. Scant support for al-Qaeda and Pakistani Taliban in FATA. The New America Foundation and Terror Free Tomorrow have conducted the first comprehensive public opinion survey covering sensitive political issues in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. The unprecedented survey, from June 30 to July 20, 2010, consisted of face-to-face interviews of 1,000 FATA residents age 18 or older across 120 villages/sampling points in all seven tribal Agencies of FATA, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent, and field work by the locally-based Community Appraisal & Motivation Programme. Funding for the poll was provided by the United States Institute of Peace, a congressionally funded think tank, which had no other role in the poll.

An Unlikely Trio Can Iran, Turkey, and the United States Become Allies?

By Mustafa Akyol Insanity, it is often said, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. When it comes to the Middle East, writes Stephen Kinzer, a veteran foreign correspondent, Washington has been doing just that. Hence, in Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America’s Future, he proposes a radical new course for the United States in the region. The United States, he argues, needs to partner with Iran and Turkey to create a “powerful triangle” whose activities would promote a culture of democracy and combat extremism.

A land beyond the power of miracles

Ayaz Amir Only a miracle can turn around a situation rooted in 63 years of drift and apathy. Pakistan was taken over by a clutch of lacklustre leaders soon after the British presided over the break-up of the sub-continent and gifted independence to us. We are still in their clutches. Nothing else explains the never-ending circus which passes for the running of national affairs in Islamabad, and its various decrepit institutions.