18 April 2015

Has the National Action Plan been shelved by the government?

Courtesy: The Nation

On December 16 last year Taliban attacked Army Public School in Peshawar. The carnage resulted in the death of 133 students and 16 faculty members. That was the most horrific terrorist attack in the history of Pakistan. Peshawar school massacre forced all the political leaders of Pakistan to put their differences aside and formulate a joint strategy to combat the menace of terrorism. Thus, the National Action Plan (NAP) of Pakistan was formed with the consensus of all political parties on December 24. Since then, more than 100 days have passed and the NAP has failed to achieve its results.

11 April 2015

Local Governments Should Be Made Functional In Balochistan

Balochistan has the distinction of becoming the first province to have conducted local body elections. It also holds the record of
conducting local body polls over a period of 14 months. After a long wait, Local governments in most of districts of Balochistan were finally given charge earlier this year. Since then several complaints have been heard from the elected office bearers that government of Balochistan is not allowing the local governments to be completely functional.

10 April 2015

Judicial Commission Should Also Focus On Balochistan

Courtesy: The Nation

On April 2, an agreement was inked by PTI and PML-N to form a judicial commission to investigate allegations of rigging in the general elections of 2013. Justice Nasirul Mulk, Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan has chosen himself to lead that commission. On Thursday, in its first sitting, the commission asked all political parties to submit any evidence of election rigging that they possess. The formation of the judicial commission is a promising development but there are no signs yet that it would focus on Balochistan as well.

08 April 2015

Balochistan: Politicizing Education

Courtesy: The News

Balochistan is considered the most backward province in Pakistan; and one of the reasons for this backwardness is the poor state of education. The literacy rate in Balochistan, standing at 39 percent, is the lowest when compared with all other provinces. Over 2.3 million children are out of school and there is lack of basic infrastructure and facilities in most colleges and schools of the province. 

03 April 2015

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto: The forgotten villain of Balochistan

Courtesy: The Nation

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.