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Pakistan Daal Consumption Declines Sharply As Meat Consumption Rises

Pakistan's per capita daal (pulse) consumption has sharply declined to about 7 kg/person from about 15 Kg/person in 2000, according to data released by Food and Agriculture Organization and reported in Pakistani media. Meat has replaced it as the main source of protein with per capita meat consumption reipling from 11.7 kg in 2000 to 32 kg in 2016. It is projected to rise to 47 kg by 2020, according to a paper published in…

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Added by Riaz Haq on April 18, 2018 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Washington-Based Baloch Activist "Let Down" by "India's RAW"

Ahmar Mustikhan, a pro-insurgency Baloch activist based in Washington D.C., has released a video recorded in Urdu in which he has lambasted Indian intelligence agency RAW for letting him down.  Mustikhan has been part of Indian sponsored media campaign to attack Pakistan in the United States. He has collaborated with Tarek Fatah known for his advocacy for …

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Added by Riaz Haq on April 17, 2018 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

How Industrialized West Enables Corruption in Developing World

Some have called London the "Money Laundering Capital of the World" where corrupt leaders from developing nations use looted wealth from their people to buy expensive real estate and other assets. Private individuals and businesses from poor nations also park money in the west and other off-shore tax havens to hide their incomes and assets from the tax authorities in their countries…

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Added by Riaz Haq on April 13, 2018 at 7:48am — 1 Comment

India Top Recipient of Private Charity; Pakistan Ranks 12th

India tops the list of charity recipients from private foundations while Pakistan is ranked as the 12th largest recipient of philanthropic giving in the world, according to a report released by OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and…

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Added by Riaz Haq on April 11, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Alibaba and Amazon Entry to Accelerate E-Commerce in Pakistan?

Media reports suggest global e-commerce behemoth Amazon.com could purchase substantial stake in Pakistan's e-commerce site  Clicky.pk.  This comes on the heels of a…

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Added by Riaz Haq on April 10, 2018 at 7:31pm — No Comments

The Story of Pakistan's M8 Motorway Construction Amid Baloch Insurgency

Construction on the recently completed 893 kilometer long Gwadar-Ratodero motorway, also known as M8, was started by a Chinese contractor back in early 2004 on former President Pervez Musharraf's watch. The work was soon abandoned when three Chinese engineers were killed by a car bomb during the first week of May, 2004.  In 2003, a year before this incident, Indian intelligence agency RAW had recruited Kulbhushan Jadhav as an undercover agent. He was issued a passport under an assumed name…

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Added by Riaz Haq on April 8, 2018 at 8:02am — 1 Comment

Why is PIA Losing Money Amid Air Travel Boom in Pakistan?

What is behind the domestic and international aviation boom in India and Pakistan? Why is Pakistan doing better than India in terms of international passenger growth while badly lagging in domestic air travel?…

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Added by Riaz Haq on April 7, 2018 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Young Shooting Victims: Malala, Parkland and Sandy Hook

What common experience have Malala Yousufzai and some of the young shooting victims of Parkland and Sandy Hook schools shared? After being at the receiving end of life-threatening shootings, they became targets of the slings and arrows of conspiracy theorists alleging the attacks were staged. Malala acknowledged this fact in her video…

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Added by Riaz Haq on April 3, 2018 at 11:26am — No Comments

Fintech to Expand Financial Inclusion in Pakistan

About 100 million Pakistani adults lacked access to formal and regulated financial services as of 2016, according to a World Bank report on financial inclusion.  Only 2.9% of adults in Pakistan had a debit card, and only 1% of…

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Added by Riaz Haq on April 1, 2018 at 3:50pm — No Comments

India-Pakistan Nuclear Arms Race

Why has Pakistan developed and successfully tested nuclear-capable MIRV (Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicles) and SLCM (Submarine Launched Cruise Missile)? How do these additions to Pakistan's nuclear arsenal enhance its nuclear deterrence against India? Was Pakistan forced into these technologies by India's development of anti-ballistic missiles and nuclear triad? How will India respond to…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 31, 2018 at 4:54pm — 6 Comments

Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Boom in Pakistan's $152 Billion Retail Market

Surging demand for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) in Pakistan is attracting hundreds of millions of dollars of new investments. Expanding middle class, particularly millennials with rising disposable incomes, is demanding branded and packaged consumer goods ranging from personal and baby care items to food and beverage products.  Rapid growth in sales of consumer products and services is driving other…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 27, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

New US NSC Impact on South Asia; US-China Trade War; Afghan Talks Offer

Why were Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor General HR McMaster fired? Why is there so much turnover is US National Security Council and White House staff? How will the selection of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State and John Bolton as National Security Advisor impact policies vis-a-vis Afghanistan, India, …

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 25, 2018 at 8:06am — No Comments

Bumper Crops And Soaring Credit Drive Pakistan's Tractor Sales Boom

First seven months of the current fiscal year have seen tractor sales soar 45% to 38,173 units, according to data of the Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association. It is driven by a combination of soaring credit availability and bumper harvests of Pakistan's top three crops by area: wheat, cotton and rice.…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 24, 2018 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Requesting support for: - DRYLANDS RESTORATION IN PAKISTAN

I teach investments at the Lahore School of Economics and am also the founder of Combating Poverty and Climate Change Foundation (CPCCF), the Accredited Hub in Pakistan of the Savory Institute of USA, one of 11 finalists for the $ 25 million Virgin Earth Prize for whoever develops a safe, credible method on a meaningful scale to remove carbon from the atmosphere in the battle against climate change.



In Pakistan, we at…

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Added by Ahsan Rashid on March 24, 2018 at 2:35am — 2 Comments

In Memory of UC Berkeley's Pakistani-American Professor Saba Mahmood (1962-2018)

Dr. Saba Mahmood, professor of anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, passed away on March 10, 2018.  She was only 56 years old when her life was cut short by pancreatic cancer.  She is survived by her husband Professor Charles Hirschkind and son Nameer Hirschkind. Born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1962, she came to the United States in 1981. She received her PhD in anthropology…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 19, 2018 at 11:02am — 3 Comments

World Happiness Report 2018: Pakistan Jumps 5 Places to 75 Among 156 Nations

Pakistanis are happier than all of their neighbors, according to the World Happiness Report 2018. Pakistan rose from 80th place in 2017 to 75th place this year while all of its neighbors slid from last year's happiness rankings.

Comparison With Neighbors:

Bangladesh dropped 5 spots to 115 while India slid 11 places to 133 among 156 nations…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 14, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Globalization Index: How Connected is Pakistan?

Pakistan ranks 32nd in breadth and 99th overall among 140 countries in terms of globalization, according to DHL Global Connectedness Index compiled by professors at NYU Stern School of Business and IESE Business School. Pakistan ranks 137 on…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 13, 2018 at 10:42am — No Comments

BTW New Arrivals Are All About Giving You Vibrant and Trendy Look

Beautiful women should always wear beautiful dresses. BTW are what women should always wear. What a waste if a woman wears just shalwar kameez all the time, agree? You cannot choose a rich dad, but you can choose a beautiful dress from BTW to wear. BTW brings you a newly added collection of just-arrived new dresses. This new collection focuses on vibrant, printed Eastern Shirts, casual, high casual, semi formals and bottoms for this year’s spring and summer season.

 

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Added by Aisha Imran on March 12, 2018 at 6:02am — No Comments

Rise of Islam in Arabian Peninsula

Arab-Israel Conflict - Part-1

Rise of Islam in Arabian Peninsula

By Ehtesham Anwar

The successful unification of the Arabian Peninsula under Islam by the first Caliph, Hazrat Abu Bakr…

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Added by Ehtesham Anwar on March 10, 2018 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Is Pakistan's Global Diplomacy Working?

Diplomacy underlies all ties between nations. Diplomatic relations form the basis of travel, trade and investment between countries. The probability of armed conflict increases in the absence of diplomacy. In light of the recent failure to keep Pakistan off the terror financing watch list, the following question is being asked by political commentators and pundits: Is Pakistan's diplomacy…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 5, 2018 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

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    Pakistan Daal Consumption Declines Sharply As Meat Consumption Rises

    Pakistan's per capita daal (pulse) consumption has sharply declined to about 7 kg/person from about 15 Kg/person in 2000, according to data released by Food and Agriculture Organization and reported in Pakistani media. Meat has replaced it as the main source of protein with per capita meat consumption reipling from 11.7 kg in 2000 to 32 kg in 2016. It is projected to rise to 47 kg by 2020, according to a paper published in…

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    Posted by Riaz Haq on April 18, 2018 at 10:40pm

    Washington-Based Baloch Activist "Let Down" by "India's RAW"

    Ahmar Mustikhan, a pro-insurgency Baloch activist based in Washington D.C., has released a video recorded in Urdu in which he has lambasted Indian intelligence agency RAW for letting him down.  Mustikhan has been part of Indian sponsored media campaign to attack Pakistan in the United States. He has collaborated with Tarek Fatah known for his advocacy for …

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    Posted by Riaz Haq on April 17, 2018 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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