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July 2015 Blog Posts (8)

Pakistan FWO Completes Building Over Half of CPEC Western Route

“The Frontier Works Organization (FWO) has built roads with 502 kilometers length on the western alignment of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to link Gwadar with other parts of the country. The FWO took up the challenge to extend the benefits of Gwadar port to rest of the country by building roads in rugged mountainous terrain and highly inaccessible areas. The gigantic task was undertaken on the directives of Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif."…

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Added by Riaz Haq on July 31, 2015 at 9:30pm — 42 Comments

Pakistan's Powerful Surveillance System Aids Fight Against Terrorism

Pakistan is building digital surveillance capacity to rival America's NSA with broad public support in the country, according to a report by London-based Privacy International.

"Attacks against civilian targets in Pakistan’s cities have also fed popular support for communications surveillance and other efforts to register and monitor the civilian population,…

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Added by Riaz Haq on July 29, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

College Enrollment and Graduation Rates in Pakistan

There are over 3 million students enrolled in grades 13 through 16 in Pakistan's 1,086 degree colleges and 161 universities, according to Pakistan Higher Education Commission report for 2013-14.  The 3 million enrollment is 15% of the 20 million Pakistanis in the eligible age group of 18-24 years.  In addition, there are over 255,000 Pakistanis enrolled in vocational training schools,…

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Added by Riaz Haq on July 23, 2015 at 11:00am — 15 Comments

Is Climate Change Rapidly Shrinking Pakistan's Glaciers?

A recent headline in Pakistan's Express Tribune newspaper declared: "Pakistan's glaciers melting faster than rest of the world". A few days later, I heard an ex-Met Department officer in Pakistan repeat the same alarm on a Geo TV show "Capital Talk" anchored by Hamid Mir. Are these people right?

Recognizing it's too important an issue to let go, I decided to look into the…

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Added by Riaz Haq on July 20, 2015 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

A Look at Pakistani-Americans On Eid-ul-Fitr

Eid-ul-Fitr celebration this year marked the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with many large prayer congregations across America. Muslims wore colorful outfits.   There were servings of traditional foods and deserts in outdoor melas (fairs) for Muslim families and their friends in all major cities of the United States. Most celebrated on Friday while others waited till Saturday.…

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Added by Riaz Haq on July 19, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

Pakistan's Growing Population: Challenge or Opportunity?

“So where will the children of the future come from? Increasingly they will come from people who are at odds with the modern world. Such a trend, if sustained, could drive human culture off its current market-driven, individualistic, modernist course, gradually creating an anti-market culture dominated by fundamentalism - a new dark ages.” ― Philip Longman, …

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Added by Riaz Haq on July 11, 2015 at 9:30pm — 27 Comments

Riaz Haq's Ramzan Sermon on Interfaith Relations

"Those who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve" Quran 2:62 (Translation by Yusuf Ali)

"There is no compulsion in religion" Quran 2:256 (Translated by Shakir)

"Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion." Quran 109:1 (Translation by…

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Added by Riaz Haq on July 10, 2015 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Ex RAW Chief on MQM-MI6 Links & Kashmir; PTI's "35 Punctures" Claim; Greek Drama in Pakistan?

Does second leaked Scotland Yard document confirm MQM-RAW money link? Is Altaf Husain being hosted in London by MI6, the British intelligence? Why?…



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Added by Riaz Haq on July 5, 2015 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

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    Pakistan's Insatiable Appetite For Energy

    Pakistan's consumption of oil and gas has rapidly grown over the last 5 years, an indication of the nation's accelerating economic growth. Pakistan is among the fastest growing LNG markets, according to …

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    Posted by Riaz Haq on November 15, 2018 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

    Pakistan's Scientific Output Doubles in 5 Years

    Pakistan's quality-adjusted scientific output (Weighted Functional Count) as reported in Nature Index has doubled from 18.03 in 2013 to 37.28 in 2017. Pakistan's global ranking has improved from 53 in 2013 to 40 in 2017. In the same period, India's WFC has increased from 850.97 in 2013 to 935.44 in 2017. India's global ranking has improved from 13 in…

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    Posted by Riaz Haq on November 12, 2018 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

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