July 2016 Blog Posts (9)

Pakistan Translates GDP Growth to Citizens' Welfare Better Than India

Pakistan does better than India and China in translating GDP growth to citizens' well-being, according to a 2016 Boston Consulting Group (BCG) report titled "From Wealth to Well Being".

One particular metric BCG uses is growth-to-well-being coefficient on which Pakistan scores 0.87, higher than India's 0.77 and China's 0.75. Among South Asian nations, Bangladesh scores much higher at 1.03. The top ten countries in… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on July 31, 2016 at 11:20am — 1 Comment

India-Occupied Kashmir Uprising; Azad Kashmir Polls; RNC Convention; Qandeel Baloch

Why are Kashmir’s young men and women in Indian-Occupied Kashmir (IOK) leading a massive uprising against Indian occupation of their land? Is Pakistan inciting them? Can this new generation of tech-savvy freedom-fighters be suppressed by 700,000 Indian soldiers deployed in IOK making it the world’s most heavily militarized occupation? Will Modi’s India finally listen to the voices of reason from within India to deal with the… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on July 25, 2016 at 10:14pm — 11 Comments

Pakistan Experiencing Strong Growth in Energy Consumption

Pakistan's energy consumption grew by 5.7% in 2015, faster than the 5.2% increase in neighboring India that claims significantly faster GDP growth. Primary energy consumption growth in a country is often seen as a strong indicator of its GDP growth. Ever since the advent of the industrial age, energy has become increasingly important as a driver of farms, factories, communication, transportation,…


Added by Riaz Haq on July 24, 2016 at 11:42pm — 52 Comments

Qandeel Baloch: Leading Social Revolution in Pakistan

Could Qandeel Baloch, also known as Pakistan's Kim Kardashian, even be imagined in conservative Pakistan just a few years ago? Doesn't the fact that she existed is in itself a sign of a social revolution sweeping Pakistan today?

Tragic honor killing of Pakistani social media phenomenon Qandeel Baloch by her own brother in the city of Multan in highly conservative Seraiki region has received…


Added by Riaz Haq on July 18, 2016 at 7:46pm — 13 Comments

Obituary: In Memory of My Loving Mother Rafiqa Khatoon (1922-2016)

My sister and I and our families bid a tearful goodbye to my loving mother Rafiqa Khatoon (1922-2016) yesterday,  July 11, 2016. Our extended family and many of our friends joined us for her funeral service at the Islamic Society of East Bay and later burial at Five Pillars Muslim Cemetery.…


Added by Riaz Haq on July 12, 2016 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Edhi Understood Huqooq-ul-Ibad (Human Rights)

Who was Maulana Abdus Sattar Edhi? What did he do that was so extraordinary for Pakistan and humanity? How do Pakistanis and the world see his life and legacy? How did Edhi show the world the real meaning Huqooq-ul-Ibad (human rights) in Islam? How best can the Pakistani people, politicians, bureaucrats, generals, and religious leaders keep alive the memory of Edhi?…


Added by Riaz Haq on July 9, 2016 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

International Risk Consulting Firm Sees Politically Stable Pakistan

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will survive Opposition's political challenges emanating from the Panama Leaks corruption allegations, according to an analysis by Eurasia Group, an international political risk consultancy that bills itself as "the world's largest political risk consultancy".…


Added by Riaz Haq on July 7, 2016 at 9:42pm — 8 Comments

Foreign Companies Buying Pakistani Firms to Profit From Growth

Two multinational giants acquired 2 Pakistani companies in just the last week alone as part of their growth strategy to establish presence in Pakistan.

Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina acquired 51 % of Karachi-based Engro Foods Limited, the second largest dairy producer in Pakistan. In the same week, Turkey's Arcelik announced purchase of Dawlance, Pakistan's market-leading home…


Added by Riaz Haq on July 4, 2016 at 8:00pm — 17 Comments

Terror in Bangladesh & Turkey; India’s Curry & Dal Crises; Pakistani Mangoes in America

Who terrorized Dhaka and Istanbul? Why were these cities targeted by terrorists? Is terror spreading farther and wider after recent foreign military interventions to check ISIS in Syria? Have mistakes by Muslim nations' governments contributed to the growing wave of terror? Can military force alone end it? If not, what else needs to be done? What kind of comprehensive strategy is needed?…


Added by Riaz Haq on July 3, 2016 at 7:00am — 23 Comments

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    Nawaz Sharif's Anti-Military Rhetoric; Moeed Yusuf on Indian Sponsored Terror in Pakistan

    Former Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif has alleged that the Pakistan Army Chief and the ISI leader orchestrated his conviction on corruption charges and his subsequent ouster. In a clear departure from prior allegations against "the establishment", Mr. Sharif has named names of the chiefs of the Army and the ISI in his anti-military address over the telephone from London to a joint opposition rally in Gujranwala. Where does he go from here? Is he following in the footsteps of MQM founder…


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    Ex Treasury Sec Summers: US Would Have Saved $10 Trillion If We Handled COVID Pandemic Like Pakistan

    Speaking with Fareed Zakaria on US cable news network CNN, former US Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers told Zakaria's audience that "if the US had handled the pandemic as well as Pakistan,  we would have saved around $10 trillion ". 

    Ex US Treasury…

    Posted by Riaz Haq on October 18, 2020 at 9:00am

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