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September 2016 Blog Posts (15)

ADB Increases Pakistan Growth Forecast Amid India's War Talk

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has raised Pakistan's economic growth forecast for fiscal year 2017 (from July 2016 to June 2017) from 4.8% to 5.2%. The Bank also sees brighter outlook for the the entire South Asian region. However, the prospects of even a limited India-Pakistan war could derail the economies of the entire South Asia region. I hope that sanity will prevail in New Delhi to tone down its …


Added by Riaz Haq on September 29, 2016 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Can India "Punish" Pakistan After Uri?

Can India’s changing claims on Uri attack withstand close scrutiny by independent observers, media and analysts?

Why is India unwilling to accept UN-led mission to investigate the causes of the Intifada and Indian military’s human rights abuses in Kashmir?…


Added by Riaz Haq on September 25, 2016 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Bollywood Needs Pakistan Market to Grow Sales

Amid the Hindu Nationalists calls for sending Pakistani actors home, what is being overlooked is the fact that Bollywood needs Pakistan more than Pakistan needs Bollywood.  Why? Let me explain.

Pakistan is Bollywood's second biggest foreign market. Last year, Pakistan's box office…


Added by Riaz Haq on September 25, 2016 at 8:54pm — 10 Comments

Does Trump Know India, not Mexico, is the Biggest Source of Illegals?

Does Donald Trump, the anti-immigration Republican presidential candidate, know that India is now the biggest source of illegal immigrants entering the United States?…


Added by Riaz Haq on September 23, 2016 at 8:02pm — 8 Comments

Is Pakistan Ready For War With India?

Are Pakistanis willing to fight for their country if attacked by India? To answer this question, let's look at a 2015 survey by WIN/Gallup International that asked people in 64 countries if they would be willing to fight for their country.

Pakistan's Willingness to Fight: 

The Gallup survey… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on September 22, 2016 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Calls For End to India's Brutal Military Occupation of Kashmir

"A new generation of Kashmiris has risen spontaneously against India's illegal occupation - demanding freedom from occupation. Burhan Wani, the young leader murdered by Indian forces, has emerged as the symbol of the latest Kashmiri Intifada, a popular and peaceful freedom movement, led by Kashmiris, young and old, men and women, armed only with an undying faith in the legitimacy of their cause, and a hunger for freedom in their hearts."  Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz…

Added by Riaz Haq on September 21, 2016 at 9:14pm — 4 Comments

700,000 Indian Soldiers Versus 10 Million Kashmiris

The essence of Kashmir issue today is not Uri or Pathankot or similar other alleged "militant attacks"; it is India's brutal military occupation force of 700,000 heavily-armed Indian soldiers being resisted by over 10 million Kashmiris. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar.

Armed Forces Special Powers Act:
India rules Kashmir using Armed Forces Special Powers Act, the same law that was created and used by the British colonial power to try and crush Gandhi's…

Added by Riaz Haq on September 21, 2016 at 11:30am — 28 Comments

Pakistan Beats BRICs in Percentage of Highly Cited Research Papers

Pakistan has emerged as the country with the highest percentage of Highly Cited Papers compared with the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) in the last 10 years, according to Thomson Reuters. Pakistan has doe so despite the fact that its "R&D environment faced substantial economic challenges".…


Added by Riaz Haq on September 17, 2016 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Pakistan's Growing Middle Class Drives Motorcycle Sales Boom

Pakistan's fiscal year 2015-16 saw production of motorcycles soar to a new high of over 2 million units. This represents a 16.5% surge from last year.  At the same time, passenger cars and light trucks sales rose to over 200,000 in fiscal 2016, a 20% jump over the same period last year.…


Added by Riaz Haq on September 15, 2016 at 12:00pm — 27 Comments

Kashmir: What is India Hiding From UN Human Rights Team?

“Efforts to duck or refuse legitimate scrutiny raise an obvious question: What, precisely, are you hiding from us?....States may shut my office out, but they will not shut us up. Neither will they blind us.”   Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the high commissioner for human rights at the United Nations, to India, as quoted by New…


Added by Riaz Haq on September 14, 2016 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Pakistan's Eid ul Azha Economy Worth $3.5 Billion

Pakistanis are spending about $3.5 billion on Eid ul Azha this year, according to analysts. This includes $2.8 billion worth of livestock and another $700 million on clothes,  shoes, jewelry and various services. This amount represent a huge transfer of wealth from…


Added by Riaz Haq on September 13, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Who Won the India-Pakistan War of 1965?

How did Gurdaspur, an overwhelming Muslim majority district of Punjab, end up in India?

What was its significance for Kashmir? What role did Nehru and Abdullah play in Kashmir prior to the war of 1965?…


Added by Riaz Haq on September 11, 2016 at 8:07am — 3 Comments

Post-911 Story of New York's Little Pakistan

Little Pakistan, a tiny community of Pakistani immigrants located just a few miles away from the World Trade Center, drew a lot of negative attention when the twin towers came crashing down in September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

The tragic events of 911 sparked a wave of …


Added by Riaz Haq on September 10, 2016 at 6:02pm — 8 Comments

NED UET Alumni Convention 2016 in Houston, Texas

This year's annual convention of alumni of Karachi's NED University of Engineering & Technology (NEDUET) held in Houston, Texas over Labor Day weekend drew more than 500 NEDians from all over North America and the rest of the world.

Among others, it was attended by US Congressman Al Green from Texas and the Vice Chancellor of NED…


Added by Riaz Haq on September 9, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Indian Army Chief Maneckshaw on 1971 India-Pakistan War

Talking with Karan Thapar on BBC's Face-to-Face about the 1971 India-Pakistan war, India's Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw said as follows:

"About the 5th day of the (1971) conflict in (East Pakistan)...everything had gone wrong (for India); the (Indian) Navy had lost the Khukri; Our (India) Air Force has lost a lot of aircraft on the ground; my (Indian Army's) advances in… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on September 5, 2016 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

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