October 2016 Blog Posts (14)

Husain Haqqani vs Riaz Haq on India-Pakistan Ties

Ex Ambassador of Pakistan Mr. Husain Haqqani was interviewed on October 22, 2016 by Talk4Pak team's host Faraz Darvesh on his views on India-Pakistan relations.

This week,  regular… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 31, 2016 at 8:30am — 19 Comments

Smartphones to Close Digital Divide in Pakistan

Mobile broadband (3G/4G) subscriptions in Pakistan crossed 34 million in September 2016, according to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.  This figure includes 3.5 million subscriptions of higher bandwidth 4G/LTE offered by China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak aka Zong) and Warid.



Added by Riaz Haq on October 22, 2016 at 11:50am — 22 Comments

Why is Modi Sponsoring Terror in Pakistan?

There is substantial direct and indirect evidence now emerging that shows India is a state sponsor of terrorism in Pakistan.

On the one hand, the Modi government is funding the Teheek--e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), various Baloch insurgent groups, MQM militants and other groups to terrorize Pakistanis. On the other hand, it is accusing Pakistani government of sponsoring terror in Kashmir and demanding action against Kashmiri support groups headed by Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar. It… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 20, 2016 at 10:21am — 8 Comments

Pakistanis Have Greater Empathy Than Neighbors

A Michigan State University (MSU) study of 63 countries finds that Pakistanis have higher empathy for others than people in their neighboring countries. It also finds that the United States is among the most empathetic nations in the world.

Empathy Study:



Added by Riaz Haq on October 16, 2016 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Is India's Modi Succeeding in Isolating Pakistan?

Has India succeeded in framing the Kashmir issue as "Cross-border terrorism" rather than a genuine grass-roots freedom struggle of Kashmiri people?…


Added by Riaz Haq on October 16, 2016 at 1:30pm — 12 Comments

Investors Ignore Modi's Threats & Drive Pakistan Shares to New High

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's threats of war and Pakistan's isolation have failed to deter investors as KSE-100 index made new highs this week.  The key index of Pakistani shares closed at an all time high level of 41,412.04 points this week. Pakistan shares index has continued to outperform all regional and emerging market indices over the last 5 years.



Added by Riaz Haq on October 14, 2016 at 5:01pm — 8 Comments

RAW Planted Stories in Indian Media

Last year, India's ex foreign secretary Sujata Singh bitterly complained about negative stories "planted in the media" by the Modi government to "tarnish" her reputation as part of the campaign to force her resignation. "The commentary that I have seen over the past two days has pained me deeply. I believe it was not necessary to get low and dirty," she said, according to India's …


Added by Riaz Haq on October 10, 2016 at 10:00pm — 12 Comments

Overseas Pakistanis Sent Home $20.5 Billion in 2016

Overseas Pakistanis sent home $20.5 billion in remittances in 2016, an increase of 5.1% over 2015, according to the World Bank. Pakistan's remittances are 7.5% of its 2015 GDP of $270 billion.

Pakistan's Declining Exports:

The increase in remittances from …


Added by Riaz Haq on October 8, 2016 at 8:24pm — 1 Comment

CPEC to Add 2.5 Million Jobs, Boost Pak GDP Growth to 7.5%

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is expected to add over 2 million direct and indirect jobs to Pakistan's economy and boost the country's GDP growth rate to 7.5%.

Jobs & Economic Growth in Pakistan: 

US-based consulting firm Deloitte and Touche estimates that… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 7, 2016 at 11:00pm — 30 Comments

US Domestic Violence Claims Twice More Lives Than Pakistan Honor Killings

In 2013, 869 women became victims of “honor killings” in Pakistan, according to Canadian Professor Judy Haiven. Compare this to the United States, where 1600 women were killed by their male partners or husbands in the same year, according to …


Added by Riaz Haq on October 7, 2016 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

What Do Trump and Modi Have in Common?

Why is the Hindu Right excited about the Trump candidacy? Why are they openly supporting Trump for President? What do Trump and Hindu Nationalists have in common? Let's explore answers to these questions.…


Added by Riaz Haq on October 5, 2016 at 9:30pm — 16 Comments

Rise of Gated Communities in Pakistan

Real estate developers have so far built over 250 gated communities across Pakistan in response to rising demand from upwardly mobile Pakistanis.…


Added by Riaz Haq on October 3, 2016 at 8:29pm — 28 Comments

What If There's India-Pakistan Nuclear War?

Did India really carry out what it claims were “surgical Strikes” across the line of control in Azad Kashmir?…


Added by Riaz Haq on October 3, 2016 at 8:14am — 5 Comments

Shanghai Stock Exchange to Buy 40% Stake in Pakistan Stock Exhange

The Shanghai Stock Exchange has submitted a letter of intent to buy up to 40% stake in the Pakistan Stock Exchange, according to  report in The Nikkei Asian Review.  The Shanghai Stock Exchange has the world's fourth largest market cap. The possible Pakistan tie-up could encourage Chinese companies to expand into the South Asian country and perhaps even list on the PSX.

In August this year, …


Added by Riaz Haq on October 2, 2016 at 8:55pm — 7 Comments

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