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Pakistan Energy Supply Fails to Keep Pace With Growing Access

Pakistan has made remarkable progress in electrification of its towns and villages both in absolute terms and as percentage of population over the past two decades, according to a recently-released report titled "Global Tracking Framework" issued jointly by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency. This report at least partly explains the dramatic increase in demand-supply gap and consequent increase in…


Added by Riaz Haq on June 10, 2013 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Karachi Slum Girl Goes to Harvard Business School

Anum Fatima, a resident of Ibrahim Goth slum located near Karachi's Steel Town, is making history; she is going to Harvard  Business School this summer as part of a student exchange program.

Anum's father is employed as a driver and her mother works as a maid. The slum school she attended is run by The Citizen's Foundation (TCF), a private foundation. From 5 schools in Karachi in 1995, TCF has expanded to 910 purpose-built schools with 126,000…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 29, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

PTI Chief Imran Khan vs MQM's Altaf Husain

What is the reason for Imran Khan's selective and misplaced outrage against MQM on Zahra Shahid Husain's murder while ignoring the Taliban killings of ANP and MQM members?

Why is the PTI continuing its sit-in campaign against alleged rigging?

How to explain…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 26, 2013 at 10:03pm — 7 Comments

Strategic Pak-China Economic Corridor, Connectivity and Maritime Cooperation

China's new Prime Minister Mr. Li KeQiang has just ended a two-day visit to Pakistan. Speaking to the Senate, Li declared that "the development of China cannot be separated from the friendship with Pakistan". To make it more concrete, the Chinese Premier brought with him a 5-points proposal which emphasizes "strategic and long-term planning", "connectivity and maritime sectors" and "China-Pakistan economic…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 23, 2013 at 11:30am — 19 Comments

Out-of-School Children in Pakistan

A recent Express Tribune newspaper headline screamed: "Over 27 million children out of school" It included the following graphic that looks even more scary:…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 22, 2013 at 8:42am — 2 Comments

Comparing 30 Years of Military Rule in Indonesia and Pakistan

General Suharto stepped down 15 years ago tomorrow. Here's an excerpt of today's New York Times story on the Indonesian strongman's legacy:

"Mr. Suharto’s spirit continues to loom over modern-day Indonesia. He brought the country back from the brink of political, social and economic…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 20, 2013 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Pakistan Tax Collection Project Suffers Setback

In yet another egregious example of  increasing judicial activism, Islamabad High Court's Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, the judge who also ordered Musharraf's arrest, has suspended Pakistan's top tax collector Arshad Hakeem. Hakeem was working on an ambitious technology-based project to go after powerful tax dodgers in the country.…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 6, 2013 at 10:51am — 1 Comment

Political Campaign Spending Fattens Pakistani Media Bottomline

Fear of violence has reduced the number of traditional mass rallies this year, particularly in  Balochistan, KP and Sindh provinces of Pakistan. Instead, the political parties and candidates are increasingly relying on electronic and social media to reach out to voters in preparation for May 11 general elections in the country.…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 3, 2013 at 10:45pm — 13 Comments

Heli Skiing in Pakistan

The Karakoram is home to the highest concentration of peaks over 8,000 meters high to be found anywhere on earth, including K2, the second highest peak of the world (8,611 m/28,251 ft). K2 is just 237 m (778 ft) lower than the 8,848 m (29,029 ft) tall Mount Everest. The range is about 500 km (311 mi) in length, and is the most heavily glaciated part of the world outside the polar regions.…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 19, 2013 at 8:57am — No Comments

Book Review: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

It's a story of a sickly little village boy's rise in Pakistan from abject rural poverty to great urban wealth as a young man who falls in love with "the pretty girl", an equally ambitious fellow slum-dweller in the city. …


Added by Riaz Haq on April 14, 2013 at 4:00pm — 10 Comments

Pakistan Fashion Week 2013 in Karachi

Two-day Pakistan Fashion Week 2013 held April 9 and 10 in Karachi  is yet another illustration of the fact that life goes on in Pakistan in spite of the terror and violence that makes daily headlines. It's a testament to… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on April 11, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Pakistan Elections 2013: Impact of Youth Vote and Taliban

There are reports of Taliban targeting candidates of ANP, MQM, PPP and other political parties in the country, including in Karachi, the economic hub of the nation. There's also talk of millions of new young men and women voters who may tip the balance in PTI's favor if they do turn out to vote. Who will be the winners and losers in the coming elections? Watch the show to find out!…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 8, 2013 at 11:24am — 14 Comments

World Health Day 2013: Pakistan Report Card

Years of life lost due to violence have more than doubled (up 109%) in Pakistan since 1990. Violence now ranks 20 among various causes of premature death, up from 34 in 1990. Other major killer diseases which claimed more lives include lifestyle diseases like heart disease (up 103%), cirrhosis (105% up) and diabetes (up 157%).  Overall, age-adjusted death rate in the country has declined from 1,120 per 100,000 in 1990 to 982 per 100,000 now, according to…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 7, 2013 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Pakistan's Urban Middle Class's Appetite For International Brand Name Products

Consumer spending in Pakistan has increased at a 26 percent average pace the past three years, compared with 7.7 percent for Asia, according to data compiled by Euromonitor International, a consumer research firm. Pakistan's rising middle class consumers  in major cities like Karachi,…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 3, 2013 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Pakistan's Human Development in Musharraf Years- Highest in Pakistan's History

Pakistan's HDI grew an average rate of 2.7% per year under President Musharraf from 2000 to 2007, and then its pace slowed to 0.7% per year in 2008 to 2012 under elected politicians, according to the 2013 Human Development Report titled “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World”.…


Added by Riaz Haq on March 31, 2013 at 6:30pm — 21 Comments

Pakistan Day 2013

As Pakistanis celebrate Pakistan Day today, March 23, 2013,  there are some who are questioning the founder's

wisdom in seeking partition of India to carve out Pakistan as an

independent nation.  They do not recognize today's Pakistan as Jinnah's Pakistan. The doubters justifiably point to the…


Added by Riaz Haq on March 23, 2013 at 10:00am — 13 Comments

Turkish Invasion Intensifies Culture War in Pakistan

Cultural invasion of Pakistan is in full swing with Turkish schools and soap operas finding broad acceptance across the country. Local TV channels are airing soap operas dubbed in Urdu and Gülen movement is operating over a dozen schools in different parts of the country.…


Added by Riaz Haq on March 21, 2013 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

Learntive: Education Initiative of NEDUET's Silicon Valley Alumni

DVDs and YouTube videos are at the heart of Learntive, a Silicon Valley NEDians' initiative to promote better learning among school students in Pakistan.…


Added by Riaz Haq on March 16, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

World Health Study Shows Pakistan Doing Better Than India

Pakistan ranks in the middle among 15 similar countries compared by the

Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010).  Other countries in this group include India, Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Laos,…

Added by Riaz Haq on March 10, 2013 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Pakistan Ranks Among World's Top Outsourcing Destination Countries

Pakistan ranks number 3, after US (#1) and India (#2), in terms of freelancers doing outsourced IT work on contract. Bangladesh ranks fourth, according to data from four biggest online outsourcing sites:,,, and…


Added by Riaz Haq on March 7, 2013 at 10:19am — 7 Comments

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    Dr. Asad Qamar, a graduate of Lahore's King Edwards Medical College, received $18.2 million in payments from US Medicare program in 2012, making him the second highest billing doctor in America. Dr. Qamar is a member of APPNA, Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent in North America. He was a candidate for the presidency of APPNA in… Continue

    Posted by Riaz Haq on April 11, 2014 at 10:37am

    Pakistan's Umar Saif in Silicon Valley

    Umar Saif was invited by Organization of Pakistani-American Entrepreneurs (OPEN) to an event yesterday at the Palo Alto offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman Law Firm  in Silicon Valley to talk about the state of technology in Pakistan. The event was appropriately titled: "Presenting Umar-The Force Behind Plan 09- Pakistan's Leading Incubator For… Continue

    Posted by Riaz Haq on April 8, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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