there is no doubt that Pakistan is doing well with foreign policy the same cannot be said for governance, economic and political stability. The Prime Minister seems to understand the plight of the people as they face inflation and food insecurity but the problem is that the road to fiscal stabilization is studded with economic hardship at least through 2020
2020 is going to be a difficult and complex year because dangers lurk. India is reeling internally from Modi’s actions to change citizenship rules. Kashmir is in lockdown for over six months with unspeakable atrocities being committed by India’s security forces.
The unprecedented hikes in interest rates, devaluation and ongoing additional surcharges have unleashed a spike in inflation that has severely eroded the purchasing power of the people, and led to the loss of employment opportunities. The dream of generating millions of jobs transitioned into a reality of rampant job losses.
Cinemas or movie theaters that are traditionally associated with pure entertainment and leisure, can play a huge role in reforming a society and imparting knowledge to the masses. A strong initiative is needed on a countrywide scale to realize the positive impact of cinemas as a tool for education and social reform
Unnecessary controversies and legal issues have been created and the government has become embroiled in judicial battles, which could have been easily avoided. The much-criticized Circular Debt has raised its ugly head yet again and at Rs.1.69 Trillion is posing a considerable threat
No amount of distraction can hide the figures that indicate India’s economic state. Growth is averaging 5% and projected to go lower. The policies that were to deliver failed miserably. People are still reeling from the impact of the disastrous demonetization policy and the consumer tax fiasco.
The so-called facilities created for journalists are a farce and a mockery of the international media. The only news is government announcements that are obviously far from the truth and the grim reality that is IOK today
Pakistan has had its share of issues but it is coping with them. The judiciary raised several questions concerning the extension given the Chief of Army Staff while considering a petition. There were never two thoughts on the reappointment for another tenure. The Court wanted the matter properly regulated through legislation that would decide modalities, remuneration, tenure, extension and reappointment. The Government is busy trying to do what the Court has ordered it to do. It is an uphill task because of the political environment and the acrimony that surfaces in Parliamentary discussions. The end result should clarify the whole issue once for all.
Pakistan while siding with the US never compromised on its own security and national interests. The US did not understand this reluctance and also never took seriously the Pakistani view that the uncertainty created by US policy in Afghanistan was the main reason for Pakistan’s concerns
Women from urban and more developed areas Pakistan are quite open to the idea of being liberalized and empowered, as compared to women from rural and less developed regions of the country. This difference was also observed during the recently held “Aurat March” under the banner of Aurat Foundation. Interestingly, both of these women empowering projects have the same funding source