By Shajeel Zaidi Published: September 24, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email An Afghan refugee woman waits with her children to register at the UNHCR office. PHOTO: FILE Policy and governance are most effective when idealism morphs into realism to tackle challenges and go after opportunities in the real world, while also aspiring for utopia. It is in the middle ground between these poles where effective governance happens. Thus, Imran Khan’s announcement that Pakistan would grant citizenship to refugees of Afghan and Bangladeshi origin should be seen in the same vein as his other policy decisions since his victory, many of which he has backtracked on. Atif Mian’s resignation from the Economic Advisory Committee is a case in point. The decision to oust him was a solid one politically, because the far right’s virulent opposition and the political cost associated with that outweighed whatever economic advice Mian could give to the prime minister. In the end, … [Read more...] about Is Pakistan ready to grant citizenship to its Afghan and Bengali refugees?
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By Ismail Dilawar Published 1:09 pm, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Photo: B.K. Bangash / Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 For Washington, a victory by Imran Khan (center) would be an uneasy prospect. He is a critic of the war in Afghanistan and U.S. drone strikes. For Washington, a victory by Imran Khan (center) would be an uneasy prospect. He is a critic of the war in Afghanistan and U.S. drone strikes. Photo: B.K. Bangash / Associated Press Former cricket star Imran Khan woos Pakistan’s turncoat politicians 1 / 1 Back to Gallery KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistan’s politicians are defecting in increasing numbers to the party of opposition leader and former cricket star Imran Khan, a shift that shows his rising influence and prompted allegations he enjoys the support of the … [Read more...] about Former cricket star Imran Khan woos Pakistan’s turncoat politicians
caption A train runs during the groundbreaking ceremony of a high-speed rail development — a Belt and Road project — in China and Thailand. source Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters China is currently undertaking what it considers the largest project of the century – building a network of railroads and shipping lanes linking itself with 70 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The main focuses of the “Belt and Road” initiative – also known as “One Belt, One Road” – are in infrastructure, transportation, and energy. Countries including India, Pakistan, Russia, New Zealand and Poland have all joined in the project. Together they make up at least a third of the world’s GDP. Scroll down to learn more about it. “Belt and Road” is a massive trade and infrastructure project that aims to link China — physically and financially — to dozens of economies across Asia, Europe, Africa, and … [Read more...] about Inside ‘Belt and Road,’ China’s mega-project that is linking 70 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa
Updated 10:33 pm, Friday, May 18, 2018 Photo: Liu Rui, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this undated file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese H-6K bomber patrols the islands and reefs in the South China Sea. The China Daily newspaper reported Saturday, May 19, 2018 that People's Liberation Army Air Force conducted takeoff and landing training with the H-6K bomber in the South China Sea. (Liu Rui/Xinhua via AP, File) less FILE - In this undated file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese H-6K bomber patrols the islands and reefs in the South China Sea. The China Daily newspaper reported Saturday, May 19, 2018 that ... more Photo: Liu Rui, AP China lands bomber on South China Sea island for first time 1 / 1 Back to Gallery BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese air force has landed … [Read more...] about China lands bomber on South China Sea island for first time
By Lizzie WadeApr. 18, 2018 , 3:00 PM AUSTIN—Today, the population of South Asia is divided into dozens of ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups that live side by side—but not always in harmony. A contentious border separates India and Pakistan; political movements draw stark lines between India’s Muslim and Hindu populations. Groups don’t mix much, as people tend to marry those who share their ethnicity and tongue. Now, a study of the first ancient DNA recovered from South Asia shows that populations there mingled repeatedly thousands of years ago. Nearly all of the Indian subcontinent’s ethnic and linguistic groups are the product of three ancient Eurasian populations who met and mixed: local hunter-gatherers, Middle Eastern farmers, and Central Asian herders. Three similar groups also mingled in ancient Europe, giving the two subcontinents surprisingly parallel histories. The study, presented here last week at the meeting of the American Association … [Read more...] about South Asians are descended from a mix of farmers, herders, and hunter-gatherers, ancient DNA reveals