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Missing — women in national security

The words of distinguished feminist international relations theorist, Ann Tickner, in 1998, “International relations is a man’s world, a world of power and conflict in which warfare is a privileged activity”; is convincing even today. Majority of experts in Pakistan do not look at warfare issues with the gender lens. …

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Pneumonia continues to kill thousands in Pakistan

On Global Pneumonia Day, some of the leading paediatricians in the country have lamented that despite the availability of free vaccination services, thousands of children under the age of five continue to die because of the disease. Pakistan is among the top five countries in the world which accounts for …

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Water woes force farmers to grow fodder, lose lands to urbanisation

Budho Baghal, an octogenarian farmer from the village Fazal Baghal, located near Hyderabad city, wonders why farmers are cultivating maize as fodder when they should be growing food crops like grains and vegetables. “We still have fertile lands, which can produce crops like wheat, pearl millet, sorghum, mustard, other oil …

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Tackle climate change head-on

GERMAN watch, a German think-tank advocating for the prevention of dangerous climate change, has launched its latest Global Climate Risk Index 2018 ranking Pakistan seventh most vulnerable country to climate change. Pakistan is getting recurrently affected from extreme weather events both in the short-term and long-term index. The floods of …

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Women and wages in Pakistan

Women around the globe earn less than men. The global gender pay gap comes to about 22.9 percent, meaning that on average, women earn 77.1 percent of what men earn. The cascading affects of this situation reflects the situation in developing countries like Pakistan. Economic inequality is one of the …

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Daunting environmental challenges

A thick blanket of smog is currently engulfing most of the Punjab province in Pakistan. This persistent smog has significantly reduced the visibility which is now badly affecting the road and air communication systems in the province. So far, dozens of people have died in a number of smog-related road …

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