Role of Judiciary and the Challenges it faces

Courts gain relevance and power in weak or fragmented political systems, where no one institution or class can exert a preeminent hold over the state and political processes. Such has been the case in Pakistan, which has been a prime breeding ground for the judicialization of politics.

Determinants of diplomacy: separating friend from foe

Ambassador Munir Akram is Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. A diplomat for over fifty years, he has a wealth of experience in foreign relations, GVS Managing Editor Najma Minhas spoke to him to understand the compulsions driving Pakistan’s foreign relations for over the past seventy years.

‘Naya Pakistan’ and its cornered tigresses

Society's 'Dunk' or "sting" against women needs to be neutralized. As female participation in the workforce increases, Pakistani society needs to work on the harassment they face outside their homes. Women need enough freedom to work morally, ethically and become able part of society rather than an isolated entity being pushed in a defensive corner now and again, a media anchor argues.

Inclusive Growth: Remedy for Pakistan’s Population Crisis

According to the 1951  census, the Dominion of  Pakistan (both East and West Pakistan) had a population of 75 million population, in which West...

Pakistan’s identity crisis: can it explain itself without India? Aitzaz Ahsan explains

On Pakistan’s 74th birth anniversary, Moeed Pirzada, Editor Global Village Space, sat down with Pakistan’s most prominent legal and constitutional expert, Aitzaz Ahsan, to revisit his provocative work, “Indus Saga and the Making of Pakistan” – that first appeared in 1996. Constitutionalist cum historian remembered the painful identity crisis his generation faced when confronted by the world with the question, “Who are you? And Why Pakistan?”. And he explains why Pakistan, inheritor of Indus civilization, was never part of the Gangetic plains of Hindustan that constitute modern India.

Inequality in the quality of elections and governance

For Karl Marx (1818-1883) the major cause of poverty is inequality or uneven distribution of wealth and income. Applying his thoughts in the political...

Why is Kashmir etched into Pakistan’s psyche?

Will India open the doors of riches and opulence for Pakistan if we drop Kashmir from our rhetoric? President AJK Sardar Masood Khan argues that those who believe this are living in an illusion. Kashmir or no Kashmir, India will not discard that agenda. He explains why Kashmir is an undeniable part of Pakistan's psyche.

Urea exports: Massive opportunity for the economy of Pakistan

There is a need to recognize that locally manufactured urea can become one of the top exports of Pakistan without any additional investments by the industry, which can be an essential component for the government’s Vision 2025 which seeks to elevate Pakistan’s position from a lower middle income to an upper-middle income country by pursuing an ambitious, export-led growth strategy.

Internet Voting: Opportunities and Challenges for Pakistan

Former secretary ECP is skeptical of the government's initiative to introduce internet voting to get the Pakistani diaspora involved in the country's elections. He argues the initiative comes with serious challenges of lack of accountability and transparency that even most developed nations have failed to overcome. He cautions the government to be judicious in using electoral technologies without an in-depth analysis and feasibility studies considering the socio, economic and cultural environment of the country.

Central Trade Corridor: Envisioning integration and connectivity

Local road networks play an essential role in developing the economy by improving its macroeconomic indicators. Thus, under its local and regional integrative framework, the ongoing CTC project strives to create a win-win situation through constructing a robust within and cross border infrastructure, boosting trade flows, and alleviating the misery of the people living in the scourge of war and devastation. FWO has been a flag-bearer in development of Central Trade Corridor (CTC) by linking Indus Highway with Afghanistan at Angoor Adda and Ghulam Khan. They have constructed 557 km of roads, 40 bridges, and 2 tunnels. Access to Afghanistan through Central Trade Corridor is 100 km shorter than the traditional trade route through Khyber Pass.

Empowering Pakistan’s youth: PM’s YES Scheme

Now that most of the country's major banks have said yes to "YES," the program initiated by PM Imran Khan, it will be a positive incentive for the youth and those with ideas to start their businesses, which by extension could become significant contributors to Pakistan's economic growth and development.

Communist Party China: Taking 700m Chinese out of Poverty

President Xi Jinping, on 25 February 2021, announced the end of absolute poverty in China. The Communist Party of China was a significant factor in China’s economic prosperity since, due to its long-term, strategic policy-making, it managed a miraculous feat by taking 770 million people out of poverty.