MINISTER Planning Mr Ahsan Iqbal has been busy of late. He has had to deal with those nuisance protesters blocking the road, then play host to the Chinese delegation that flew in for the seventh Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting to finalise the Long Term Plan (LTP) for CPEC. Since it has been difficult to get through to him in the midst of these pressing engagements, I thought I’d share some questions I have about that meeting right here in hopes of an answer.
BETWEEN 2010 and 2015, Pakistan experienced a rain-related flood every monsoon season, yet not much changed in how we responded to this, or even how we discussed successive events. Millions of people were displaced from their homes in each event, with the largest number in 2010 when the NDMA estimated that about 20 million people were affected in all. The number staggers the mind, so much so that most people simply stare at it in bewilderment with little to no idea of how to make sense of it.
THIS is one of my worst nightmares, and it is getting perilously close. Now that the young prince of Saudi Arabia has decided to settle all family business, to borrow a phrase, and his government has formally accused Iran of an “act of war” against his kingdom on account of the missile fired from Yemen intercepted above Riyadh, the tensions that were bubbling beneath the surface are now boiling up.
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Selecting a term
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