militancy

FATA’s Mainstreaming

FATA’s Mainstreaming

Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA) is geographically located between the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Out of the seven agencies of FATA, other than Orakzai, the rest – Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Kurram, North Waziristan and South Waziristan share border with Afghanistan (373 miles-long border). The living conditions in FATA are poor with 60% of […]

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Anatomy of the National Budget

Anatomy of the National Budget

National economy suffers from five perennial ills: deficit; debt; black economy; lack of capacity for capital growth and negative effects of population expansion. Budget 2014-15 makes an attempt to mitigate all five, though in varying degrees. Government presented the budget amid rising unease amongst the general public that past year did not yield the promised […]

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Parameters for TTP-Government Talks

Parameters for TTP-Government Talks

Last week saw some interesting developments: acts of high profile militancy and terrorism were disowned and condemned by the TTP in very strong words indicating a change of mindset; fierce infighting within the TTP cadres indicated its eroding integrity as a single entity; and the government faced stiff political resistance in its pursuit to process […]

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