Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Some Interesting Fa​cts about Intolerance and Violence in Pakistan

There has been an unending stream of propaganda against Pakistan ever since she decided to go nuclear. She is variously described as a violent country, failed and most dangerous state, hub of terrorism where women are mercilessly abused, etc. etc. Given the repetition, over time, such depictions are bound to make unsuspecting people accept these as facts especially when the media do their best to prevent the true picture from being presented.

The media in Pakistan are complicit, if not the protagonists, in this nefarious game to create alarm abroad and induce despondence at home to make people lose hope and faith in the future. Facts are misrepresented and positive developments ignored to create dissatisfaction, resentment and instability in the country. This is an attempt to clarify a few of the more common negative perceptions that abound both in the media and on the Internet.

To understand a country one has to really know the ethos of its people. This is not always easy for someone who is not a part of the culture. The inability to understand often leads to poor judgement and miscalculation. Just to give one example, an oft repeated joint US National Intelligence Council and CIA report released in 2000 predicted: “by year 2015 Pakistan would be a failed state, ripe with civil war, bloodshed, inter-provincial rivalries and a struggle for control of its nuclear weapons and complete Talibanisation”. 2015 is almost here but the dire prediction seems nowhere near coming true.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Guest Blog: How Pakistan’s political scenario affects the property market

Disclaimer: The views in the following article are of the author alone and doesn't reflects the stance of Critic Magazine's Blog

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has had a positive impact on the real estate sector in Pakistan. The property market experienced a major boom during the third and fourth quarter of 2013, right after the general elections held in May. However, the property market went through a correction phase in the first quarter of 2014, where the prices experienced a slight dip. But, due to the efforts of the government, another real estate boom is expected soon.

A massive inflow of foreign direct investment can be seen in Pakistan. Projects such as the metro bus and train (investment from Turkey), solar project partnerships, deep sea port development (investment from China) and many other projects (investment from European countries and USA) are being developed by the government with the support of other countries. Such projects help to develop an urban infrastructure and hence increase real estate values.