Monthly Archives: June 2004

Anatomy of numbers

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

The population factor has become quite an enigma in Pakistan. Given the widespread realization that the population growth rate of a country is closely related to its economic prosperity, social advancement and political stability, the government has been inclined to project a rosy demographic picture.

Unsurprisingly, this leads to many contradictions as various government functionaries are at times talking at cross purposes. Take the case of the newly-installed chief minister of Sindh, Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim, who was the chief guest at the concluding session of the population welfare department’s seminar held in Karachi last week.
Continue reading

Leave a comment | Posted in Population, Social Issues |

The blasts of hatred

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

May was a bad month for Karachi. Two bomb blasts in two Shia mosques took a toll of 50 or so lives. Many more were wounded. In between these two devastating events came the assassination of Mufti Shamzai, the head of the Binori mosque, who is said to have had at one time close links with Osama bin Laden and Mulla Umar.
Continue reading

Leave a comment | Posted in Politics, Terrorism and Violence |