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A State in Perennial Crisis .......................(Wall Street Journal, Asia, August 19, 2010)
The Indus River flooding has displaced 20 million Pakistanis and continues to maroon hundreds of villages in the south of the country. This represents a crisis bigger than the one Pakistan faced last year after the army moved against radical Taliban militants, displacing more than two million in the Swat region. ....... [ Read Full Story ]

Siachin and Commitment to Envi... (Weekly Pulse, Islamabad December 14, 2007)
Unusual melting of snow in the northern mountains is already triggering climate changes -- floods, irregular snow and rains etc. Policy makers in India and Pakistan need to move swiftly and jointly to protect their precious ecological heritage............ [ Read Full Story ]

Chitral and tourism year challenges (12-June-2007, The News)
Chitral in the far north of Pakistan stands out for its idyllic scenery and majestic Hindukush mountains surrounding it. The over 8000 metre snow-capped Trichmir Peak also peeps over them into the valleys spread over about 15000 square kilometres and inhabited by Sunni Muslims as well as some ... [ Read Full Story ]

Greedy development -I (14-February-2007)
Following dozens of deaths and destruction worth hundreds of millions of dollars from the flooding in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, the Minister for Environment Rachmat Witoelar publicly admitted that excessive construction on water catchment areas served as the major cause for floods. (AFP, February 4, 2005) [ Read Full Story ]

Greedy development -II (26-February-2007)
World over, depleting water resources and increasing temperatures have prompted heated debates, pro-active policy approaches demands for rational use of available resources and their conservation. Pakistan is no exception either to the global warming and receding water levels — both over and underground. [ Read Full Story ]

Organ trade and indifferent parliament (28-December-2006)
During a visit to Tripoli we came across some startling facts. Hospitals even in towns of 50,000 inhabitants, as far as 300 kilometres from the Libyan capital, have several dialysis machines. Because of some genetic deficiency, the Libyans are extremely vulnerable to various kidney-related diseases, and that is why the state has made sure that no one dies on account of shortage of treatment facilities. [ Read Full Story ]