Gulfam Mustafa

Editor of the Weekly Mission who tweets @egulfam

Education must not be ignored in the next budget

Recently, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani announced the government’s top priorities for the next budget. Electricity and employment top the list. Although this is all good news, I would like to ask our premier, what about education?  Without a doubt, the electricity crisis is the most important issue Pakistan is facing right now. The country is suffering immeasurably due to shortage of electric power and our economic wheel has stopped. However, this issue is as old as our current government. Four years have gone by, but our government has yet to take serious notice of the crisis. As elections are expected during the ...

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November 28, 2011

The US media’s (biased) version of the NATO attack

While the Pakistani media paid serious attention to NATO strikes on a check-post near the Afghan border, the US media seemed to defend the incident with its biased reporting. A blog on the TIME magazine website rejected the concept of a proper border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The post states that: “there is no well-defined difference between the Pakistani military and anti-American insurgents crowded along (the) rugged frontier.” The report by Mark Thompson concludes that the American forces mistook Pakistani forces as Taliban militants by accident and were confused about the border demarcation between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Perhaps Thompson does not know that the ...

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