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How to protect consumers’ rights in Pakistan?

  Unfortunately, there is a widespread violation of consumer rights in Pakistan and the area of consumer protection has remained neglected in the country due to improper rules and law. It is pathetic that majority of consumers are unaware of their rights, hence they are vulnerable to exploitation by producers. A consumer has misleading information and because of the ignorance of his rights and non-availability of redress mechanism, he is …

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Pakistan enjoys unique position among South Asian countries

  The term South Asia commonly refers to seven countries namely: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. These countries are also part of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), a bloc established in 1985. Afghanistan has been included as 8th member of SAARC in 2006 and China, Iran and Myanmar are also seeking full member status of the bloc. According to various reports SAARC member countries …

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Changing preference of buyers damaging local carpet exports

  Pakistan’s carpet industry needs likely reforms Carpet has more than 2,500 years of ancient history as Iranians were amongst the first carpet weaver of the age-old civilizations and through centuries of creativity and initiative building upon the talents of the past, this industry has achieved a special degree of excellence since. Though this industry is more technologically advanced now as new trend and design demands had made it more …

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Poverty alleviation through creation of job opportunities

  It may be said that elected governments bother to introduce special schemes ensuring better job opportunities for educated youth and undertaking Benazir Income Support Program and the latest being Prime Minister Youth Business Loan scheme. However, all these may cater a few favorites or a limited segment of the society. The prime responsibility of the government is to create enabling environment that can usher new investment, creation of productive …

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Natural disaster management

  Strategies need to be inclusive of forward thinking macro economic policies By now almost all the advanced nations have been at guard to avert disaster caused by natural calamities, but climate change has enhanced the frequency of terrific cyclones, typhoons and tsunami like storms ravaging entire socio-economic life of the effected countries. This has compelled the countries to undertake forward looking strategies to combat ill effects of climate change, …

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Development of middle class in Balochistan: issues and challenges

  An educated middle class can play an important role in the development of Balochistan which is the largest but least developed province of the country. It still lacks a middle and urbanized class. Absence of middle class and urbanized leadership has provided rich grounds for growth and prevalence of tribalism and weak civil community promoted tribalism and feudalism. The government is not taking measures to encourage the growth of …

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Child marriage and problems

  Adoption of Sindh child marriages restraint bill a right step Child marriages bring a lot of misery to the children, particularly for the girl child. Child marriage increases problems for the families and in fact affects the whole life of a girl. This practice should strictly be discouraged while action should be taken against people involved in this evil-minded activity. Complications of pregnancy and childbirth are contributing causes of …

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Pakistan Steel Mills — Past and Present

  Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) is the largest corporate entity owned by the government with production capacity of 5 million tons. Privatization of PSM was initiated under the reign of former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, which was met with controversy. The Supreme Court held the privatization effort as defined process and procedures were not followed. Sale of the country’s largest industrial unit went down the drain whereas the matter was …

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Child adoption: A common practice globally

  Adoption of boys was a general practice in the affluent class in ancient Rome. For families with no male at all, adoption was the only solution. Adoption was the most common way of acceding to the throne without use of force. In ancient Rome it was an expensive agreement for the childless family and quality had to be ensured. Adoption was agreed between families by the mother giving the …

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Pakistan: A welfare state in reality?

  A welfare state is an idea of government in which the state plays a major role in the promotion and protection of the economic and social well-being of its people. Such a government is a part of the lives of its people as it caters to the material, physical and social demands of its people. The main aim of a welfare state is to primarily generate economic and social …

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