Feb 16 - Feb 22, 2004  
ISSUE # 07  

Pakistan has been placed at the 144th position out of 175 countries in terms of the human development index. In other words, Pakistan ranks among the bottom 30 countries of the world. With respect to the education index, Pakistan ranks among the bottom 15 countries. The fact that education has failed to find its place in the matrix of policy priorities and targets have remained unrealized is the result of certain binding constraints, rooted in a number of factors at the societal and state levels. There have certainly been consistent efforts on the part of the government to expand education. These efforts however appear to be stalled by structural and policy factors such as macro-economic and fiscal stabilization policies, poverty, rural land inequality, weak implementation of education policies, and above all, the socio-political environment. The rise of income inequality and poverty has served to restrict access to education for the poor, unequal rural land ownership, as well as disparity in urban resource distribution 

has contributed to unequal access to education. Macro-economic stabilization policy has tended to encroach on provincial finances and compromise resource availability for education, and education policies have suffered from a lack of success on the implementation front.




The imposition of anti-dumping duty by the EU on bed linen originating from Pakistan is clear exhibit of following an incorrect strategy and gross mess up. To start with, the basis of dumping allegations was incorrect because the industry does not enjoy any hidden subsidy or incentive.


Blending alcohol with motor gasoline can help Pakistan in containing POL import bill as well as providing new impetus to problem ridden sugar industry. It is not re-inventing wheel, the technology is common and being used in many countries, including India.