Ahmad Rafay Alam

New approach to the Indus Treaty by Ahmad Rafay Alam

23 July, 2010
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Urban/urbane Friday, July 23, 2010 Ahmad Rafay Alam Indo-Pakistani water relations are bound, limited and defined by the Indus Water Treaty of 1960. The treaty divides the resources of the Indus Basin, one of the largest and oldest basins on the planet, and states that India will have control over the waters of the three […]

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In a 1974 time warp by Ahmad Rafay Alam

16 July, 2010
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Urban/urbane Friday, July 16, 2010 Ahmad Rafay Alam In my column, “A ministry of climate change” (July 13. 2008), I wrote of the need to replace the existing ministry of environment with a ministry of climate change and I spelled out a new role of the federal and provincial Environment Protection Agencies (EPAs)–all in light […]

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When means are ‘goals’ by Ahmad Rafay Alam

2 July, 2010
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Urban/urbane Friday, July 02, 2010 Ahmad Rafay Alam In one of his TED Talks, Swedish public-health guru Hans Rosling talks about the difference between the means and goals of development. For example, economic growth and education are important means of development. But they are not goals in and of themselves. A clean environment, good health […]

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Protecting the environment by Ahmad Rafay Alam

4 June, 2010
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Urban/urbane Friday, June 04, 2010 Ahmad Rafay Alam Just a few days before the World Environment Day, the Punjab government has announced a scheme to grant the land reserved as forests and protected by law for agricultural purposes. With less than 5 per cent of Pakistan’s surface having forest cover, this new initiative is like […]

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How the (more than)other half lives by Ahmad Rafay Alam

2 April, 2010
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Urban/urbane Friday, April 02, 2010 Ahmad Rafay Alam Two weeks ago, on the 20th of March, a fire broke out in Shanti Nagar, a slum in Gulshan-e-Iqbal in Karachi. Locals informed the fire department of the incident almost immediately, but by the time the fire trucks arrived – and whether their delay was caused by […]

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