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PAKISTAN’S CURRENT SITUATION
CONTEXTUAL OVERVIEW OF PAKISTAN
The economic blues continue to encircle Pakistan’s fragile economy, which is faced with Many challenges such as high commodity prices, wheat/sugar crisis, declining exports, Current account deficits, severe power shortage, low literacy rate, paramount political And geo-strategic issues. Stagnating health facilities, poverty, unemployment, regional and provincial disparity are the hallmark.
According to World Bank, the Public Sector Capacity Building Project in Pakistan was framed to improve the Government's capacity to implement its on-going economic reform programme. Focusing on strategic areas, the project had three distinct capacity building objectives: 1) broad-based professional development of the public sector officers; 2) capacity enhancement in key ministries and agencies at the forefront of design, implementation and monitoring of policy reforms; and 3) strengthening of regulatory agencies. However, the target could not have been achieved to its fullest due to the bleak security conditions. 1
Suicide bombings, Taliban aggressions and violence plagued Pakistani civilians throughout the year with an increase in the later. The United Nations (UN) reduced its presence of international staff in north-western Pakistan in light of the security situation in the region, leaving only those vital for emergency, humanitarian relief or security operations, among other essential activities. Parts of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (formerly known as North West Frontier Province (NWFP)), including its capital – Peshawar, have been the site of numerous bombings and attacks this year. In addition, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have been the targets of the Government's military operations to root out militants. Earlier this year, 3 million Pakistanis were displaced by the conflict between Government forces and militants in Khyber...