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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... [continues]
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