The Express Tribune reviews the past year and decade

Tough decision: Pakistan's economy emerges out of deep waters

The second decade of the 21st century has turned out to be the ‘Lost Decade’ in economic terms with national economic output averaging around 3%, savings-to-GDP ratio around 10%, nearly 60% of the population either poor or vulnerable and debt-to-GDP ratio standing at 88%

How Pakistan's foreign policy pendulum swung

It is no understatement to say that 2019 has been a rollercoaster for Pakistan on the foreign affairs front.

How judiciary played role in shaping Pakistan's politics

Seven former chief justices, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Tassaduq Hussain Jilani, Nasirul Mulk, Jawwad S Khawaja, Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Mian Saqib Nisar and Asif Saeed Khosa worked for the purpose after the judiciary’s restoration through a mass movement of political parties and lawyers that year.

Pakistan starts its fight to be greener

With the country seeing even more rapid and severe manifestations of climate change, the past year saw the government finally start to fight back against these changes.

Braving storms and high seas, the democratic ship still sails

The picturesque skyline of the capital was awash in shades of yellow and red as the last sun of 2019 sank behind the idyllic Margalla Hills, heralding a new year – or a new decade, if you like. The tranquility, however, belies the tumult of last 10 years in the political seat of the country where rabble-rousers stirred up storms, scandals and controversies, shaking governments.

Perpetually in the pipeline: 10 years on, Karachi still hopes to avail full water share

With its more than 16 million-strong population, Karachi faces many problems that are often inherent to cities its size in the developing world. Its never-ending water crisis, however, has made life nothing short of an ordeal for its people.

Stripped of powers, local bodies left twiddling their thumbs

With the year 2019 nearing its end and the decade coming to a close, Karachi is still generating 70% of the country’s revenue. Yet the city of lights remains deprived of basic facilities itself.

Police roundup: A year of unprecedented brutalities in Punjab

With the year 2019 nearing its end and the decade coming to a close, Karachi is still generating 70% of the country’s revenue. Yet the city of lights remains deprived of basic facilities itself.

Looking back: Crackdown, controversies dot 2019 for Punjab food sector

While the year 2019 has been a busy year for the Punjab Food Authority (PFA), it has been troubling for the 5,000 food businesses and eateries which the department sealed for various violations of provincial food regulation laws.

Story of neglect: Another grim year for healthcare in Pakistan

Last year, the number of diseases in the country – including dengue, Congo virus, malaria, typhoid, measles and HIV/AIDS, among others – witnessed a sharp increase.

ECP remains dysfunctional going into 2020

The year 2019 has been a busy year for the ECP.

Public transportation: A decade of ebb and flow

Due to the negligence of the Sindh government, the fares of public transport have risen manifold due to which people belonging to the working and underprivileged class, together with women and students, have to face immense difficulties.

Academic crisis: On the back burner for 10 years

As the world bids adieu to a decade of academic advancements, Sindh will usher in 2020 with very little to celebrate and perhaps too much to mourn. 

For Sindh, a decade stuck in development hell

The 2010s have been a mixed bag for Sindh when it comes to infrastructure expansion and improvement. Although a number of development schemes were announced, not all of them have seen fruition so far. 

Decade in review: From the land of Sufis to the land of fear

Throughout its history, Sindh has always enjoyed the reputation of being a melting pot of different religions and civilisations where people peacefully coexisted for centuries. The last decade, however, almost stripped the province of its progressive and tolerant Sufi culture because of growing extremism.

A decade of exceptional development and upsets for Punjab

For Punjab, the last decade has been eventful, punctuated by the expected and a long list of unexpected upsets. From the change of guard at the helm to massive development projects, the province has witnessed it all.

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