Rethinking the fight against drug abuse

Zaeem wakes up at the break of dawn. After a quick shower at a local mosque, he gathers his tools and waits outside the G-11 markaz for someone to approach him for household maintenance work. A hashish smoker from his early teens, Zaeem, now 45, is as functional and productive as most people who have […]


Dr. Sania Nishtar’s speech from the International Anti-corruption Day Celebration at the Asian Development Bank

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, a very good morning. Let me begin by congratulating the Asian Development Bank for their focus on anticorruption and transparency. You need to be congratulated for observing this week so seriously, for the institutional arrangements and policy frameworks that have been put in place for the work that your missions […]


Public Health: A Hidden Benefit of Pakistan-India Trade Normalization

One of the early top priorities of newly elected Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is improving relations with India. Sharif, who has long advocated for a closer relationship, is particularly keen to normalize commercial ties with New Delhi. The prospects for Pakistan-India trade normalization have been greatly enhanced ever since Islamabad announced, in late 2011, […]


DRA: a case for hope

The bill creating a much-needed federal drug regulatory authority – Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan – was enacted into law recently. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements have made it binding on all countries to have independent drug regulatory authorities, without which key flexibilities permissible under the Doha Declaration on Public Health cannot be availed. […]