A Year of Teething Troubles

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Last year, PM Imran Khan designated the year 2020 as the year of economic development and welfare for Pakistan but due to unfortunate natural disasters like the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, unprecedented locust attack, and the heavy spell of rains in Sindh, the country faces a long road to sustainable growth. Although the welfare programs and initiatives for mass-relief ascended during this year but the overall socio-economic condition of the masses remained ordinary. Into the bargain, the ever-increasing internal political strife and mass-movements against the incumbent regime, along with the resurgence of COVID-19, a second wave and a new strain of the virus, added fuel to the fire. The country lost several precious lives in the PIA plane crash in Karachi and the terrorist attacks, including blasts in mosques of Quetta and Peshawar, and heinous attack on Karachi Stock Exchange. All these incidents directly or indirectly hindered the economic growth of the country and especially the outbreak of a novel virus moved the country to square one. At the international scene, the Arabian Gulf nations formally recognized the illegal state of Israel while leaving the Palestine cause at the behest of western powers. Indian entanglements in the information warfare to alter the perception of masses about its archrivals and furthering the country’s hegemonic agenda were debunked by the European organization but no action was taken by the dominant powers or supranational regimes. On the western neighbourhood, the peace process gained acceleration at the beginning of the year but with the transition in the US administration, it seems to stall. Similarly, the global actions to mitigate the climate crisis remained unsatisfactory and contribution of the major powers in the inclusive and sustainable development of the world remained inadequate. In short, the year 2020 was a year of teething troubles, not only for Pakistan but also for the whole world. We must learn from the lessons of this year otherwise we will be doomed to repeat it.

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