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Pakistan's Digital Gig Economy Growth Among World's Fastest

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Pakistan's digital gig economy growth is the fastest in Asia and fourth fastest in the world, according to digital payments platform  Payoneer . Gig Economy Growth in Q2/2019. Source: Payoneer United States led gig economy growth of 78% followed by the United Kingdom 59%, Brazil 48%, Pakistan 47% and Ukraine 36%. Asia growth was led by Pakistan followed by Philippines (35%) , India  (29%) and Bangladesh (27%). The rapid gig economy expansion of 47% in Pakistan  was fueled by several factors including the country's very  young population  70% of which is under 30 years of age coupled with improvements in  science and technical education  and expansion of  high-speed broadband  access.  Pakistani freelancers under the age of 35 generated 77% of the revenue in second quarter of 2019. Growth in Freelance Work. Source: Payoneer Mohsin Muzaffar, head of business development at Payoneer in Pakistan, has said as follows: "Government investment in enhancing digital s

Modi's Kashmir Blunder: Wider Implications For India, Pakistan and the World

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reckless decision to unilaterally abrogate Article 370 of the Indian constitution has sent shockwaves across South Asia and the rest of the world. The immediate effect of this action is on Indian Occupied Kashmir which has lost its status as a state and stands divided into union territories directly ruled from New Delhi. It has wider implications for India's federal, secular and democratic constitutional structure. It has sent alarm bells ringing in Indian states of Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Nagaland and Mizoram. It also threatens to escalate tensions between nuclear armed rivals India and Pakistan when the  Kashmiri resistance  turns violent and Modi falsely blames it on "cross-border terrorism". Nuclear confrontation in South Asia could result in  deaths of billions of people  across Asia, Africa, Europe and America. It is time for all sane Indians and the rest of the world to wake up to the serious threats posed to peace in South Asi