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08 Apr, 2014
Media Release: New Book, "Pakistan's Democratic Impasse: Analysis and the Way Forward" Published

Lahore April 8, 2014: Alternate Solutions Institute released today Dr. Khalil Ahmad's new book, Pakistan’s Democratic Impasse – Analysis and the Way Forward. Already this in 2012 and this February, he has published three books, "Pakistan Mein Riyasti Ashrafiya Ka Urooj" (The Rise of State Aristocracy in Pakistan, February 2012), “Siyasi Partian Ya Siyasi Bandobast: Pakistani Siyasat Ke Pech-o-Khum Ka Falsafiyani Muhakma” (Political Parties Or Political Arrangements: A Philosophical Critique of the Intricacies of Pakistani Politics, July 2012), and, Pakistani Kashakash: Tehleel-O-Tadeel aur Aagay Barhany ka Rasta (Pakistani Armageddon: Analysis, Resolution and the Way Forward, February 2014).


22 Feb, 2014
Media Release: New Urdu Book, "پاکستانی کشاکش" Published

Lahore, February 22, 2014: Alternate Solutions Institute today released Dr. Khalil Ahmad’s latest Urdu book, Pakistani Kashakash: Tehlee-O-Taadeel aur Aagay Barhnay ka Raasta (Pakistani Armageddon: Analysis, Resolution and the Way Forward).

پاکستانی کشاکش: تحلیل و تعدیل اور آگے بڑھنے کا راستہ

 


30 Dec, 2012
New Paper - "Pakistans Democratic Impasse" Published

Media Release: 

New paper - “Pakistan’s Democratic Impasse” published 

The paper indicts politicians as the main culprit for failing the state of Pakistan  

The paper falsifies the myth of blaming the Pakistan Army for the ills Pakistanis facing 

Author argues constitution authorizes politicians to rule, not the Army 

Lahore December 29, 2012: Alternate Solutions Institute released today Dr. Khalil Ahmad's latest paper, Pakistan’s Democratic Impasse – Analysis and the Way Forward.Already this year, he has published two books, "Pakistan Mein Riyasti Ashrafiya Ka Urooj" (The Rise of State Aristocracy in Pakistan, February 2012), and “Siyasi Partian Ya Siyasi Bandobast: Pakistani Siyasat Ke Pech-o-Khum Ka Falsafiyani Muhakma” (Political Parties Or Political Arrangements: Philosophical Critique of Pakistani Politics, July 2012). 


21 Feb, 2012
New Urdu BooK: "Pakistan Mein Riyasti Ashrafiya Ka Urooj" Published

Media Release:

New Urdu BooK: "Pakistan Mein Riyasti Ashrafiya Ka Urooj" published

The book invents the slogan, "Ashrafiya Ka Naheen, Sab Ka Pakistan" and provides it with philosophical foundations

Author says, "This book can change the fate of Pakistani citizens."


28 Mar, 2011
Media Release: Pakistan with a score of 4.1 ranked at 113th out of 129 countries

March 25, 2011 

International Property Rights Index 2011 released
 
Report emphasizes connection between Property Rights and Well-being
 
Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Algeria perform better than Pakistan; India at 55; Bangladesh consistently at the bottom
 
In Gender Equality for property rights, out of 83 countries Pakistan ranked 69, Bangladesh at 66
 
Lahore March 25, 2011: Alternate Solutions Institute proudly announces the release of the 2011 International Property Rights Index (IRPI) today, which measures the intellectual and physical property rights of 129 nations representing 97 per cent of the world’s GDP. This year, 67 international organizations, including Alternate Solutions Institute from Pakistan, partnered with the Property Rights Alliance in Washington, DC and its Hernando de Soto Fellowship program to produce the 5th annual IPRI.  


20 Sep, 2010
Media Release: Economic Freedom Suffers A Setback In Pakistan
Pakistan’s ranking downed from 110 to 118 with score lowering from 5.95 to 5.80
Lack of Economic Freedom major cause of homicide, unemployment
Recession caused global decrease in Economic Freedom
Pakistan far behind from India’s rank at 87, and Rwanda’s at 90
Sri Lanka, Bangladesh perform better at 111, 113

Lahore September 20, 2010: This year’s report, released today in Pakistan by the Alternate Solutions Institute, shows that economic freedom experienced its first global downturn in a quarter century, with the average score falling to 6.67 in 2008 (the most recent year for which data is available) from 6.74 in 2007. Of the 123 countries with economic freedom rankings dating back to 1980, 88 (71.5 per cent) saw their rankings decrease while only 35 (28.5 per cent) recorded increases.


01 Sep, 2010
Media Release: "Green" Subsidies Are Costly for Taxpayers and the Environment - New Study

Lahore September 01, 2010: A study “Seven Myths About Green Jobs,” published in association with more than two dozens think tanks from all over the world, including the Alternate Solutions Institute from Pakistan, concludes that Green Jobs are not that Green as is being claimed by the Green politicians and advocates. The study reveals the hidden costs of so-called “green investments,” bringing a key policy of various governments into question. The study shows that subsidizing “green jobs” wastes resources and reduces growth without necessarily protecting the environment.


22 Feb, 2010
Media Release: In Property Rights, Pakistan 104th Out Of 125 Countries

International Property Rights Index 2010 released

Pakistan ranks at 104th out of 125 countries

Nepal better than Pakistan; India at 53; Bangladesh consistently at the bottom

In Gender Equality for property rights, Pakistan ranks 68 out of 80 countries

Piracy accounts for the entire music market in Pakistan

Lahore February 23, 2010: Alternate Solutions Institute is proud to announce the release of the 2010 International Property Rights Index (IRPI) today, which measures the intellectual and physical property rights of 125 nations representing 97 per cent of the world’s GDP. This year, 62 international organizations, including Alternate Solutions Institute, partnered with the Property Rights Alliance in Washington, DC and its Hernando de Soto Fellowship program to produce the 4th annual IPRI.


27 Dec, 2009
Media Release: New Study Reveals The Importance Of Economic Freedom For Development In Pakistan
Market and policy integrated with rule of law can bring well-being to all
 
As economic freedom and well-being are shown closely related for all income levels, granting economic freedom should precede poverty alleviation programs
 
Lahore December 3, 2009: An empirical study of the two sample districts of Punjab (Bahawalpur and Sialkot), conducted by Ali Salman on behalf of the Alternate Solutions Institute, shows that merely guaranteeing social opportunities, which has been the mantra of almost all development practitioners (such as Amartya Sen) as well as aid granting agencies, and poverty alleviating agencies in Pakistan, does not lead to either well-being or freedom. In the absence of rule of law, all investments in the well-being end up decreasing freedom of individuals as well as of nations.
 

14 Nov, 2009
Media Release: Hum-Azad.Org Goes Online Today

Alternate Solutions Institute’s Urdu website, Hum-Azad.org goes online today 

Hum-Azad.org to promote rule of law, fundamental rights, limited government, market economy and freedom with responsibility
 
Lahore November 14, 2009: Alternate Solutions Institute, Pakistan’s first free market think tank, launches its Urdu website, http://Hum-Azad.org, today in Lahore. In conjunction with its English website, http://asinstitute.org, Hum-Azad.org will be promoting the values of limited government, rule of law, protection of property rights, market economy, individual freedom, and private initiative to a larger number of Urdu-reading audience.

07 Nov, 2009
Media Release: New Study demands Education Voucher Scheme be expanded to other districts

Punjab Education Foundation’s Education Voucher Scheme in Lahore benefiting disadvantaged families

 

Lahore November 7, 2009: An independent study of the Education Voucher Scheme conceived and implemented by Punjab Education Foundation in under-developed areas of Lahore shows that Milton Friedman’s idea of education voucher has been picked up and applied in its true spirit, and finds the Scheme satisfactorily working and producing desired results in Pakistan. 


14 Sep, 2009
Media Release: Pakistan Performs Badly On The Scale Of Economic Freedom, Its Rank Lowered From 104 to 110

Lahore September 14, 2009: Pakistan ranked 110 out of 141 countries this year, after ranking 104 (out of 141 countries) in the last year’s report. In 2008 Report Pakistan scored 6.05 points out of 10; while this year its overall scored fell to 6.01. The areas that caused a decline in Pakistan’s overall performance are: legal structure and security of property rights; access to sound money; and freedom to trade internationally. The areas in which Pakistan slightly improved are: size of government where its score changed from 7.01 to 7.1; and regulation of credit, labor, and business where its overall scored improved to 6.6 from 6.56.


25 May, 2009
Media Release: "The Bases Of Economic Freedom: A Course For The Beginners" Launched

Lahore May 25, 2009: Alternate Solutions Institute, first free market think tank of Pakistan, has launched and successfully completed the first session of its ambitious project, The Bases of Economic Freedom: A course for the beginners. The course aims at teaching and promoting the virtues of fundamental individual rights and economic freedom. The first ever batch consisting of 21 participants was selected from students, teachers, activists and young professionals who were brought to Ayubia for 5 days’ activities.


22 May, 2009
A S Institute releases its Charter of Liberty

The Charter of Liberty released by Alternate Solutions Institute today demands that the fundamental rights given in the 1973 Constitution be taken as core values and made inviolable.


10 May, 2009
Media Release: A. S. Institute Launches "Sign the Charter of Liberty Campaign"

Lahore April 3, 2009: The fundamental rights given in the 1973 constitution be treated as core values and made inviolable. This was demanded in a meeting organized yesterday in a local hotel by the Alternate Solutions Institute, first free market think tank of Pakistan. The meeting was attended by students from various institutions and young people in a large number. At this occasion the Institute formally launched its “Sign the Charter of Liberty Campaign.”


18 Mar, 2009
Media Release: Black Coat Revolution Needs To Be Strengthened

Lahore March 18, 2009: The Black Coat Revolution of March 16 which is the manifestation of the will of the people of Pakistan needs to be strengthened. The restoration of Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan, to his rightful and lawful position, will ensure the ordinary people of Pakistan their dignity and their fundamental rights. It is tantamount to moving of the Pakistani nation and society in a direction where rule of law, independence of judiciary and supremacy of the constitution will prevail.


04 Mar, 2009
Free Trade Brings Prosperity

This Press Briefing has been arranged in connection with the launching of Global Freedom to Trade Campaign. As we know that WTO's 5th ministerial conference is going to be held in Cancun, Mexico, from September 10 to 14, this is to remind that the driving force behind the WTO was 'free trade' but the politics of big powers and its vested interests have divided this platform into warring forces. We at Alternate Solutions Institute want to stress the importance of trying to achieve global free trade through WTO, and taking advantage of this Campaign wants to highlight the fact that free trade is the way of prosperity for the people of the world.


04 Mar, 2009
New Book: Fighting the Diseases of Poverty

UN, governments' policies cause avoidable disease and suffering Many health policies promoted by intergovernmental bodies and governments in less-developed countries are counterproductive and lead to unnecessary suffering, according to a new book, Fighting the Diseases of Poverty launched here by Alternate Solutions Institute, a partner organization of Campaign for Fighting Diseases.


04 Mar, 2009
Civil Society Report on Climate Change

Governments should reject calls for a post-Kyoto treaty “Kyoto 2”

Civil Society Report says climate policy should focus on removing barriers to adaptation


04 Mar, 2009
Economic Freedom Report 2007: Pakistan Climbs the Ladder of Economic Freedom

Pakistan climbs the ladder of Economic Freedom scoring 6 points ranking 101 out of 141 countries; leaps big in Legal Structure and Security of Property Rights area by improving from 2.5 to 4.4; loses big in Access in Sound Money by sliding down from 6.4 to 6.0.


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