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South Asian Politics In The 1970s

South Asian politics in the 1970s

Up until now, in the five earlier parts of this series we have discussed the politics of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in the 1970s. We have seen how Mujib,…

Revisiting govt jobs

“Permanent jobs with absolute job security have made the government officers complacent. It has brought great inefficiencies in the system, while also limited the dreams of the youth to just…

Privatization: what are we not seeing?

In recent months, discussions surrounding privatization have gained momentum, spurred on by the formation of the prime minister’s economic advisory council, a diverse assembly comprising business leaders and retired bureaucrats,…

Our striking divide

We often think of our society as a homogeneous unit. This is in many ways far from reality. While the divides that run through the political space have become increasingly…

Growth model needs to be long term

Pakistan has never achieved impressive growth rates in its history with the highest rate (average) achieved in the 1960s of 6.8 percent (attributed to the Korean War that enabled the…

Did SBP and IMF get inflation wrong?

Following the recent approval by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board to release the final tranche of SDR828 million (approximately $1.1 billion) under the standby agreement for Pakistan, Deputy…