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Back to begging

RETURNING from Karachi to Lahore this week was like sliding down a thermometer from cool to freezing. One had forgotten how delicious the enervating sunshine of Karachi could be, or…

There’s no tomorrow with begging bowls

At school, while reading Charles Dickens’ (a personal favourite writer) novels, me and my classmates had developed a clear and serene meaning of what poverty meant — it created within…

The Begging Bowl

The begging bowl

Donald Trump’s nascent presidency has generated much uncertainty. In Pakistan, concern has been expressed that USAID funding might be affected by the transition, which stems from the incoming administration delaying…

A Ban On Begging

A ban on begging

An interesting debate has been taking place in the Nigerian Senate for the past several weeks. At issue is whether a ban on begging, which has been instated by the…

Beyond Begging And Taxing

Beyond begging and taxing

Iam ashamed of our constant begging. How do you feel when you see the PM sitting in front of rulers of fiefdoms the size of Gulberg begging, supposedly on your…

Begging Bowl, Inflation And Ishaq Dar! – II

Begging bowl, inflation and Ishaq Dar! – II

The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) first quarter review of the 6.4 billion dollar Extended Fund Facility (EFF) on its website maintains that "risks to the outlook are tilted to the…

Begging Bowl, Inflation And Ishaq Dar! – I-

Begging bowl, inflation and Ishaq Dar! – I-

The PML-N manifesto promises have clearly taken a back seat to Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar's economic policies on two counts: the begging bowl is not only out and strengthened…

FATA’s Begging Bowl

FATA’s begging bowl

It would not be out of place to remind them of what the Quaid had said in his address to a Tribal Jirga in Peshawar on April 17, 1948, “Pakistan…

Shrines in the subcontinent

At last count there were a total of 2,717 shrines in India while in Pakistan that figure was 3400. These are the well-known ones otherwise the figure might be much…