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Discretion and its discontents

Administrative discretion is unavoidable. Problems, circumstances, administrators are all too complex to be straitjacketed into laws and regulations. “Where law ends (administrative) discretion begins” is how the father of administrative…

Discretion and its discontents

Administrative discretion is unavoidable. Problems, circumstances, administrators are all too complex to be straitjacketed into laws and regulations. “Where law ends (administrative) discretion begins” is how the father of administrative…

Pakistan’s animation & gaming potential

The gaming and animation industry in Pakistan has undergone remarkable growth in the past two decades. What was once a niche field in the early 2000s has evolved into a…

Time to govern well

Now that the electoral battles have been lost and won, the challenge to govern well begins. A not-so-elegant variation of James Carville’s timeless aphorism ‘It’s economy, stupid’ sounds ‘It’s governance,…

Rethinking education

Why slog through the halls of traditional schools when the internet can turbocharge your learning from the comfort of your couch? Is it still relevant to stuff your brain with…

Restructuring academia

The faculty at Pakistani universities is extremely busy. Its only priority seems to be ‘research publications’ as the number of research articles published has become an important criterion to gauge…

Wheat policy imperatives

Wheat has been in the spotlight lately for two reasons: news of a bumper crop and, that notwithstanding, fears of impending shortage due to hoarding on the one hand and…

Quest for freedom

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it” — William Faulkner Pakistan has been an independent country since 1947, but few have been the…

It’s time to talk

It is rather obvious that the country is experiencing the worst ever economic and political crisis owing to the shenanigans of all our rulers, elected or unelected. They are all…