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Export culture is just a mirage

Business community is considered a very strong and potent force anywhere in the world. The opinions, views, and concerns of business/industry community are taken with all merit. A united community…

Evolving A Tax Culture

Evolving a tax culture

Since taxes are the primary source of revenue for any state, therefore every state constantly endeavours to improve the general shape and quality of its taxation system. Tax noncompliance, in…

Contesting VIP Culture

Contesting VIP culture

To belabour the obvious, preferential treatment given to political and economic elites by state institutions is wrong. It is wrong at a legal level, and in a cripplingly poor country,…

Civic Development And The State Of The People

Civic development and the state of the people

Many people rejoice when they hear of new schemes to ‘improve’ our cities. Projects such as the metro bus in Lahore, with the monstrously ugly pillars, grid divisions and badly…

Unions For Students

Unions for students

The recent 15 day-night long ‘peaceful agitation’ by the students of the University of Peshawar against fee hike has certainly forced us to recall the golden era of students unions,…

Enemy Images

Enemy images

Members of Congress have embarrassed themselves, this time by a joint subcommittee hearing on whether Pakistan is a friend or foe. Framing a congressional hearing in this binary way reflects…

Need Of The Hour In Fata

Need of the hour in Fata

The British put together a well-crafted system for dealing with the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The centrepiece of this system is the allowance-holders. These include the maliks or elders (small…

Path to economic stability

Pakistan has a crucial role in the complex web of global geopolitics, facing both difficulties and opportunities that converge at the intersection of democracy, sovereignty, and economic stability. Amid a…

Promoting innovation

There are some common themes from the lives of Thomas Edison (1847-1931), Robert Noyce (1927-1990) and Steve Jobs (1955-2011) that can provide valuable insights to Pakistan’s policymakers designing policies on…

Shall we tell the politicians?

Pakistan continues to grapple with a multitude of complex challenges that threaten its national security, hinder its socio-economic progress and have been destabilizing the country in a perpetual manner. In…