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Pakistan’s elite and the art of deception

“The ends justify the means,” Machiavelli’s famous adage, permitting rulers to forsake moral high grounds in favour of maintaining power and control, is something that rings in my mind every…

Breaking the chain of corruption — Part – I

Anti-corruption measures can only have cumulative success if they are part and parcel of good governance. In the absence of good governance, anti-corruption measures cannot develop any longer-term momentum even…

Breaking the chain of corruption: Part – II

The late prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, largely eliminated corruption from Singapore and thereby transformed it from a third-world to a first-world country. The following are some Yew…

Corruption, justice and accountability

Pakistan’s ranking on the global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), announced this week by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog, Transparency International, shows that during 2023 the country’s ranking was 133 while the…

Great hamam and the ‘naked’ elite

A journalist’s job is to ask questions, not give answers, said the late great foreign correspondent Robert Fisk. “Even when I’m giving lectures and issuing statements, I make sure to…

Dissecting corruption

The world recently observed International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9). It is time to contextualize the corruption debate in Pakistan. Corruption is not only a legal crime but also a moral…

Upending the power elite

The year 46 BC consisted of 445 days; it was the longest one in history. Such anomalies were a common feature in the Roman calendar. The greatest contributing factor was…

Pakistan’s decadent elite

Pakistan’s current political, economic and social crises call for introspection. Politically, the country has been badly destabilized because of weak and incompetent governments, which are the products of political engineering…