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No more federal funds for varsities in provinces

In a major policy decision, the federal government has decided not to fund universities, whose charters were approved by the provinces, in the upcoming fiscal year 2024-25. Currently, the federal…

A government in contempt

Those who thought that sanity would return to the ranks of the government, and that they would take the requisite steps to facilitate the holding of elections for the Punjab…

The government’s options

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to postpone polls to the Punjab Assembly till Oct 8 was unconstitutional, and fixed May 14…

Governance for local government: Part – IV

The rules of business have to be changed accordingly. It would be imperative that the chief executive officers of metropolitan corporations and large district councils are appointed from among Grade…

Governance for local governments: Part – I

This article is divided into three parts. The first part deals with ‘why local government?’ The second with experiences during the 2001-2009 period and finally in the third part it…

Gilgit-Baltistan’s federal dependency

Pakistan has seen frequent political shifts, with no prospects of a civilian government ever finishing a term without any turbulence. The impact of such impetuous shifts in politics has been…

Inside the federal education budget

Budget allocations should be read as reflections of the true priority accorded to sectors and programmes. Insufficient budgetary allocations to programmes incur delays, cost overruns and poor /delayed social impact.…

The spirit of federalism

The idea that Pakistan shall be a federation wherein provinces shall be autonomous was contained in the Objectives Resolution of 1949. The framers of the 1973 constitution had also contemplated…