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Faulty assumptions

Pakistan has good diplomats but an underperforming diplomacy. And the reasons are many. Where does the main fault lie? Not necessarily with the diplomats as they do not make policy;…

How US History Is Whitewashed

How US history is whitewashed

This June, like so many over the past three decades, small armies of graduate students, high school teachers and college faculty descended upon US cities throughout flyover country to score…

The walk towards development

Pakistan today is sinking into a dark hole, having to borrow money even to pay off the interest on loans taken, rather than the loan itself. The key areas of…

Pakistan’s economic legacy

Assessing Pakistan’s economic legacy is more than a historical reflection; it is a critical analysis of its trajectory. Successive governments’ policies shape growth, stability, and resilience, impacting the nation’s economy…

Language of war and peace

Austrian linguistic philosopher Wittgenstein says, “The meaning of a word is its use in the language.” This implies that words do not have intrinsic meanings in language themselves, and they…

Navigating FDI challenges in power sector

The latest investment setback suffered by the renewable energy sector in Pakistan is the unsuccessful endeavour to attract investors for a 600-megawatt solar power initiative in Muzaffargarh. Despite the provision…

Conspiracy theories, slogans, myths

Nations and communities need narratives, but they cannot progress with narratives alone. They also need practical ideas about education, healthcare, innovation, external relations, and economic growth. Unfortunately, for far too…

Strategic partners

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington last month is a stark reminder of the rapidly developing Indo-US strategic partnership and the high priority attached by the US to…

A fiscal disaster

The National Economic Council has set an economic growth target of 3.5 per cent for the upcoming fiscal year, while also acknowledging a population growth rate of 3.6 per cent…