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BISP and institutional reforms

In the social protection debate we usually play down the role of short-term relief work in alleviating human suffering when emergencies hit, or during a situation of crisis. The social…

Reforms: institutional impediments (Part – II)

An attempt was made by the National Commission for Government Reforms (NCGR) to present a comprehensive package that proposed a strong district government system with specific focus on education, health…

Reforms: institutional impediments (Part – I)

Pakistan excels among many other developing countries in producing first-rate diagnostic studies (what is wrong with us?) , strategies, five-year and annual plans, reports but our implementation record is one…

Reforms for justice : Part – I

In a widely circulated video, Justice Isa asks those assembled for the 9th International Judicial Conference in Islamabad if they are satisfied with the justice system. No one raises their…

New PM and reforms agenda

Pakistan needs all out fundamental structural reforms in all areas of governance. However, the most important and immediate is political stability — the main challenge faced by the 23rd Prime…

Judicial reforms

Why is Pakistan’s justice system perceived to be a ‘weak’ system? Why is it failing to safeguard the lives and property of citizens and protect contracts to boost the economy?…

Power sector reforms: lessons from Turkey

Pakistan embarked upon a series of reforms in the power sector in the 1990s, more or less around the same time as Turkey. In Pakistan, these reforms started with the…

Budget 2019-20 & tax reforms

Budget 2019-20, expected to be announced in the last week of this month, will be very important for the coalition government of Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf (PTI). It will determine the direction…