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Institutional autonomy in Pakistan

The recent kerfuffle about central bank autonomy in Pakistan is unraveling some basic fissures in Pakistan’s economy, confronting which our economic managers and political leaders have continually tried to ostrich…

Response to climate change

The danger is clear and present. Pakistan ranked 153rd in a list of countries emitting greenhouse gas. According to some research, it is also the fifth most vulnerable country in…

Gendered response to policing in Pakistan

The recent motorway gang-rape incident calls for retrospection on the absence of a gendered response to policing. The serving Lahore Capital City Police Officer’s (CCPO) victim-blaming in response to the…

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…

Institutional strengthening?

A RECURRING theme during the PTI’s seven-year-long election campaign was the importance of strengthening institutions. The accusation was that overt centralisation, rule by fiat, and failure to accord autonomy in…

Recipe For Institutional Decay

Recipe for institutional decay

Before coming up with statistics concerning our mismanagement, inefficiency and institutional decay, let me narrate a couple of anecdotes. Last year in May, I was invited to an international seminar…

‘Misperceptions Of IMF’: MoF’s Response

‘Misperceptions of IMF’: MoF’s response

Dr Hafeez A Pasha has written an article: "Misperceptions of IMF" published in Business Recorder October 5th 2015. It stated that the executive board of the IMF must be thanked once again…

Critical Responses

Critical responses

In dealing with the menace of terrorism, clarity is finally emerging at the institutional level. The army chief`s speech last year on Independence Day was encouraging as he stressed clarity…