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Transforming slums

IT is the slum that earned Hollywood millions of dollars. Dharavi, the slum pictured in the 2008 blockbuster movie Slumdog Millionaire, is estimated to be just around 2.8 square kilometres;…

Cost of reversal

As Pakistan’s finance managers crunch numbers to raise pitifully low national revenue, quick policy reversals to meet the gap will inevitably cause more harm than good. Tragically, however, the ongoing…

From rags to riches

Forbes has published its list of ‘World Billionaires ranking for 2024’. The much touted is the list of 200 richest people of the world. The billionaires across the globe compete…

A divisive frame of mind

Would you rather have someone pick your pocket with their left or their right hand? Would you prefer to get robbed facing the business end of a small handgun or…

A warped attempt at governance

When the new government took charge, we expected that under Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif it would make some attempts to put things on the right track in the country. Only…

Missing women

The 19-member cabinet of the newly elected government, which was formed on the heels of International Women’s Day (March 8), has only one woman (that too not as a federal…

Ending hopium—II

SIFC (Special Investment Facilitation Council) and the last Caretaker Government had taken the elephant steps on fertilizer, HEC and tube-well electricity subsidy, phased closure of BISP (Benazir Income Support Programme)…

World Quds Day

This year’s World Quds Day is commemorated under circumstances in which we are witness to one of the biggest cases of murder and genocide in history. The deep humanitarian catastrophe…

A fresh start

The unimaginable has happened. Ishaq Dar, the architect of clumsy choices at Pakistan’s finance ministry, has finally been replaced by a new finance minister. But the removal of Dar who…

China, the neighbour: ‘In a way’

What did Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar mean when, during a press conference in London, he clearly listed Pakistan’s immediate neighbouring countries as Afghanistan, Iran and India, but then said that…