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Climate and the religious lens

The condition of Pakistani cities shows that we are suffering from an intellectual, professional and moral crisis. There is a sense that the existing government institutions and people cannot be…

Economic Development And The University

Economic development and the university

Development research over the last three decades has established two propositions that have major implications for redefining the role of a university. First, a distinguishing feature between developed and underdeveloped…

Higher Education And Party Manifestos

Higher education and party manifestos

Education has overall been a neglected area in our political parties’ priorities for general elections. A lot of lip service is paid and only little concrete measures are taken that…

Bilawal And 50 Years Of The PPP

Bilawal and 50 years of the PPP

A third generation Bhutto has launched his social-liberal platform at the well-attended golden jubilee celebrations of the Pakistan People’s Party, which is undoubtedly inseparable from the story of the successes…

Bilawal’s quest for a social democratic agenda

We had an intense discussion with Bilawal Bhutto at the end of the PPP’s provincial and national bodies’ meetings, attended by over 20,000 enthusiastic activists, in Lahore. What will be…

Approaching Or Landed In Deflation?

Approaching or landed in deflation?

I wrote an article in this newspaper on February 17, 2015, stating clearly that Pakistan's economy is heading towards deflation. Some economists thought that it was too early to pass…

In The Land Of No Loadshedding

In the land of no loadshedding

Ok, don't ask me where I am because to quote Jimmy Gilmer of The Fireballs, "I ain’t gonna tell". The only thing I can tell you is that I ain’t…

Universities as supermarkets

Sometime ago I was sitting with a deputy chairman of the Planning Commission of Pakistan when a vice chancellor (VC) of a public-sector university came to see him. After the…