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Making laws matter

Over the years, discussions about the ‘deteriorating law and order situation in Pakistan’ have become commonplace. Whilst some blame law-enforcement agencies for failing to do their duty, others trace all…

Flawed IMF programme design

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) analysis and prescriptions in the second and final review document under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) dated this month are to carry forward to the next…

An ill-advised law

Much has been said about the Punjab Defamation Act of 2024 which has already been passed by the Punjab Assembly on May 20. It is a bad law and should…

Making the national divide worse

As ridiculous ideas go, nothing could be more absurd than declaring May 28 a public holiday twenty-six years after the nuclear explosions. This had not happened before – and did…

Flawed IMF programme design

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) analysis and prescriptions in the second and final review document under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) dated this month are to carry forward to the next…

Making the NFC work

The recent demands from multilateral institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank to revisit the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award have ignited a fresh debate on resource distribution…

State of lawlessness

As we can all see and read frequently in both mainstream and social media, a new wave of crime is sweeping across the nation. This is perhaps most visible in…

Law and the refugee

Pakistan has been home to nearly 3.8 million Afghans since Pakistan first started admitting Afghan refugees after the beginning of the Soviet-Afghan war in 1979. The most recent influx of…

SIFC making waves?

Special Facilitation Investment Committee (SIFC) was established by the Shehbaz Sharif-led government on 17 June 2023, and has since come under considerable criticism - by Shahbaz Sharif haters who maintain…

Loss-making Discos — Who tops the chart?

Unfortunately, the Pakistan Power Sector is never away from the public eye– specifically, since the last two decades. Media, primarily, picked-up the then ongoing negotiations with the notorious IPPs in…