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Nationalise the IPPs

In Gordium, the capital of Phrygia (ancient Greece), legend had it that whoever could untie an oxcart tied by a complex knot would rule all Asia. Famously, in 333 BCE,…

Circular debts

Circular debt number 1: Electricity. Pakistan’s economic security is the organic dimension of our national security. The foundation of our economy is the power sector. It is the power sector…

A national challenge

Our hearts bleed when we observe our ever-declining standards of intellectual honesty, moral values and respect for parliamentary ethics in our tension ridden highly polluted domestic polity. ‘Honesty and fairplay’,…

Repaying Our Debts

Repaying our debts

At a recording last year for a PTV programme on the state of the economy, Gen Hamid Gul, a fellow co- panellist, argued for the repudiation of Pakistan’s external debt,…

Change the system

The failures of Pakistan over the last 75 years. The biggest of these failures is undoubtedly the judicial system. This includes the prosecution system, the number of judges available to…

More books

It is often heard that people have lost interest in reading books. This is only partly true but they are often so busy trying to earn two square meals a…

Song Of Praise

Song of praise

The game of politics and the expertise of media anchors is in full swing. If you listen to them, you will hear two extremes – either milk and honey or…

Mubarak’s Legacy

Mubarak’s legacy

In 2003, then-president Hosni Mubarak collapsed while delivering a televised address before the Egyptian parliament. The 75-year-old was revived shortly afterwards and managed to complete the speech to rapturous applause.…