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An unwarranted assumption

Shaukat Tareen is the fourth finance minister in the PTI government that came to power in August 2018. A banker of considerable distinction who earlier led the finance ministry during…

Economic optimism

More than 20 percent of workers now report that they are working from home at least part-time as a result of the pandemic. While many of these workers may end…

Corruption index

CONSIDER a hypothetical case: there are no systems in a country to check corruption but there is still zero corruption in the country because all its citizens are honest for…

Undoing of PTI legal eagles

THE recent humiliation suffered by the PTI government in the courts has led some observers to ask if the legal eagles of the present era lack the genius of the…

Remains of the old PTI

THE determination with which the Punjab government, along with its federal counterpart, sticks to its guns when it comes to the matter of Nawaz Sharif’s leave from Pakistan on health…

What has the PTI delivered

It’s been a long two and a half years of this hybrid rule, halfway to a normal parliamentary tenure. It is time to ask: what has the PTI delivered in…

Sombre yet optimistic

January 2020 began well, despite occasional reverberations from China about a virus in Wuhan. It was initially believed the virus could be controlled within the confines of its origins. That…

Options for 2021

One big lesson from the political and economic history of Pakistan is that ad-hoc and inorganic political arrangements are destined to fail sooner or later. The latest example is the…

A circle of deception

With all the distractions that have made an unsettling impact on the people’s mind this week, including the tremors that were felt across the northern part of the country on…

The corruption narrative

In the last two and a half years Pakistan has degenerated on a scale that is both massive and unprecedented. The failure is on every front – economy, foreign policy,…