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Breaking the chain of corruption — Part – I

Anti-corruption measures can only have cumulative success if they are part and parcel of good governance. In the absence of good governance, anti-corruption measures cannot develop any longer-term momentum even…

Emerging optimism

Pakistan has issued eight international bonds (loans) and Sukuk (Islamic bonds) that mature at various times, ranging from April 15, 2024, to April 8, 2051. Interestingly, the prices of these…

Disruption or destruction?

People tend to cling to ideas formed previously; they tend to work better within already established networks; and they tend to be more comfortable with associations that are familiar. Even…

Role of KPK in new leadership dynamics

Pakistan is embarking on a new chapter in its history, following the February 8, 2024 elections, with almost all political parties, except Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)—PMLN—voicing concerns about electoral transparency.…

Strategic leadership and statecraft — Part I

For Pakistanis in their present condition, it would be irrelevant to discuss strategic leadership and statecraft without reference to the realities that prevail in the world and their country. Constitutionally,…

Misplaced optimism about economy

Given elections are scheduled for early February, a few months into 2024 spring will bring into public life a new government, but the question whether or not it will continue…

Pro-people leadership

This year, I had the honor to visit Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, where an impressive ceremony was organized in connection with the 16th martyrdom anniversary of Ms Benazir Bhutto, the first…

Pakistan: leadership crisis

The primary constituents of economic growth encompass physical capital, infrastructure, human capital, and technology. Pakistan stands among those nations where growth rates have not aligned with its developmental profile for…

What makes the US exceptional?

Late last month Henry Kissinger celebrated his 100th birthday. Kissinger of course served as US national security adviser and secretary of state under presidents Nixon and Ford.It is said nobody…