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Political chessboard

AS the Titanic was sinking, its captain had the ship’s band play on to fool the passengers into thinking all was well. With the PTI’s ship rapidly hitting multiple political…

Search for a political settlement

Three years ago – on May 6, 2018 – I barely survived an assassination attempt on my life as the interior minister of the country. Although my bullet wounds have…

Women and political inequality

GENDER inequality takes a variety of forms in Pakistan, but a fundamental one — and one whose rectification may help address all other variants as well — is political inequality.…

Pakistan’s angry political culture

THE political culture of a country always evolves. But not necessarily in a positive direction. As elsewhere in the world, politics in Pakistan has long had unseemly dimensions. Political leaders…

Economic facts vs political fiction

Facts speak, and they speak louder than what we say. Slogans and Speeches are the advertising tools for political selling but Economic facts are the core product that eventually determines…

An Evolving Political Equation

An evolving political equation

Sindh is the only province where politics has remained static since 1988. The PPP has repeatedly emerged as a major political force in the rural areas of the province while…

The Political Economy Of The Budget

The political economy of the budget

John Maynard Keynes once stated that instead of seeking to balance the budget, the government should aim to balance the economy. What he meant was that the budget – as…

Beyond political rhetoric

Donald Trump is all set to enter the White House as the 45th president of the United States. Alienation and economic anxiety largely deriving from the dynamics of globalisation have…

Running The Political Engine

Running the political engine

There are ample signs that money in politics, or ‘political finance’, will assume much greater importance in the next general election and even during the run-up to the election. Disclosures…

Changing Gears In Political Economics

Changing gears in political economics

I see a lot of troubles for our elected (or non-elected) representatives with a change in government and I see this from the assets that they have filed to the…