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Quaid’s Political Disposition

Quaid’s political disposition

Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is the most powerful national symbol in Pakistan and he is viewed as the embodiment of the spirit of Pakistan. His birthday is celebrated with much…

What have they done to my country?

I get up in the morning anxious and frustrated. Not because of any personal circumstances, but because I believe my country is going down – not militarily, but economically. The…

Reforms: theory and practice

Institutional reforms are basic to good governance, and Pakistan is in dire need of such reforms – political to bureaucratic to the public sector. Pakistan has seen multiple phases of…

The Lives Of Minority Groups

The lives of minority groups

The heart-wrenching scenes of violence by Hindu-right wing goons in Gurgaon against a Muslim family have appalled millions of humanists in the largest democracy and beyond. In a video that…

Impartial accountability?

LIKE free and fair elections, a fair system of accountability has also remained elusive in Pakistan. Numerous efforts have been made in the past to institute a credible mechanism of…

A window on Partition

On the eve of this landmark day of Independence, there is a growing sense of disarray in the political domain. Against the backdrop of ritualistic ceremonies, our thoughts are focused…

Indus Treaty Interrupted

Indus treaty interrupted

Last week, the World Bank temporarily halted the process for appointment of chairman of a court of arbitration requested by Pakistan and a neutral expert requested by India to allow…

How Buddhism Connects Saarc

How Buddhism connects Saarc

At a South Asian summit in the Maldives during the Zardari era, Pakistan decided to acknowledge its past assertively, not as it imagined its history through the familiar neo-religious prism…

Would You Trust The Government?

Would you trust the government?

Asking the government to do what the private sector can do calls for increasing the role of the government in the economy. Should we have more of the public sector…

The Pro-poor Myth

The pro-poor myth

Pro-poor growth, equitable, inclusive growth and growth with a human – the current era of economics is all about these words and terms. These interconnected ideas show a clear reaction…