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Finding political legitimacy

I wrote about the CAR framework last month and posited that governance has become much more challenging because ‘capability’, ‘accountability’ and ‘responsiveness’ have all become compromised. These qualities have been…

Change the political chessboard

Pakistan stands at a critical juncture in its democratic journey, grappling with a deepening political crisis that threatens to undermine the very fabric of its society. At the heart of…

Next steps for a political miracle

The people of Pakistan spoke clearly on February 8. Their favourite political party is the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Their favourite leader, even though he is in jail, is as beloved to…

Economic impasse and political instability

The economic challenges of Pakistan are appallingly enduring, and unless we effectively address fiscal discipline issues, expand our tax base, and eliminate resource wastage, the country’s economic stagnation is likely…

Political worker vs cult member

A political worker and a cult member are fundamentally different in terms of their objectives, motivations, and the nature of their involvement. Here are some key distinctions: Political workers typically…

A new political accord

Pakistan is now seventy-five. In these long years there were very few occasions when a genuine joy was felt by the whole nation. Few wins in cricket and field hockey…

Senate polls & political malaise

RECENT controversies over the form and nature of the Senate election lay bare some long-standing and fundamental problems with Pakistan’s political landscape. The first, and what some may call the…

Paralysis Of Political Thought

Paralysis of political thought

So, Nawaz Sharif has decided to fight on and not give up on the attachments that put him at the head of Pakistan and Punjab’s largest political party. He may…

Our Political Gridlock

Our political gridlock

Back in 2013 Asif Zardari was happy to count five years in power as his and his party’s singular achievement. That he had lived the tenure as president was the…

Political Expediency Vs Economic Necessity

Political expediency vs economic necessity

An average citizen must be totally confused about the state of the economy after hearing, on the one hand, the official/IMF pronouncements that economic stabilisation has been achieved and, on…