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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…

The great Indian political circus: Part – I

There are many similarities between the economic situation that India faced in the early 1990s and the one Pakistan currently faces. Last year, I wrote a series of articles that…

People, politicians and political space

When Imran Khan came to power in 2018 many hoped he would break the hold of the corrupt and inefficient two-party system, which had controlled Pakistan’s political space since 1988.…

The political is all personal

The political economy of Pakistan is shaped by a complex interplay of formal rules and informal deals among elites. It has become important to explore the role of political connections,…

Political entanglements

When the coalition government replaced the PTI-led government last year to clear what it called the mess created by the gross incompetence of Imran Khan and sheer misgovernance by his…

Ending political instability

With a seesaw between the PTI and the government on provincial assembly elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, President Alvi has fired a salvo by announcing the elections of the…

Political turbulence has affected FDI inflows

Given its brittle balance of payments position and urgent need to boost industrial production, Pakistan must progressively increase its mobilization of foreign resources; and that is not just an argument!…

Misconceived ML-1 railway project

During a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif early this month, both sides are reported to have agreed to immediately activate their respective teams of…