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Real challenges and the political game

The formation of a new coalition government is unlikely to end the country’s political turmoil, but it does create an opening to address the many challenges currently faced by Pakistan.…

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…

Analysing the implementation of political manifestos

Since 1950, Pakistan has undergone significant political changes, alternating between military and civilian rules. After 1990, the major political parties like PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz), PPP (Pakistan People’s Party), and…

Where’s our political wisdom?

The recent statement by former prime minister Imran Khan ruling out any possibility of forming an alliance with the PPP is being described by his detractors as a reflection of…

Facts, questions & solutions

‘Asbahna wa asbaha-lmulku lillahi rabb-il’alameen’ (We awake and the country awakes to Allah the Lord of the Universe) — Hadith Sharif PAKISTAN’S population is around 240 million, 90 per cent…

Baloch question

THERE is no single issue that clarifies one’s political position in Pakistan than the Baloch question. This was made brutally clear this past Wednesday night when a caravan of peaceful,…

Without political engineering

Several historians have attempted to answer the ‘What if?’ question about key historical events, creating a genre known as counterfactual history or hypothetical history. The idea behind this effort is…

Some important economic policy questions

The first important policy question facing policymakers is how much role aggregate demand plays in determining inflation? This needs a clear presentation of analysis by policymakers, since the way inflation…

America’s Israel question

In a significant move at the UN General Assembly last week, a non-binding resolution advocating for an immediate humanitarian truce in Gaza sailed through with a vote tally of 120-14.…

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…