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Public transit dream gone sour

FIVE years since field work was initiated in February 2016, the struggle continues to make operational only the Green Line of the Karachi BRT project (now called the Trans Karachi…

The corrosion of a republic

The corrosion of a republic isn’t an event. It is a process. It isn’t a partisan affair. It is wholesale. It is never limited or contained. It is large scale…

Tribal transition

HISTORICALLY, Pakistan’s tribal areas have long stood at the crossroads of governance, culture, and geopolitics. These areas have navigated the complexities of autonomy, marginalisation, and integration within the broader national…

How expensive are public servants?

Pakistan’s economy is in a transitional state with an excessive footprint of the government in social, political, and economic activities. The size of public-sector employment/employees is disproportionately large relative to…

Managing public investment the mission-oriented way

Two renowned intellectuals – Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, and columnist for Guardian George Monbiot – in two separate articles recently, pointed towards a common problem: neoliberalism, and austerity,…

After the transition

The futility of Pakistan’s upcoming elections is becoming increasingly clear, as the main contenders gear up without detailed plans to steer the country out of its prevailing crises. While the…

Hands off our public holiday, cry angry Danes

The Danish government’s plan to abolish a public holiday to help fund the defence budget amid the war in Ukraine is putting Denmark’s cherished welfare model at risk, the country’s…

Transition from ‘Pinky’ to ‘Mohtarma’

Perhaps after Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Nawabzada Liaqat Ali Khan, Pakistan in its twisted history of the last 75 years has produced only two political leaders, who were not born…

Pakistan’s energy transition

Pakistan in 2022 became the canary in the mine of climate change. The flood that ravaged one-third of the country this year came from the sky, not from overflowing rivers.…