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Unpacking deradicalisation

ONCE again, as the state rolls up its sleeves to rid society of militancy, plans beyond the conventional security operations are under the spotlight. And this includes figuring out how…

Economic Reforms: Part – XLVII

Economic reforms: Part – XLVII

We now turn to the main features of the 7th NFC Award. After agreeing to a set of issues that the NFC were to consider, working groups were constituted to…

Is Radical Reformism Back?

Is radical reformism back?

One thing is certain in this world of uncertainty, chaos and instability: radical left-wing reformism is back. The mood in society has started to change. A strong anti-free market economy…

Adjustments Or Reforms?

Adjustments or reforms?

In the first 100 days of its government, the PTI failed to implement the promised reforms in the governance structure, the judicial system, the economy, the civil service and the…

Reforms Not Politics

Reforms not politics

The victory of Imran Khan’s PTI in the July 25 elections has fostered hope that Pakistan may have turned the corner. People believe that the age of incompetence and greed…

Economic Reforms: Part – XVIII

Economic reforms: part – XVIII

During 1988 - 2000, a number of efforts were expended to reform the tax system in the country. In 1985, a tax reforms commission was established to recommend a complete…

Economic Reforms: Part-XXV

Economic reforms: Part-XXV

The second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) was prepared in 2009, after a lapse of eight years. The methodology was getting out of fashion and, in terms of its effectiveness,…

Economic Reforms: Part-XX

Economic reforms: Part-XX

The failure of the wide-ranging tax reforms to raise the tax-to-GDP ratio during 2000-08 made the foundation of the economic achievements of the then military government fragile. This was so…

Legitimising The Radical

Legitimising the radical

Radical Islam is a dilemma for the world. The West understands that since the advent of the 19th and through the course of the 20th century, virtually every corner of…

Economic Reforms: Part – V

Economic reforms: Part – V

Turning our attention away from the tariff differential subsidy (TDS), we look at other distortions caused by pushing public-sector entities to a regulator without divesting them from government ownership. The…