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Social inequality

At the prompting of the Biden administration, the world’s capitalist politicians, CEOs and bought-off journalists have let flow a deluge of crocodile tears over the global food crisis, which they…

Significance of Planning Commission

Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Shaukat Tarin, after four months in office, announced, in the presence of eight cabinet ministers and members of the Economic Advisory Council, the blueprint…

Taxes, inflation & social welfare

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has achieved a historic milestone of collecting taxes of Rs 4.17 trillion in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, for which…

State, citizens and social media

Over the last five years or so, we have seen a growing number of Pakistani bureaucrats, especially deputy commissioners (DCs), actively use social media platforms to engage with citizens. This…

The once-in-a-year commission

A few days ago, the federal government announced the reconstitution of the ‘National Commission on Minorities.’ Hailed, as usual, as a ‘historic’ decision, the announcement also noted that the commission’s…

A New Social Contract

A new social contract

We are told that Pakistan is facing serious threats at its eastern and western borders – and indeed it is a reality that the situation on both fronts is serious.…

Education And Social Justice

Education and social justice

In the 9/11 commission report it was recommended that Pakistan should be given more financial support in order to improve its education sector. There was a concern that madressahs were…

An Education Commission

An education commission

Created in 2002, the HEC assigned itself the role of a facilitator for institutes of higher learning. From day one, it thus abdicated from the leadership function and settled for…

A Social Democratic Alternative

A social democratic alternative

The mainstream parliamentary parties are being eroded as the alignment of democratic forces breaks down and the Charter of Democracy evaporates at the altar of expediency. With this erosion, the…