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Understanding judicial chaos

“Fear cuts deeper than swords” — George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones LIKE the Supreme Court of Pakistan, it is normal for the supreme courts of other countries to…

Understanding austerity

There is a general confusion in Pakistan, whereby austerity policies are taken as belt-tightening in terms of prioritising against less important expenditures or reduction in expenditures with regard to running…

Understanding the present crisis

Understanding the problem is half the solution. This article spells out the top three problems that constitute the present crisis: an urgent (“dollar”), an immediate (“fiscal”), and an underlying longer-term…

China: developing a strong socialist culture

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has attached great importance to the development…

Understanding the ordinary

A comprehensive understanding of the life of a ‘commoner’ and the means and methods of people’s upward social mobility is mandatory for urban planning. For reasons well-understood, city planners and…

Understanding the music

The article below was written three years ago in response to the various versions of the anthem posted on social media by anyone who could sing, play an instrument, or…

Understanding the IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) made no mention of the devastating floods in Pakistan in its press release dated 29 August titled ‘IMF Executive Board completes the combined Seventh and…

Understanding the Dua case [Part – I]

What transpired on April 16, 2022 and the events that subsequently unravelled therefrom were bewildering enough but certain intriguing conundrums surfaced that were left forsaken by commentators. One question that…

Understanding the Dua case [Part – II]

The Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 unequivocally defines a child as someone under the age of 16 while provisions of Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 stipulate that children under the age…

NSP and social cohesion

PAKISTAN is perhaps the first South Asian country which has now a comprehensive national security doctrine in documented form. The country’s friends and foes can interpret it in their own…