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System working

The recent tight win of Joe Biden over Trump shows that the American system is working to absorb the forces that have been left marginalized due to populist politics since…

The myth of the ‘commoners

A recently published article in these pages on June 20, by a civil servant Khurshid Ahmed Khan Marwat, reminded me of my own experience with the bureaucracy. In 1992, as…

IMF: lender of the last resort – II

The primary problem of Pakistan is trade deficit, which for the year 2017/2018 is expected to be around USD 35 billion. Our imports for the year 2017/2018 will be around…

What Killed Muskaan?

What killed Muskaan?

Her pulse was 172. Her blood pressure was 80/40. Her respiratory rate was 56. In medical language, this 13-year-old girl I was attending to was vitally unstable. Surrounded by her…

Source Of Black Money

Source of black money

The same day that this writer’s column on black money was printed (Feb 17), this newspaper carried a report which claimed that Pakistanis had invested Rs430 billion during the last…

The Fortune Hunters

The fortune hunters

Is the socio-political order rotten to the core and on the verge of a breakdown? Well, we owe our profound gratitude to people like Tahirul Qadri who remind us from…

The Feel-good Factor

The feel-good factor

What makes countries tick and sustain high growth rates? Conventional wisdom and experience could never have predicted an economy with a heavy footprint of government (China) to grow at double-digit…

The enlightened coup

This month marked 21 years since General Musharraf toppled the heavily-mandated Muslim League government led by an increasingly assertive and aspiring Ameer ul Momineen in Nawaz Sharif. In a script…