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Pakistan in a new world

Analysts often promote the perception that the world order has moved away from cooperation and conciliation towards coercion and confrontation but fail to identify the phase when the world was…

World Bank needs to revisit its policy and lending focus

In its recently released report ‘Pakistan development update October 2023: restoring fiscal sustainability’ the World Bank (WB), just like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) policy thinking, including as highlighted in…

The world of mercenaries

Mercenary entrepreneurship is thriving across the world partly due to never-ending regional conflicts of a complex nature, ranging from small-scale land mafias to large-scale wars in different places. Outsourcing is…

Failing to keep up with a changing world

For the last three decades, Pakistanis have been preoccupied with jihad in their neighbourhood and an unending internal power struggle at home. As a result, Pakistan’s national discourse has failed…

A sense of the world

It had been raining for hours, though not as heavily as our monsoon downpours, when we ventured out on a drive. It was early in the afternoon last Sunday, well…