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The Security Challenge

The security challenge

Economic interdependence between nations is a reality of today. Even countries like the US or China are not totally self-reliant. An economic shock in one region sends waves throughout the…

Kashmir Compromise

Kashmir compromise

PM Nawaz Sharif should be applauded for his attitude and initiatives in regard to maintaining peace and improving relations with India. (Little did I imagine I would ever write about…

Vision And Grit

Vision and grit

After two months of reticence on his government’s policies, Nawaz has been doing a lot of talking of late, both on the economy – which he considers to have been…

High Stakes

High stakes

In view of the high stakes involved in the Pak-India détente, fewer things can be more unfortunate for the people of the two countries than being on a warpath. The…

The science of life

In an earlier article, I wrote about how the field of nanotechnology is impacting developments in electronics, pharmaceuticals, new materials and many other areas. Fascinating developments have also taken place…

Sindh and the dam

Pakistan’s new power policy is conspicuously silent on the critical Kalabagh dam project, reflecting the government’s indifference towards the project. The Kalabagh dam (KBD) is the only project in Pakistan…

Emphasising development

Five years of economic mismanagement and poor governance by the previous regime have not only damaged the economy but also severely weakened key institutions of the country like the State…

‘Qarz Burhao, Mulk Bigarho

‘Qarz burhao, mulk bigarho

In 1997 the slogan of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) was 'Qarz Utaro, Mulk Sanwaro' [retire debt, adorn country], which is reversed in 2013 as all efforts are underway to increase…

Criminal Economics

Criminal economics

They've turned all of Lyari into beggars, complained a senior law enforcement official in an off the record chat with me once. He was referring to some notorious gangsters in…