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Relying On Resilience

Relying on resilience

We do not really admire the people of our country sufficiently. They deserve round after round of applause for simply surviving deeply flawed governance and what appears to be complete…

When The Young Cannot Be Young

When the young cannot be young

A little more than a year ago and less than a week after the horrific attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School (APS), I was in Charsadda. At the New Muslim…

Effective Policy

Effective policy

Public policy is supposed to forward the public interest. Governments exist to do so. However, this is far from the case in Balochistan, where public policy is engineered in a…

Is This Democracy?

Is this democracy?

Patriotic Pakistanis spend many sleepless nights brooding incessantly whether Pakistan’s democracy brand is genuine. Having concluded glumly that it is not, based on unrealistic comparisons with Western countries, many call…

‘Jewels In Rags’

‘Jewels in rags’

AS in the past, this year, too, the examiners in Punjab’s education system have found some poor students, most of them belonging to the lowest rung of the working class,…

District Universities

District universities

Whereas many teachers have rejected the recently floated idea of district universities, it does have some appealing aspects. Opponents of the Higher Education Commission’s proposition have made two major arguments…

Gwadar: The Missing Link

Gwadar: the missing link

The controversy over alterations in the route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is currently the major source of conflict between the federal government and the provinces. This conflict temporarily…

Pakistan As A Regional Manufacturing Hub?

Pakistan as a regional manufacturing hub?

Alongside are the excerpts from the key-note address that the writer delivered at Lahore School of Economics last month. Manufacturing's share in GDP increased from about 8 percent in 1950 to…

Mercurial Legacy Of Handshakes

Mercurial legacy of handshakes

The Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India shook hands and met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation meeting in Ufa, Russia, on Friday July 10, 2015. The handshake…

The Right To Speak

The right to speak

I was invited to speak at a seminar at Karachi University entitled Baloch Missing Persons and the Role of State and Society on May 6, organised by Dr Riaz Ahmed…