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Changing Trends

Changing trends

Political parties differ in a variety of ways, eg in their ideology, their leadership’s socio-economic background and their national or ethnic focus. The types of parties representing a region reflect…

And So They Went On

And so they went on

The other day I happened to overhear a group of post-graduate students discussing what constituted the principal or fundamental problem of Pakistan. Here is a summarised account of the debate.…

The Morning After

The morning after

THE votes have been cast and are now being counted. Whoever wins, we hope they are good for democracy, peace, the rule of law, growth and development: we hope they…

Supply And Demand

Supply and demand

In economics, demand is "how much of something people want" and supply is "how much of something is available". Price, in a competitive market, is “derived by the interaction of…

Ideology Of Pakistan

Ideology of Pakistan

There have been several articles dealing either directly or indirectly with the Ideology of Pakistan. I was surprised to read an editorial in Business Recorder stating that; "General Sher Ali…

Cricket And Politics

Cricket and politics

Cricket commands creed-like devotion in Pakistan and cricketers frequent the list of national heroes, though they can be turned into villains in no time in case they don’t measure up…

The ESCAP Survey

The ESCAP survey

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) launched its flagship document – the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013 (hereafter survey)…

Economic Effects Of Elections

Economic effects of elections

There is a flutter of activities now that elections are upon us. I have been a bit dismayed at elections not because this election may not be fair (it never…

The ESCAP Survey

The ESCAP survey

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) launched its flagship document – the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013 (hereafter survey)…

Of IMF And Things To Come

Of IMF and things to come

There is no use in avoiding the obvious - it is best that we as a nation reconcile ourselves to the fact that another IMF programme is inevitable. If there…