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A Strategic Dialogue That Isn’t

A strategic dialogue that isn’t

Last week’s meeting in Washington between Sartaj Aziz and Kerry marked a resumption of the bilateral ministerial-level strategic dialogue after a three-year interruption. It took place in the shadow of…

Positive Signs, Are They?

Positive signs, are they?

Recent developments suggest that global political leadership has finally accepted the economic disparities that now engulf this planet. Frustrated by legislators' inaction throughout 2013 over the rising income disparity all…

Investors Distinguish EM Credit From FX Risks

Investors distinguish EM credit from FX risks

The emerging markets currencies sell-off has intensified this week but not every asset class is in a doom-and-gloom scenario. In the emerging bond markets at least, investors are taking a…

Fatca Is Here! Part- I

Fatca is here! Part- I

The US government is going around the world to find and catch US citizens and green card holders who earn income and accumulate wealth outside the country. The Americans are…

Economic Apartheid

Economic apartheid

Inequality is rising in Pakistan in all its unsavoury dimensions. While we may have had a less-unequal society, in relative terms, for much of our existence, that sliver of solace…

Reasserting The Pakistani State

Reasserting the Pakistani state

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve come across two particularly intriguing accounts by intrepid reporters from different parts of the world. Both deal with human suffering, but the critical…

Privatisation Or Predation?

Privatisation or predation?

King Richard (aka the Lionheart) once declared, “I would have sold London if I could find a buyer”. London was spared; instead bishoprics were sold, gold and silver treasures of…

`Common Man` Rising

`Common man` rising

SOON after the scale of the Aam Aadmi Party`s (AAP) success in the Delhi state elections became apparent, Shah Mahmood Qureshi keenly likened the Indian anti-corruption party to his own.…

A Question Of Propriety

A question of propriety

Since 1977, every government in Pakistan, civil and military alike, has miserably failed to tackle the issues of revenue leakages and illegal accumulation of wealth in a few hands. Every…

Managing Debt

Managing debt

At the outset, this is not another article on the size of the national debt; enough said already on that, except no amount of fantastic imagination can come up with…