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Water woes

David Brower shared a poignant reflection on our relationship with the earth: "We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." In an era where…

Kafkaesque set-up

THE emerging contours of our new set-up depict a murky labyrinth hiding the conflicting pulls of the elite interests of multiple power centres, none of them aligned with the public…

Strategic leadership and statecraft — Part I

For Pakistanis in their present condition, it would be irrelevant to discuss strategic leadership and statecraft without reference to the realities that prevail in the world and their country. Constitutionally,…

Comprehensive security

Daunting challenges await the new governments as they get ready to assume the reins of power. In particular, the new federal government will face an extremely difficult situation as it…

Corruption, justice and accountability

Pakistan’s ranking on the global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), announced this week by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog, Transparency International, shows that during 2023 the country’s ranking was 133 while the…

Beyond colonial legacies—I

The economic crisis in Pakistan primarily stems from two critical issues: the absence of constitutional governance and widespread bad governance. These core problems have led to a significant disconnection between…

Outgoing caretakers & challenges ahead

In August 2023, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar assumed the charge of interim Prime Minister of Pakistan, marking the commencement of the eighth caretaker government. With general elections held yesterday, the tenure of…