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No more doctrines

Conventionally, the word ‘doctrine’ has two meanings. A doctrine can be “a set of principles or beliefs, especially religious ones”. A doctrine can also be “a statement of official government…

Chefs in the kitchen

Spoilt children are good at making messes, bad at cleaning up. If there ever was a parable for the Pakistani elite, it is this. But there are others. If you…

Some grace, Mr PM

Imran Khan and his party have decided to fight back – but fight back against whom? Rather than conceding that all is lost and let the constitutional process run its…

Terrorism financing in Pakistan

Terrorism is a contested term -- difficult to define, and a cause of contention in academics and policymaking for years. There is no universal definition of terrorism. According to the…

An apartheid state

Another Palestinian human being was murdered by Israeli security forces on May 11th 2022 in the Palestinian city of Jenin. This time the victim of the occupation and apartheid was…

Keeping PM Sharif up at night

“Canst thou, O partial sleep, give thy repose/ To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude;/ And in the calmest and most stillest night,/ With all appliances and means…

How money is laundered

Money laundering is a widely used term in Pakistan. To what extent a layperson understands this voguish jargon is a myth. In the hyper-partisan politics of Pakistan, these words are…

The right to know

THE right to know took its own time to arrive. It is not explicitly guaranteed in the Indian constitution. But the Indian supreme court spelt it out in connection with…

Primary versus budget deficit

Setting time bound quantitative targets for primary deficit, defined as minus interest and repayment of principal as and when due, is a new International Monetary Fund (IMF) condition for Pakistan…