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Geopolitical Realities

Geopolitical realities

Last Monday, in one of the last meetings of its soon-to-conclude session, the UN General Assembly decided that intergovernmental negotiations (IGN) on the issue of Security Council reform, which have…

Politics of aggression

Recent protests by the PTI in different parts of the country clearly indicate that former prime minister Imran Khan is determined to follow the confrontational style of politics, plunging the…

Trump’s win

In a seminal decision, the US Supreme Court has delivered a watershed verdict, unanimously vindicating former US president Donald Trump. The ruling firmly asserts that states lack the prerogative to…

What ails public-sector education?

I asked 12 year-old Sultan (pseudonym) to read from his Urdu textbook. He struggled to read a simple sentence (“more sher ki tarha jungle kaa badshah hai”). While he eventually…

Widening Indo-Pak economic divide

This is the final part of a two-part series of articles, highlighting the differences between India and Pakistan’s state of the economy. Cricket, a great if not the only unifier…

All about electoral participation

As elections are likely to be held in January 2024, there is renewed talk about improving electoral participation and making elections credible. On that basis, a discussion paper by Tahir…

What is the lot of citizens?

The storm blowing up in Pakistan after the May 9 violence has not broken just yet. If anything, its severity has gathered speed. Instead of weathering the storm, the ‘most…

High-risk strategy

Since his ouster from power in April 2022, former prime minister Imran Khan adopted a high-risk strategy to regain power and outmaneuver his political opponents. His main objective was to…