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How to make a budget transparent

Karachi is a happening place, and on my recent visit there, I had the opportunity to attend two events that may be of interest to my readers. Ishaque Soomro, a…

COP28 in a time of chaos

The raging Israeli violence in Gaza is feared to cast a dark shadow on the upcoming COP28 climate summit as the climate discussions are also not immune to abusive power…

Capital suggestion: Minimal politics

Fact 1: Presently, four out of every ten Pakistanis find themselves below the poverty line. Fact 2: Over the course of the past three decades, no political government has successfully…

Economic policy needs a hard reset

The present currency crisis in Pakistan is unprecedented. PKR has depreciated against USD from 180 to 305 since March 2022, and now it is a creating a self-feeding bubble. People…

Boys from our neighbourhood

There is no bigger fear than the fear of being led by your contemporaries. Perhaps this feeling is peculiar to your upbringing in Pakistan. Perhaps this is something personal. In…

Stubborn refusal to learn

Most Pakistanis belong to that community who were uniquely blessed to be guided and advised, fourteen centuries back, to seek knowledge even if it required the rigours of travel to…

Constitution via amendments

Celebrating the golden jubilee of the 1973 constitution of Pakistan we have briefly looked at the 25 amendments passed so far. So, what are some of the key lessons and…

The 22nd and 23rd amendments

In the third year of its rule in 2016, the PML-N government decided to further streamline the procedure for the appointment, qualifications and other prerequisites for the chief election commissioner…