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Inequality In Society

Inequality in society

With elections approaching, the usual claims from incumbent political parties of being pro-poor and even ‘revolutionary’ have increased in both frequency and amplitude. Notwithstanding their magnificent promises of ending corruption,…

ECP Can Make History

ECP can make history

There is now widespread consensus within Pakistan that critical to a well-functioning democracy, and to Pakistan’s stability and progress, is that elected officials must be held to the highest possible…

18th Amendment – Fallacious Argument

18th Amendment – fallacious argument

Pakistan has a democratic government? There is no need to talk about this anymore. That devolution has taken place as a result of the 18th Amendment to the constitution. Please…

Supremacy Versus Obligations

Supremacy versus obligations

 The economic challenges the post-election regime will face are massive, but no politician talks about how his/her party will address them. All they do is to label those who ask…

Differences In Perception

Differences in perception

Why do perceptions vary over the outcomes of government policies and actions? In this writer’s view this is because interpretations and some of the official data may not be consistent…

A Frank Assessment

A frank assessment

While briefing a select group of economic journalists on the eve of their precipitate departure from Pakistan, the visiting mission chief of the IMF shared frank assessments of Pakistan’s economy.…

The Real Threat To Democracy

The real threat to democracy

It is time to celebrate. The current democratic order, which appeared to be wobbling and on the brink in the wake of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march and four-day protest…

Feeble But Welcome Signs

Feeble but welcome signs

Two protests of different kinds over an eight-day period helped shape the political landscape in the country in no uncertain terms. That was the past week. After the Jan 10…