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Democracy In Pakistan An Apology

Democracy in Pakistan an apology

Is Pakistan short on intellect? Not by any standards then why is the constitution so laid bare by the powers that be - military or civil? Constitutional political economy is…

Monopoly On Wisdom

Monopoly on wisdom

The recent book by a former chief of the general staff of the Pakistan Army has only added to what was generally known in informed circles, and once again there…

Politics And The Pipeline

Politics and the pipeline

The ground-breaking ceremony for the Pakistan section of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline last Monday was an event of high symbolic importance. It was designed to seal Pakistan’s commitment to finally…

Gwadar And ‘the Great Game’

Gwadar and ‘the great game’

It is perhaps a less known fact that when President Richard Nixon visited Pakistan in 1973, Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto sought US help to construct a new port at…

Of Distant Dreams And False Myths

Of distant dreams and false myths

The goodwill Indians and Pakistanis manifest for each other can vanish in a jiffy when the hate-mongers on both sides get going. The ensuing slanging match usually takes the form…

Who Stands Where

Who stands where

This time last year, drone attacks, suspended Nato supplies, trade with India and, above all, relations with the US were issues that were causing political temperatures in the country to…

The Undisputed Power

The undisputed power

When one views the pictures of president George W. Bush being informed of 9/11, bewilderment and shock are evident. After all the American mainland, protected by two oceans, had never…

Pipeline Politics

Pipeline politics

The only existing gas pipeline in Pakistan is the Sui gas distribution network that has supplied Pakistani homes, factories and power plants for the past four decades. Pakistan is a…

Time And Space

Time and space

There isn’t a more vocal proponent of the ‘time and space’ dimension in politics than our very own, veritable Shaikh Rasheed of the Lal Haveli. He does, though, mix it…

FATF And AML Compliance Requirements

FATF and AML compliance requirements

1. Legal Measures: Criminalization of Offences, Investigations and Prosecutions: FATF recommendations require Criminalization of money laundering through domestic legislation.1 The recommendations also provide to specify the scope of liability in…