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Municipal Self-governance

Municipal self-governance

In Pakistan, the poor are subjected to heavy and cruel taxation to finance the luxuries of militro-judicial-civil complex and politicians - who enjoy free or concessional perquisites, benefits, including expensive…

Getting The Optics Wrong

Getting the optics wrong

THE Sharif government may possibly get the substance right in the long run but its `optics` for now are hardly confidenceinspiring. In this day and age of 24/7 media, particularly…

The Beijing Follow-up

The Beijing follow-up

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently made a highly productive six-day visit to China, his first-ever foreign trip after assuming office. His Chinese counterpart Premier Li Keqiang too had included Pakistan…

Introspection, What’s That?

Introspection, what’s that?

A week after IMF and Pakistan came to an understanding on the terms under which the IMF will extend its $5.3bn Extended Finance Facility (EFF) an IMF spokesman told the…

View Point: The Coup In Egypt

View Point: The coup in Egypt

We in Pakistan are all too familiar with what has happened in Egypt: military ousting an elected government and putting its leader in prison. It looks a bit different though.…

The Key Challenge

The key challenge

Until last week, some Pakistani economists were opposed to any fresh borrowing from the IMF. Ironically, this lot included some key state office-holders who claimed that Pakistan had sufficient exchange…

Sartaj And The Afghan Crisis

Sartaj and the Afghan crisis

The inane illusions of the Karzai regime and its habitual outbursts against Pakistan have become a source of laughter even to the philistine. This was again in evidence on Monday…

Agenda For Peace Process

Agenda for peace process

There was much more than a sense of formality in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s congratulations to Mian Nawaz Sharif on the impressive victory of the PML-N in the May 11…

Of Human Bondage

Of human bondage

The US State Department released the ‘Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, 2013 on June 19. The report has been regularly issued every year since 2001. It grades different countries of…