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Financial Tsunami

Financial tsunami

Political tsunami, as popularised by Imran Khan, is now well-known in Pakistan. What is not known is ‘financial tsunami’, which has struck Pakistani shores in the last two weeks. This…

Society At Fault

Society at fault

While rushing bills through parliament last week, the government neglected to take up the 23rd Amendment bill, which seeks an increase in the number of seats for minorities. Staging walkouts,…

Leadership Criteria

Leadership criteria

It is often stated that the real reason behind the world`sperennial financial, economic and political crises is the lack of ethical leadership. If one ponders over the state of affairs…

It Is Patronage, Stupid!

It is patronage, stupid!

The story goes that the Italian Christian Democratic Party had a very elaborate system of patronage and vote-buying. It devised innovative methods to ensure that people voted as per promise…

Verbose Failure

Verbose failure

Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, the fourth finance minister of the present regime, resigned from his post on February 19. He remained the finance minister for almost three years and presented…

Not A Perfect World

Not a perfect world

TheIran-Pakistan pipeline is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Islamabad and Tehran have signed an agreement to press ahead with the project and Tadbir Energy has offered…

Creeping Anarchy

Creeping anarchy

Originating from multiple sources, the creeping anarchy in the country is systematic and constant. Democracy (‘the best revenge’) being a convenient camouflage for their ulterior motives, different militant groups have…

The Care They Can Take

The care they can take

The constitution is silent on the precise role of the caretaker government. There is a general agreement that the caretaker setup should not take any action that favors one political…

Aid And Achievemen

Aid and achievemen

Speaking at an event in Jacobabad last week, US Ambassador Richard Olson said that his country would continue to build “a long-term partnership with Pakistan by extending cooperation in several…

The Lost Half Of A Decade

The lost half of a decade

The ruling coalition in Pakistan ceaselessly brags that it is the first "democratically elected" government that will be completing its term. As the curtain rings down on its five-year tenure,…