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A BJP-driven U-turn?

A BJP-driven U-turn?

Looking at the U-turn in Indo-Pak relations, January seems a strange month. The change perplexed everyone, because throughout 2012, a perception was built that these belligerent neighbours had finally accepted…

Tax, Power Sectors Need Reforms

Tax, power sectors need reforms

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) team visiting Pakistan on a Post Project Monitoring (PPM) mission a couple of weeks ago emphasised yet again the need for power and tax sector…

Let’s Keep Our Powder Dry

Let’s keep our powder dry

“If they want peace” said Napoleon Bonaparte to the Russian Czar Alexander, “they should avoid the pinpricks that precede canon balls”. He may as well have been addressing Pakistan and…

Ties With India

Ties with India

Preoccupation with domestic issues over the past few weeks should not have prevented Pakistan`s policymakers and informed sections of society from taking note of the dangerous events along the Line…

The Congress And The ‘middle Class’

The Congress and the ‘middle class’

Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as the Congress Party’s vice-president was an organisational non-event. He was already functioning as its Number Two, and dynastically destined to succeed his mother. The appointment’s significance…

Pakistan`s Political Cliff

Pakistan`s political cliff

`CHAOS Theory` is a course taught at many prestigious universities to analyse and predict developments during crises. Pakistan`s short but turbulent political history provides excellent empirical data for such study.…

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…

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 Gathering Storm?

The gathering storm?

The record 125 deaths on January 10, (90 in Quetta alone) caused by bomb blasts and targeted killings, countrywide protests thereafter, and demands for Army takeover of Quetta, magnified the…

Shadow Economy

Shadow economy

A recent BR Research analysis points towards alarming growth in Pakistan's shadow economy. The story titled 'The shadows are growing longer' (published: 10 January 2013) estimated that the country's informal…