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The Urban Present

The urban present

Soon after the 1998 census results were made public, Reza Ali, an urban planner and researcher from Lahore, wrote a path-breaking article called ‘How urban is Pakistan?’, in which he…

Jailbreak

Jailbreak

After months of planning, 200 Taliban fighters left for Dera Ismail Khan a few hours before Iftar. En route they stopped somewhere between Tank and FR Tank. There, the fighters…

Defunct Economists At Work

Defunct economists at work

Pakistan is in the throes of a serious dilemma inasmuch as the functional aspects of the economy are not working. This happens when the fundamentals are not sound. The structural…

Kathmandu’s Hidden Diners Offer The Real Deal

Kathmandu’s hidden diners offer the real deal

Down a narrow, stone-paved alley a few minutes' walk from Kathmandu's bustling tourist hub of Durbar Square, Uttam Manandhar prepares a tapas-style array of buffalo brain, spine and testicles. It…

Political-bureaucratic Conflict And Economy

Political-bureaucratic conflict and economy

Pakistan has a serious problem on the conflict between two large groups that form part of management of the country - the politicians and the bureaucracy. One may be immune…

Needed Selfless Saints In The Economy

Needed selfless saints in the economy

Saints are supposed to be selfless. That statement has a presumption of truth in it. The reverse has to be proved. The elections and Jambooriat not jamhooriyat has won. Now…

Budget 2013-14

Budget 2013-14

I was not disappointed by the budget 2013-14 - not because it contained any out-of-th-box thinking or indeed any reform measures that would have changed the economy's direction in the…

How Is Pakistan Going To Be Governed?

How is Pakistan going to be governed?

TV anchors are full of themselves and so are the participants. As witnessed here is confusion all round. All those giving advice should put their assets on the web so…