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Programmed To Fail?

Programmed to fail?

Pakistan`s latest IMF borrowing arrangement has generated a fair degree of public comment and discussion. Unfortunately, most of the debate has taken place outside parliament, and almost all of it…

Battling Imbalances

Battling imbalances

When selecting policy instruments and the timing of interventions, a key question that bedevils decision-makers in the country is how to facilitate growth and contain inflation simultaneously. It has been…

Winds Of Change In Iran

Winds of change in Iran

It seems a thaw is taking place between US and Iranian relations which were at loggerheads for the last three decades. In fact, interplay of Iran's internal developments and foreign…

Denying Realities

Denying realities

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's much talked-about visit to Washington ended with precious little in terms of securing clear US commitments to the issues discussed with President Obama - drone attacks,…

Successful Visit

Successful visit

  This week past the focus of Pakistani media's attention was on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's four-day scheduled visit to the United States and his meetings with several Obama administration…

Making Pakistan A ‘part Of The Solution’

Making Pakistan a ‘part of the solution’

Next week’s scheduled meeting between Nawaz and Obama in Washington, the first between them, will also be the first at that level between the two countries after about 18 months.…

Security Is Imperative

Security is imperative

When Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assumed his third term in office, he proposed unconditional talks to India; sought a rapprochement with Hamid Karzai in Kabul; and offered negotiations to the…

The UN Is Past Its Sell-by Date

The UN is past its sell-by date

Remember Muammar Qaddafi? Of course, who could forget the inimitable colonel and his matchless antics at home and abroad! There are lessons for all those given to delusions of grandeur…

Fighting By Proxy

Fighting by proxy

What are India’s top two fears? A repeat of 1989 when some of the mujahideen groups from the 1979 war against the Soviets in Afghanistan were diverted to augment the…

Curse Of Corruption

Curse of corruption

After an inordinate delay Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has been appointed the NAB chairman. A credible bureaucrat with an impeccable record, he has the right CV. The unfortunate controversy about his…