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The paradox of the Superior Services

It is that time of the year when around two hundred ambitious young men and women, as well as their families, celebrate their success in the Central Superior Services –…

Enabler of a dirty bomb

The justification George W Bush gave for the 2003 Iraq invasion was an accusation of Saddam’s ramping up Iraq’s nuclear programme and possession of WMDs. These criminally false claims were…

Rewiring Budget 2022

Budgets intuitively have to be about ideas. Ideas shaping expectations of economic agents and giving them real hope about a better future. Ideas nurturing economic growth. Ideas detailing a fiscal…

Higher education: governance – Part – I

The recent removal of the chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), by reducing his tenure to just two years from four through an ordinance, has created a controversy and…

The SBP’s autonomy

If you are enraged by the proposed autonomy of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), let me add more fuel to the fire. The SBP needs even more autonomy than…

The HEC in a mess

The HEC has fallen from its glorious days under Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, the first chairperson in 2002, to a complete mess today. It is even worse off than what it was…

Investigate the petroleum losses

The decision of the prime minister to remove SAPM for Petroleum Nadeem Babar and Secretary Petroleum Asad Hayauddin from their posts for losses caused to the exchequer in the petrol…

Demystifying the Daska fog

The recent by election in NA-75 Daska was an eyeopener for everyone. The optics revealed a weak electoral system in Pakistan where political entities tried to deliberately affect the voter…

Too grand a dialogue

FOR the world, the coronavirus vaccine is the solution for 2021 but, in Pakistan, the panacea we are looking for is a grand national dialogue. It’s the flavour of the…

Addictive charity

STATE charity is an opiate: it creates addicts of both the donor and the donee. The poor accept charity because they have little or no option. Governments turn to charity…