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Reimagining governance

One of the frameworks that has been most influential in shaping my understanding of governance has been the Capability, Accountability and Responsiveness or CAR framework, developed in the early 2000s…

Unsafe streets

Rising crime in Pakistan seems to be threatening the social fabric of Pakistani society. Some argue that while street crimes get more attention in the media, other crimes remain ignored.…

Terror issues

The alleged suicide attack, due to which five Chinese citizens and a Pakistani driver lost their lives, is most terrible, horrific and condemnable. At the government level, the prime minister…

Digital safety

Canada has introduced very important legislation to make social media platforms accountable for combating harmful content on the internet and for ensuring a safer digital space for all people in…

Charter of national revival

Pakistan needs more than a Charter of Economy. It needs a Charter of National Revival, based on a 4D strategy: Deregulate, Devolve, Deradicalize and Digitize. Deradicalization is a prerequisite to…

Christians in India fearful as election looms

Church walls crumble in India’s Kandhamal district, where brutal attacks on Christians 16 years ago means many survivors still worry about their minority’s place in a Hindu-majority nation. With India’s…

A plethora of issues

Normally one tries to focus on one critical issue that appears to be central when sitting down to pen these columns. However, such is the state of things in Pakistan…

Destined to fail?

DESTINY in social science refers to likely cause and effect links versus a pre-ordained view of fatalism. One such political link is that the quality of outcomes of a regime…

The price of extremism

After a flurry of praise for the police officer who saved her life, most Pakistanis seem to have forgotten the incident in Lahore involving the woman who was accused of…