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Corruption, justice and accountability

Pakistan’s ranking on the global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), announced this week by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog, Transparency International, shows that during 2023 the country’s ranking was 133 while the…

Beyond colonial legacies—I

The economic crisis in Pakistan primarily stems from two critical issues: the absence of constitutional governance and widespread bad governance. These core problems have led to a significant disconnection between…

Outgoing caretakers & challenges ahead

In August 2023, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar assumed the charge of interim Prime Minister of Pakistan, marking the commencement of the eighth caretaker government. With general elections held yesterday, the tenure of…

Joe Biden’s dilemma

The killing of three US servicemen in a drone strike on the Syrian-Jordanian border, claimed by Iran-backed group Islamic Resistance in Iraq (IRI), means the Gaza war has claimed its…

Pakistan & ESG implementation

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) values act as the guiding principle for a corporate sector’s obligation to the environment and community. For the responsible investors, ESG criteria is a litmus…

Money talks in politics

Money talks in politics and political processes globally, which necessitates regulations to ensure democratic values associated with accountability and transparency are not undermined - values that many a Pakistani political…

Deeper partnerships

At the start of 2024, Europeans are deeply concerned by the ongoing Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and by the conflict that has broken out again in the Middle…

Things a ‘bat’ would make them do

It is only the symbol of a ‘bat’, but it already has a million stories associated with it. The more the orchestrators try to oust it from people’s imagination, the…

Global economic outlook 2024

By unlocking big, bold investments, we can drive sustainable development and climate action and put the global economy on a stronger growth path for all. We must build on the…