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What should Pakistan do? (Part – II)

Pakistan was the first country in the history of the world to have been created through the power of the vote. Quaid e Azam had said that “Democracy is in…

Defunding of public higher education

When one is looking for higher-ed statistics in Pakistan, they must be pieced together from multiple sources and cross-checked to ensure they make sense. However, occasionally, you come across longitudinal…

A low growth trap: assessing challenges

Over the past two years, the Pakistani economy has weathered a highly turbulent period. Inflation reached unprecedented levels, marking a historical peak, while real economic growth plunged into negative territory…

There’s need to focus on economy

Breaking a two-week impasse following elections, Pakistan’s political power-brokers, after extensive negotiations, have reached an agreement to form a new coalition government with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to lead the centre supported by…

Challenging times

With the unfolding of a new chapter in Pakistan’s checkered political history, the much turbulent and fought for milestone of holding the elections in the country with the formation of…

Challenges before the new finance minister

President Asif Ali Zardari has taken oath from the newly-inducted Federal Cabinet headed by second time Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif. Among the 19-member cabinet, 13 are members of…

Question of age

SHEHBAZ Sharif is the new prime minister of Pakistan and the first one to sit in this chair for consecutive terms; he is also the second to get here after having served…

Make your vote count

Elections in Pakistan are mostly influenced by voters’ emotions. The 2024 general elections see voters fuelled with a drive for revenge. This shows that our voting patterns lack objective reasoning…

Economy on a knife-edge after election

With ballot-box rigging, arbitrary arrests, politicization of the judiciary, media censorship, and endless internet blackouts, democracy has become a distant memory in Pakistan. The elections held on February 8, after…

Who should be the finance minister?

Asking the wrong question is one of the most prominent qualities of the Pakistani public discourse. ‘Who should be the finance minister?’ is the wrong question. Whoever is made finance…