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The great Indian political circus: Part – I

There are many similarities between the economic situation that India faced in the early 1990s and the one Pakistan currently faces. Last year, I wrote a series of articles that…

The great Indian political circus: Part – II

In January 1990, tensions in Kashmir allowed the BJP to capitalize on it to fan its extremist agenda. Immediately after coming to power, the VP Singh government introduced the 62nd…

Leadership and economics

Upon the conclusion of every single overseas visit I am filled with sadness and a deep sense of disillusionment. This is despite a divinely blessed deep reservoir of optimistic attitude…

People, politicians and political space

When Imran Khan came to power in 2018 many hoped he would break the hold of the corrupt and inefficient two-party system, which had controlled Pakistan’s political space since 1988.…

Leadership needs to undergo surgery

Our economic imbalances need surgery, as in every crisis lies an opportunity. The question this raises is whether Pakistan is ready to correct its imbalances in the operating theatre and…

The ‘tameer’ of leadership

I wanted to write this week’s column on the amazing story of Tameer Bank as narrated in a new book by Nadeem Hussain, who was the founder and CEO of…

Unending political conflict

Imran Khan has claimed that unknown assassins were positioned at the Judicial Complex Islamabad on March 18, 2023 when he had to appear (finally) in court in the Toshakhana case…

Political entanglements

When the coalition government replaced the PTI-led government last year to clear what it called the mess created by the gross incompetence of Imran Khan and sheer misgovernance by his…

Ending political instability

With a seesaw between the PTI and the government on provincial assembly elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, President Alvi has fired a salvo by announcing the elections of the…

Geopolitical realities

Towards the end of international conflicts certain new blocs generally emerge, owing to the long-term economic interests of global powers. Today, a whole new set of geoeconomic issues has come…