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Lahore’s prosperity

“If one were to go by all this flaunted wealth, it would appear that people in this city are living life in another country.” A friend of mine from Karachi…

Less Talk, More Action

Less talk, more action

Given the sharply rising arc of terrorist violence in the country, any work undertaken to revive the economy will be nothing more than tinkering at the margins. What is required…

Making A Meal Of It

Making a meal of it

WHILE growing up in Lahore a long, long time ago, eating out with the family usually entailed a choice between Shezan Oriental and Shezan Continental. The menu item I invariably…

Where Does The AAP Stand?

Where does the AAP stand?

As the Lok Sabha election looms, India’s political battle lines are being redrawn. The Congress, mauled in recent elections, is dispirited. Rahul Gandhi’s probable anointment as its prime ministerial candidate…

‘Tuk-tuk’ Governance

‘Tuk-tuk’ governance

Recognising how slowly things move in developing countries, I had decided that six months would be a more meaningful period even for an initial review and had consequently held my…

An Eventful Year

An eventful year

Pakistan is an eventful country but some years are more eventful than others. The year 2013 was one such year. In this one calendar year, heads of all state institutions,…

Reversing The Rot

Reversing the rot

The abysmal condition of social science education in Pakistan has been a topic of some discussion over the last decade. Summarily speaking, the issues found to be plaguing the study…

Mindless Populism

Mindless populism

It has been over four weeks now since the Nato ground supply line through the Torkham border was blocked. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has declared it a tactical victory for its…

Joyride Or Journey?

Joyride or journey?

The Delhi Metro ferries millions from the farthest suburbs of India’s capital city to their places of work or study or amusement. In its many assignments, on the odd day,…