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Five Years

Five years

In the political arena, President Asif Ali Zardari has laid the foundation of three traditions that Pakistan’s political history has so far been completely devoid of: politics of reconciliation, not…

Nawaz In Wonderland

Nawaz in Wonderland

PML-N’s 2013 elections manifesto brings to mind the fairy-tale ‘Alice in Wonderland’. “If you don’t know where you are going, then it doesn’t matter which way you go”. This seems…

The Worst Era Ever?

The worst era ever?

The last PPP government is frequently termed as Pakistan’s worst. Some use such assessments to merely lambast the PPP. Others argue that incompetence was so extraordinary that it proves that…

What Are The Caretakers Up To?

What are the caretakers up to?

The caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso received briefings from different ministries/departments and took more than a week to identify fifteen individuals as his cabinet members. One of the…

It Is 11 O`clock

It is 11 o`clock

Arithmetic obviously matters, for democracy is a game of numbers. But there is a smarter way for a minority government to ensure stability: good governance. Dr Manmohan Singh has the…

Creative Economics

Creative economics

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.-Voltaire The concept implied by the title may appear nefarious, perhaps even prejudiced, coming from someone whose origins lie in a profession,…

Khoso’s Tasks

Khoso’s tasks

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is facing huge shortage in revenue collection despite resorting to all sorts of negative tactics and highhandedness, destroying the already fragile economy. The FBR…

The Bubble That Burst

The bubble that burst

Gen Pervez Musharraf has returned to the country. This time, mercifully, his return has not been heralded by a posse of armed soldiers clambering over a gate to pave the…

Institutional Pillage

Institutional pillage

`Fiscal Neanderthals`. This is how a friend used to describe the finance and FBR bureaucracy and their parliamentary `handlers` after each bout of resistance to tax reform and the introduction…