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The Lost Half Of A Decade

The lost half of a decade

The ruling coalition in Pakistan ceaselessly brags that it is the first "democratically elected" government that will be completing its term. As the curtain rings down on its five-year tenure,…

No Guilt Or Shame

No guilt or shame

High and rising debt constitutes a serious threat to economic prosperity for a number of reasons. It acts as a major impediment to growth and hence to employment creation and…

Sustainable Development

Sustainable development

The Rio+20 summit on sustainable development held last June did not attract major headlines in the mainstream media despite its existential implications. In any case, the summit`s painfully negotiated and…

In Karachi’s Mirror

In Karachi’s mirror

That first SMS I received on Friday morning could well have been a good morning wish. But it brought bad news. The message from friend Kamran Arif just said that…

Before Disaster Strikes

Before disaster strikes

Another high-profile, low-output meeting on Afghanistan has been held. On February 3-4 Prime Minister David Cameron met the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan at Chequers, his country residence, for trilateral…

New Bailout Package

New bailout package

The government, at the fag end of its tenure, has reportedly invited International Monetary Fund (IMF) for negotiating a three-year bailout programme. It is a rather surprising move, especially its…

The State And Economic Development

The state and economic development

The role of the Pakistani state in the country’s economy has recently come under scrutiny - in reference to the ongoing electricity and natural gas/CNG crisis. The argument usually put…

Lessons Of ‘long March’

Lessons of ‘long march’

Dr. Tahirul Qadri’s long march to Islamabad is over and done. It shook the political spectrum — at least for the five days that it held the nation in thrall.…

Hostage Drama In Algeria

Hostage drama in Algeria

On January 6, the Algerian military stormed the Tinguentourine natural gas facility in Amenas, where three dozen Al Qaeda-linked terrorists were holding hostages. It has been established that American, British,…

The Orphan Economy

The orphan economy

There are at least six different parties and groups giving their own views about the state of the economy and the required direction of policies, and their viewpoints differ drastically…