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Policing Challenge

Policing challenge

Concern has always been expressed at the state of law enforcement in Balochistan, and last month’s targeted killing of 20 labourers in Turbat once again generated debate on the topic.…

Stifling Thought

Stifling thought

Ity was supposed to be like any other day. Another panel discussion, another debate, another question-and-answer session, and another salutary conclusion thanking the guest speakers for their time. However, unlike…

A Dangerous Lack Of Trust

A dangerous lack of trust

More than 2000 of the world’s top leaders in business, government, international organisations and the academia assembled at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting on January 21-24 to debate the…

Need For Investment

Need for investment

Investment occupies pivotal position in the economic growth (GDP) equation [GDP = consumption + investment + government expenditure + (exports-imports)]. Keeping other variables constant in this equation, increase or decrease…

Fellow Travellers

Fellow travellers

A Colleague collared me in the office canteen the other day and said: “I’m so envious of you. You lived in Pakistan!” “Eh?” is right. Turns out it had nothing…

Power Sector Woes

Power sector woes

A Common refrain in Pakistan today is that the role of the middle class and industry has been reduced to earning enough to pay their monthly electricity bills so that…

The Big Challenge

The big challenge

While we remain entangled in political conflicts like the hitherto unclear origin of the $1.5 billion that flowed in last month, the controversial LNG deal with Qatar, negotiating 'peace' with…

The Brain Regain

The brain regain

In 1968, while studying at the Mons Officer Cadet School in the United Kingdom, I needed to visit a hospital. There I met a doctor who, to my surprise, spoke…

Health Reform In The Air?

Health reform in the air?

The 18th Amendment meant that the health sector has been returned to its original constitutional home in the provinces. This was a bold step undoing the centralised service delivery that,…