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Change In Guard

Change in guard

As his closest professional confidante, the choice of chief of the general staff (CGS) is usually a strong indicator of the army chief’s preference for a successor. Passing him over…

Year Of Transitions

Year of transitions

2013 was a year of transitions when new leaderships assumed charge of the government, judiciary and the army. The year saw the realignment of power between different state institutions in…

Azad On Pakistan

Azad on Pakistan

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was an influential Congress leader of the Independence Movement. He was a scholar, an historian, and linguist and a religious scholar. At the age of 35…

Power: Hard, Soft And Smart

Power: hard, soft and smart

Power is nothing more than the ability to get others to do what you want. For doing that you require tools of coercion or payment, or ‘hard power’, and tools…

How The Mighty Have Fallen!

How the mighty have fallen!

There was a time when elected prime ministers were deposed, incarcerated under harsh conditions, executed or deported with impunity and utter disregard for the law, the constitution and the will…

Incentives, Class, Unions & Reform

Incentives, class, unions & reform

There is no chance whatsoever of substantial reform of any element of the Pakistani state without the active participation and ownership of government employees. This seems a simple enough proposition…

The Remaking Of PPP

The remaking of PPP

The interest a large section of society showed in Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s speech of last Friday is understandable. The qualities of leadership he can display will be an important factor…

Is The PPP Dying After BB?

Is the PPP dying after BB?

Time stops for no one, they say. And so it has continued moving forward since the cruel incident that rocked my very world and that of many others who truly…

Fatca Is Here! Part – II

Fatca is here! Part – II

Part - II Ongoing compliance structure, reporting and eventual withholding guidelines regarding US persons’ account will be described by the US government in the inter-governmental agreement between the American and…

How Lazy Nations Respond

How lazy nations respond

Once upon a time, not very long ago, speaking openly about Pakistan’s problems was considered impolite. Then suddenly, Gen Musharraf one day decided to fire a judge of rather ordinary…