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Annual budget: a useless exercise

GOVERNMENTS create a lot of waste. Pakistan recently witnessed this in the form of the sugar scandal (courtesy of government subsidies and regulations), a recurrent theme in our economic history.…

Fait accompli

SAY there’s this couple who have been dating each other for years, but who have always denied any such relationship despite the fact that they’re always seen in cosy corners,…

System improvement?

THE PTI government, despite two years of doom and gloom, has come up with a couple of positive developments: the control of Covid-19 and the positive movement in the economy…

Census & the city

THE federal cabinet has approved the 2017 census results. Some political parties, including those with greater stakes in Karachi, have announced their opposition to this decision. The city’s population figures…

Policing the police

POLICE accountability is much discussed but less implemented. It constitutes holding the police responsible for what they do, organisationally or individually, and monitoring their policies and practices, addressing issues such…

Twilight zone

IN less extraordinary times, the certification of electoral college votes on Capitol Hill is little more than a formality. Today, however, the usually sedate ceremony in Washington is likely to…

To my dear friend Zain

January 30, 2021 was a tragic day for those of us who lost a great friend, an upright human being, an avid reader and a Marxist thinker beyond excellence –…

Suicide or murder?

FOR an accused in Pakistan, redemption lies in the ability to plead your innocence in front of those who matter. Sadly, they are not the courts because, had it been…

NTC wants HEC-Microsoft programme renewal put on hold

The National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) has raised questions over Higher Education Commission`s (HEC) agreement with Microsoft Corporation and proposed an audit of the utilisation of the accounts from the last…

The opposition matters

BY holding two successful public meetings, the first congregation at Gujranwala and the second one at Karachi, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has made a healthy contribution to the country’s…