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A highly flammable summer

It was the biggest mystery. For months, since the economy started to slide into an entirely predictable and avoidable crisis, well to do Pakistanis would cite restaurant traffic and the…

The competition gap

THE promulgation of Pakistan’s first Competition Ordinance in October 2007, in the same week as the more infamous National Reconciliation Ordinance, was a legislative non-event. Not only was the country preoccupied…

Shaken and stirred by Imran Khan

Three things have happened in the last ten days that have put Pakistan even more firmly on a default trajectory than it was on before. First, China has injected a…

When women wonder

‘Power’ seems to contain infinite possibilities and prospects of varying degrees as well as implied guarantees of wealth and influence. It is a word that has had an interesting trajectory…

Afghanistan coffers swell

A dusty logjam of trucks inches across a rut in the mountains splitting Pakistan and Afghanistan, teeming with a cargo of fruit and coal — and paying the Taliban authorities…

Watch thy neighbours–I

Economic strength of a nation determines its political and global weightage. India is one example which is making the most out of it. Authorities in India have adopted laws and policies that systematically…

Understanding the present crisis

Understanding the problem is half the solution. This article spells out the top three problems that constitute the present crisis: an urgent (“dollar”), an immediate (“fiscal”), and an underlying longer-term…

Environmental sustainability under EU’s GSP+ — II

Pakistan has ratified all conventions related to climate change and ozone depleting substances (ODSs). The global GHG emissions data indicates that Pakistan contributes to around 1% to these emissions (UNEP…