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Aid as a development imperative

The US administration has threatened that aid to Pakistan will be scaled back further if their 'do more' instructions are met with a lacklustre response. Interestingly, the people of the…

Balancing foreign loans with sustained growth

In order to achieve debt sustainability, improve living standards and absorb the growing labour force, Pakistan’s economy must grow at a rate greater than 8 percent for a minimum period…

‘Aid-to-Afghanistan Consortium’?

Afghanistan is facing a severe economic downturn that could throw many millions into poverty and hunger, may generate a massive wave of refugees from the war-torn country and indeed set…

The continuing foreign policy catastrophe

Appeasement of India, paralysis, vacillation, attack on diplomats, and loudspeaker diplomacy – all this and more has characterised the Imran Khan (IK) regime’s foreign policy in the last three years.…

Words matter in foreign policy

FOREIGN policy is serious business and rightly described as a country’s first line of defence. Policy formulation and policy articulation both require careful thought and judgement. How policy is publicly…

International aid

Politics is not merely the art of the possible but the pursuit of concerted hypocrisy. When it comes to that matter of funding good causes – foreign aid, for instance…

A domestic, not foreign, challenge

Is the situation in Afghanistan a foreign policy challenge or a domestic policy conundrum? At the heart of the conversation initiated by Ejaz Haider in ‘The Friday Times’ is really…