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As the Middle East transforms

The Middle East is at the center of momentous developments which have significantly transformed the region over the past decade with far-reaching implications for its political stability, security, and economic…

Navigating economic corridors

We are living in an era of ‘corridorization’, ‘economic corridor’ being the new buzzword. The proponents of these ‘corridors’ claim that they are vital for increasing regional connectivity and trade.…

Are Pakistanis really leaving?

A few weeks ago, the caretaker prime minister’s soundbite about (highly) educated Pakistanis who choose to settle abroad attracted public ire. Coming so soon after the tragic news of the…

Chaos season

While the Indians are jubilant on their moon landing, they may be ignorant of the chaotic season coming up for them. Next year, in April or May 2024, Indians will…

The SIFC wild card

Since Pakistan’s economy is in deep trouble, the government has taken various steps to help improve it. But so far, most measures have proved to be a total waste except…

Saving democracy

When the dark era of Gen Ziaul Haq ended abruptly in 1988, it rekindled the hopes of millions that Pakistan would be on the right track. Most people thought that…

The secret of India’s success

Pakistan today stands at the precipice of a huge disaster. With rampant corruption under the guise of democracy, the dreams of Iqbal, Jinnah and the people who followed them lie…

Central Asia and the BRI

One major geographic characteristic of Central Asian countries is their landlockedness. Being a landlocked economy creates challenges in all spheres of policy – foreign policy, security, international trade as well…

Thinking about the news

Generally speaking, the news for Pakistan is not good. It now seems likely that the IMF tranche may not come through, leading to still greater economic chaos. But while all…