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Jobs, Plots And Rivalry

Jobs, plots and rivalry

All essays on the causes of violence in Karachi, and the measures taken to contain it, end on a disappointingly tentative note. So, surely, will this one. Still the litany…

Growth Without Jobs

Growth without jobs

DESPITE the much-touted stellar growth of the past few years, the economy has failed to absorb the teeming millions of an unemployed workforce.

Reimagining governance

One of the frameworks that has been most influential in shaping my understanding of governance has been the Capability, Accountability and Responsiveness or CAR framework, developed in the early 2000s…

Hidden behind the headlines

In every household or almost every household in the country, there is a story. There is the story of the security guard who walks home slowly, knowing he must tell…

The walk towards development

Pakistan today is sinking into a dark hole, having to borrow money even to pay off the interest on loans taken, rather than the loan itself. The key areas of…

Is privatization the answer?

The newly elected coalition government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is under immense IMF pressure to privatize several public-sector entities. PIA and power distribution companies (DISCOs) top the privatization…

A strategic rivalry

As if it were ordained by providence, the fate of the world is settled by a show of strength between great powers. The cold war era (1945-89) was defined by…

An intelligent future

Outside the realm of science fiction novels to which artificial intelligence was previously restricted, it is now amongst us in more and more fields of life. This brings both benefits…

Promoting innovation

There are some common themes from the lives of Thomas Edison (1847-1931), Robert Noyce (1927-1990) and Steve Jobs (1955-2011) that can provide valuable insights to Pakistan’s policymakers designing policies on…

An accountant’s approach to NFC?

A lot has been written recently about the need to revisit and reduce the share of the provinces in the 7th National Finance Commission Award, but sadly most of it…