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Strategic calculus

A series of terrorist attacks in Pakistan has once again stirred a debate on how terrorists are undermining the overall security situation in Pakistan, specifically undermining Chinese and Pakistani interests.…

The Daanish debate

On April 9, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated a Daanish School campus in Islamabad. The Daanish Schools effort is anchored in a powerful principle: every child should be able to…

Shrines in the subcontinent

At last count there were a total of 2,717 shrines in India while in Pakistan that figure was 3400. These are the well-known ones otherwise the figure might be much…

Rising energy prices: adverse impact on masses

In Pakistan, 64 percent of total energy demand is met by fossil fuels, while hydropower’s and renewables’ share remained at 27 percent and 9 percent, respectively, in 2022-23. The fossil…

Contours of new IMF programme

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has reiterated recently the need for moving ahead with a new IMF (International Monetary Fund) programme for a longer period. Therefore, it is likely that after…

Paradigm behind an ideal tax-to-GDP ratio

One point of commonality in all twenty-three International Monetary Fund (IMF) programmes secured by Pakistan to date is an emphasis on raising tax revenue with more recent programmes seeking not…

A fresh start

The unimaginable has happened. Ishaq Dar, the architect of clumsy choices at Pakistan’s finance ministry, has finally been replaced by a new finance minister. But the removal of Dar who…

Renewable electricity revolution

Pakistan has the potential to double its electrical power generation per capita within three to five years and simultaneously achieve stable and reduced electricity prices. The country’s entire national electricity…

Wildlife in Karachi

Not many people know that in the early days of Pakistan when the lion roared in the Karachi Zoo the roar could be heard as far away in what was…

Massacre in Russia

The toll of the horrendous terrorist attack on March 23, 2024 at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow’s northern suburb of Krasnogorsk has risen to 137 dead, including three children,…