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What is Pakistan’s urban future?

The 2024 general election was unique in the sense that the manifestos of the major political parties (PML-N, PPP and PTI) recognized the importance of urban planning for promoting sustainable…

Equal citizens

MANY of us are likely to know someone who travelled to another country to give birth and secure that country’s citizenship for their child. It’s easy if you have the…

Bits of hope

THE focus on Pakistan’s upcoming elections is of an existential nature: will they take place? Will the PTI endure in any form? Can Pakistani democracy survive such blatant orchestration? The…

Inflation and devaluation

IN December 2023, consumer prices were 29.7 per cent higher compared to December a year earlier. Worse still, every month for more than a year our year-on-year inflation number has been above…

Climate-conflict nexus

DISASTERS triggered by climate change leave deep scars. The impact is not just about the loss of lives and damage to properties; disasters also threaten social cohesion and exacerbate local…

‘Economic wars’ and national strength

The seventh annual edition of the ThinkFest literary event was held in Lahore this past weekend. Dr Yaqoob Bangash – whose day job as a historian makes him especially sensitive…

QNA – a right step? Jan 08, 2024

At the 107 National Accounts Committee (NAC) meeting held on 28 November 2023 approval was given to the introduction of quarterly national accounts (QNA), and announced through a press release…

Sustainable agriculture Part – II

Pakistan needs to look at possible actions which can help the country achieve sustainable agriculture and food security. All our actions should have the sole objective of lifting our productivity…

Our emigration outlook

Over the last few years, Pakistan has witnessed a significant surge in emigration, fuelled by the challenges the country currently grapples with, including a growing population, instability, low growth rate…

A call for change and development

Reform, not begging, is the answer to all our economic and political problems. The question though is: which reform? The answers to this were discussed at a recent conference held…