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Bridging the gaps in the region

The recent Iran-Saudi Arabian rapprochement has taken place against the backdrop of America’s evolving role in the Middle East and deepening strategic partnerships between China and the Gulf states. Pakistan…

Power sector woes

Improving decision-making processes is crucial for establishing a fair and sustainable electricity sector. In Pakistan, the Power Division (PD) in the Ministry of Energy manages the power sector but lacks…

Journey of economic revival

On April 19, 2022, I faced the most challenging day of my life when I took on the role of federal minister for planning, development & special initiatives. I was…

Path of maximum uncertainty

The market’s given a roaring farewell to the coalition government (up about 20pc since the SBA) but – write this down somewhere – there’s simply too much uncertainty on at…

Pitfalls of a Pakistani passport

Travelling is undoubtedly one of the most enriching experiences for people worldwide as beautifully captured in a widely used quote: “Of all the books in the world, the best stories…

AI in education: need for digital literacy

ChatGPT isn’t a buzzword. It’s much more than a shiny new toy having its hype phase. It is a disruption. And what the conventional education systems, particularly the higher education…

How to appoint a judge to the SC

If you wander far enough into Shenandoah Valley, you might find yourself in an orchard brimming with plum trees, their bare branches twisting and writhing in odd angles. These aberrant…

The quest for immortality

The quest for immortality has been as timeless as it has been fruitless. First recorded over 4000 years ago on the Babylonian Tablets, it narrates the tale of King Gilgamesh…

Where no questions are asked

In Pakistan, polarization and rhetoric are at their peak and many conflicts abound whilst a terrifying brain drain and flight of capital are underway. With the recent IMF SLA, we…

The talon for our heads

Many years ago, I recall being fascinated by the Court of Owls, a fictional secret society that, through centuries of shadowy dealings, had acquired a mythic reputation. The nursery rhyme…