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Grand national bargain, anyone?

Pakistan is dangerously polarized. Pakistanis are divided between supporters and opponents of a charismatic leader deemed a messiah by his followers and a scary demagogue by his detractors. There are…

Solar PV indigenization: strategy and scope

Solar energy is the energy of present and future. Pakistan is importing almost all of the solar equipment from abroad, mostly China. China is the production house of the world…

Politics in Balochistan

A tug of war over bagging the future coalition government in Balochistan has already started between the PPP and PML-N, leading to some confusion among electables over which one of…

Inequality, poverty, and austerity — II

Unfortunately, both the IMF and individual countries practicing these, in or outside of the IMF programme, are not learning from this experience of over-board implementation of monetary- and fiscal austerity…

May 9 and the cult of Imran Khan

On May 9, the militant cult-followers of a ‘political’ leader waged war against the state of Pakistan, violently attacking symbols of the state and dishonouring monuments put up in memory…

The rise and rise of Trump

Is the wave of neo-populism declining across the globe? The answer to this question is still ambiguous. However, from the tempestuous exit of Imran Khan and the defeat of Jair…

The JI and the jiyalas

The PPP is not quite the party it used to be and today there are more people in the vicinity who wince at the mere mention of it than perhaps…

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…

IMF versus vote politics

In political science, economic voting is a theoretical perspective which argues that voter behavior is heavily influenced by the economic conditions in the country at the time of the election. According to this perspective, voters tend to vote…