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Beyond 2023: exiting polycrisis

It is not going to be easy to put the polycrisis of 2022 behind us. The grieving mothers of the dozens of soldiers that were martyred across the country in…

The road ahead

Amid the latest resurgence of extremism across Pakistan, the country’s political elite have chosen to defy a powerful reality. The ongoing daily battles between the ruling camp led by Prime…

No more doctrines

Conventionally, the word ‘doctrine’ has two meanings. A doctrine can be “a set of principles or beliefs, especially religious ones”. A doctrine can also be “a statement of official government…

What is the One Percent Republic?

Last week, Dr Miftah Ismail initiated an important debate by terming Pakistan a “One percent Republic” – a society that works for the few and reproduces elite privilege over time.…

Making a hero

Miftah Ismail may have stepped down as minister of finance, but he isn’t out. On The Pakistan Experience podcast with Shehzad Ghias, he appeared to be as relaxed as a…

Extended caretaker setup?

The world doesn’t operate on Pakistan’s timetable. While the economic and political crisis in the country continue to metastasize and deepen, the regional and global realities that shape and inform…

Right person for the right job

The recent devastating floods in Pakistan have caused the largest displacement of people, dislodgement of animals and an acute shortage of food. Hundreds of thousands of people have become homeless,…

Preparing for the grind

Watching events unfold over the last few weeks has been painful, primarily because Pakistan’s priorities are all wrong. We are glued to our phones and television screens, anxiously waiting for…

Before Gorbachev : Part – II

In the USSR, the 1980s began with big news. The Soviet armies had entered Afghanistan in the last week of 1979 on the pretext of a request by the new…