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They Can Get Away With Murder

They can get away with murder

‘The press is so powerful in its image-making role that it can make a criminal look like the victim and a victim look like he’s the criminal’. These words, said…

Revamping The Civil Service

Revamping the Civil Service

In this column, we conclude the discussion on Civil Service reforms initiated in my previous column (‘Need for Civil Service reforms’, Sept 30). The nature of our economic development was…

Anatomy Of The Petrol Crisis

Anatomy of the petrol crisis

The recent petroleum crisis is illuminating in how this government functions — or doesn’t. A number of conflicting and generally unhelpful assessments have been provided by federal ministers, but with…

Helping Labour

Helping labour

It may seem counter-intuitive but if we wish to spur economic growth in Pakistan both government and citizens would have to step in to help labour. This is the surprising…

Predictions Are Not Easy

Predictions are not easy

In December 2000 the CIA’s National Intelligence Council produced a document that predicted what the world might look like in 2015. It contained some very trenchant forecasts about Pakistan which,…

A Dangerous Idea

A dangerous idea

Competitiveness has become a mantra of modern times. Global reports ranking countries on the ladder of competitiveness are now serious business. These rankings are taken seriously not only by the…

Remittances And Returns

Remittances and returns

A Large chunk of people born in developing countries like Pakistan will not work at home. Chasing jobs, they will go to other places and from there send back the…

Privatised Welfare

Privatised welfare

Among the many casualties of the propaganda war that continues to play out on our TV screens in the name of ‘revolution’ and ‘azadi’ is a meaningful countrywide debate over…

Sorry Figures

Sorry figures

The economy continues to cut a sorry figure in terms of competitiveness. The latest report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranks Pakistan at 129 (out of 144 nations) on…

Falling FDI Inflows

Falling FDI inflows

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows into Pakistan have been drying up over the past few years. After hitting an all-time peak of $5.4 billion in 2007-08, net FDI sank to…