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Growing Disillusionment

Growing disillusionment

Governments cannot seriously live under the grand delusion that the ordinary public will go into a trance on being informed that the budget deficit targets agreed on with the International…

The LeT Threat

The LeT threat

The timing may have seemed poor to some. Pakistan’s military is mired in a security operation in North Waziristan, which is also targeting the Haqqani network. The government has requested…

Difficult Ties

Difficult ties

Critics want to know what the prime minister’s trip to India has achieved. The answer is simple: it has avoided what could have been a much worse start to India-Pakistan…

Monologues Above Solitudes

Monologues above solitudes

Their talk was the talk of sordid buccaneers: it was reckless without hardihood, greedy without audacity, cruel without courage; there was not an atom of foresight in the whole batch…

Dar Sahib’s Budget

Dar Sahib’s budget

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will be making the budget speech in the National Assembly today (Tuesday, June 3). Last year, any limitations in the budget could be excused because of…

A New Era For Our ICTs

A new era for our ICTs

I recently addressed an audience of history-makers and industry associates ready to have this nation embark on a journey into the future. The occasion was not only the launch of…

Technocratic Rule

Technocratic rule

Turmoil in the democratic space has breathed new life into an old question: do technocrats do a better job of running things in our country? In some measure, both Imran…

Vicious Substances

Vicious substances

Today, on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, it would be worth our while to remember that the world as a whole is in the clutches of…

Population And Poverty

Population and poverty

Population, poverty and economic development are closely inter-linked and inter-related. Rapid population growth tends to reduce per capita income and human well-being which in turn leads to increased level of…