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New data, old insights

There was a time when systematically collected data about schoolchildren’s learning levels was scarce, spottily collected, and hard to obtain. ‘Reforms’ were the brainchildren of politicians or senior bureaucrats in…

Economy on a knife-edge after election

With ballot-box rigging, arbitrary arrests, politicization of the judiciary, media censorship, and endless internet blackouts, democracy has become a distant memory in Pakistan. The elections held on February 8, after…

Digital campaigns

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) holds a crucial role in supervising electoral procedures, including the regulation of campaign financing. The Elections Act, 2017 serves as the cornerstone of the…

Social media blackouts

Pakistan has long touted its ambitions to improve its citizens’ quality of life and economic well-being through digital transformation. This includes initiatives such as Digital Pakistan, or the more recent…

The AI frontier at WGS

While Pakistan was still counting votes and figuring out who won these elections, Dubai was hosting the three-day World Governments Summit 2024 from February 12 to 14. Speakers included heads…

The net must go on

Pakistan votes today. In a record year for elections, Pakistan joins the nearly four billion people across the world who will vote for their representatives. When the last general elections…

Resisting fascism

Parties that represent the seven out of ten votes polled on February 8 agreed this week to form the federal government. Amidst profound crises in the economy, foreign policy, and…

China’s giant leap

A gathering of some 5,000 top scientists and engineers listened in pin-drop silence on January 7, 2020 as Chinese President Xi Jinping laid out his vision and strategy to make…

Age of progress

The recent disclosure by JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rahman has shed significant light on the concerning trends of unconstitutional practices within Pakistan. His revelations reveal not just isolated incidents but…