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Dysfunctional democracy

Last week, after much back and forth, the US Congress passed a resolution to increase the government’s borrowing limit so it could continue to operate. Republicans in the Senate had…

Unplanned migration

My parents, like millions of others, opted to migrate to Pakistan leaving their entire belongings behind. What they could not leave though were the cherished memories connected to childhood friends,…

Mercurial meanderings

Freedom of expression is the most discussed, most fought about, yet the least understood of all individual rights. Difference of opinion is inherent in this freedom – which is why…

India’s nuclear recklessness – Part I

Within one month two stories of illegal possession and sale of uranium being caught by Indian police have surfaced. Of course, any attempt to smuggle radioactive material must be a…

A grubby affair

As if doomed by fate, as a rule parliamentary elections in Pakistan are mired in controversy. Polls for the popularly elected National Assembly give rise to allegations of systematic rigging.…

So many blind spots

GOVERNMENTS are known to have their blind spots, that is, areas of governance and issues that they don’t want to address rationally and realistically and thus create grave problems for…

The corruption dilemma

On the line of Netflix’s ‘The Social Dilemma’, there seems to be a great opportunity for some gifted filmmaker to make a documentary on Pakistan’s corruption dilemma. You have all…

Fall of a hero

The unceremonious ouster of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe from power exemplifies how dictatorial tendencies, insatiable hunger for power, and stubbornness in the face of imminent rout - character traits he…

The elite of the service

Every year, the Budget is cause for much discussion throughout Pakistan; but perhaps the greatest debate is generated amongst my peers in the civil service. Rumours abound of pay or…

Inflation: whys and wherefores

Inflation is a function of both internal and external economic factors while in Pakistan the onus can also be placed on "non-economic factors" that include the activities of a 'profiteer'…