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A Change Of Horses?

A change of horses?

Nawaz Sharif has finally appeared in the NAB court. While predictions regarding the ultimate political dispensation, obtaining after the case, are hard to make, pointers are aplenty. Leading to these…

Creative Thinking

Creative thinking

NEARLY 150 years ago, some visionary minds at the East India Company (EIC) offices in Bengal must have struggled with a tricky question. Having dismantled Mughal rule along with the…

A New Standoff

A new standoff

The history of Pak-US relations brought together a superpower and a small state, with a third country always in the equation. The relationship has oscillated between seasonal (or political) highs…

Business Leadership

Business Leadership

As former President of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as former Chairman of SITE Association of Industry and founder of a few bilateral fora, I often assess…

The FSC In Our Hybrid Society

The FSC in our hybrid society

Columbia University. Her dissertation was on the conflict between Pakistani liberals and the ulema and Islamists. There has recently been a lively debate between Feisal Naqvi, Salman Akram Raja, Afiya…

An Act Of Appeasement?

An act of appeasement?

In a curious piece on these pages (January 10) Feisal Naqvi, normally the most clear-eyed of commentators, has declared the Federal Shariat Court a mere talk shop and an act…

The Laffer Curve and Pakistan

In the last couple of days, the newspapers in Pakistan are abuzz with another mini budget to be announced by the government of Pakistan. It seems that the Tax Revenue…

Spanish Omelette

Spanish omelette

Last Sunday’s election results in Spain have vindicated the pundits who were hedging their bets. As opinion polls predicted, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative People’s Party (PP) has emerged with…

British Indecision

British indecision

Tomorrow’s British election has been billed as the most unpredictable contest in 70 years, notwithstanding the overwhelming expectation that it will yield yet another hung parliament. Back in 1945, the…

Ghosts Of Revolutions Past

Ghosts of revolutions past

The history of mankind at various moments has been a history of dissent. Dissent against oppression, exploitation, violence, tyranny, abuse of power, exacted over a peoples by another. Whether both…