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Promises not kept

Politicians make promises before elections and try to implement at least some after coming to power. Has Imran Khan fulfilled promises made to the people? Start with the economy: Khan…

La HEC c’est moi!

Strike up a conversation with a fellow Pakistani and sooner or later the conversation will drift to what ails this country, and anytime this question is put to talking heads…

Rankings and wranglings

Faisal Vawda and Murad Saeed. Please put your hands together to welcome these two stars of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) onto the media stage this week. Both…

The youth story

YEAR of the Youth. That’s what Prime Minister Imran Khan has termed 2022. It is unclear what the branding will entail in terms of policy changes or resource allocation, beyond…

NSP and social cohesion

PAKISTAN is perhaps the first South Asian country which has now a comprehensive national security doctrine in documented form. The country’s friends and foes can interpret it in their own…

The reality gap

PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan was right to assert at the launch of the National Security Policy (NSP) that for long it was military security that determined the country’s strategy. Offering a comprehensive…

STEM (ming) socio-economic stagnation

For a country like Pakistan which suffers from chronic shortages of capital, energy and technology, the three most important ingredients needed to achieve sustainable growth, its salvation lies in making…

Myth, fact and magic realism

It has become increasingly hard to write about Pakistan and what has become of our society, our politics and our state. To do so will require the skills of the…

Glorifiers of criminality

Human rights. Freedom of expression. Democracy. These are the cleverest labels for crafting false as true and vice versa. While the political elite are discussed and torn apart regularly, as…

Non-starter of a policy

HAVING raced through the document that was released on Friday with considerable fanfare and self-congratulatory messages, it was a sad conclusion to reach that it is a no more than a plethora…