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Blocking The Revolving Door

Blocking the revolving door

The landmark agreement between Islamabad and Kabul to take action against all militants and their hideouts on either side of the border without any distinction signifies an important shift in…

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…

The Challenge Of Autonomy

The challenge of autonomy

July 1, 2011 was designated as the Day of Provincial Autonomy upon the transfer of ministries and mandate of the erstwhile concurrent list to the provinces, in light of the…

Rejecting Globalisation

Rejecting globalisation

When progressive writers formulate terms like ‘design of global cultural hegemony and the writers’ role in the defence of heritage, culture and peace”, as they did recently at a conference…

What Is Economic Development?

What is economic development?

Nobody can disagree with the emphasis of the government on accelerating economic development both in its official documents and in public statements by leaders. But there is a major problem…

Public Debt: Then And Now

Public debt: then and now

Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar never tires of comparing the performance of key macro-economic indicators during the five-year tenure of the PPP-led coalition government with his own one year's performance.…

The Promise Of Pakistan

The promise of Pakistan

Like a gift that keeps on giving, with startling regularity the government has shared some good news with us. Foreign reserves have climbed, exchange rate strengthened, next generation telecom licences…

The Incompetence Argument Against Democracy

The incompetence argument against democracy

Like drug addicts, we will endure almost any indignity for yet another hit from the bong of low-grade gossip that passes for national news. Tahirul Qadri’s travails on flight EK…