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Five Long Years

Five long years

I have been writing on economic issues for almost four years. In each article, the growing weaknesses of Pakistan’s economy and policy inaction have been identified and suggestions made to…

Between Shame And Shamelessness

Between shame and shamelessness

We have tumbled into and been tossed from one species of government to another. We have suffered a ‘brutal’ dictatorship and savored an ‘enlightened’ one. Tired of a ‘sham’ democracy…

Our National Shame

Our national shame

For the last five years a strange drama is being played out by the Election Commission of Pakistan to support the biggest crooks in the land. This relates to supporting…

Rumours And Conspiracies

Rumours and conspiracies

Wasn’t the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan said to have been about our warm waters? Never mind whether it was the Cold War or Charlie Wilson’s war, wasn’t there the obscure…

The Decade After

The decade after

As President Barack Obama started out on his journey to the Middle East, Iraqis were marking the tenth anniversary of the invasion of their country — an invasion that was…

Is This The Problem?

Is this the problem?

In an article titled ‘Is Pakistan’s condition terminal?’ published in Foreign Policy, Robert Hathaway, director of the Asian Programme at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington, has…

The Right To Asylum

The right to asylum

In December 2012 a group of some 45, mostly Pakistani, refugees took shelter in one of Vienna`s biggest churches. Because they feared immediate deportation the church seemed a safe place…