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Egging on the IMF

Is populist leader Imran Khan’s recent letter to the IMF a malicious ploy to push a cash-starved Pakistan on the brink of default? Or is it an earnest attempt to…

Resisting fascism

Parties that represent the seven out of ten votes polled on February 8 agreed this week to form the federal government. Amidst profound crises in the economy, foreign policy, and…

Virtual politics

Irrespective of who won or lost, if this election has given one single lesson to the political class all over Pakistan, it is this: you cannot ignore Millennials and Gen…

What people voted for and against

The recent general elections in Pakistan reminded me of what Sydney J Harris, a journalist for the Chicago Daily News and, later, the Chicago Sun-Times, once said about democracy. He…

Decoding the 2024 election

Pakistani voters have given their verdict in the February 8 general elections, which were held in a peaceful and orderly manner. The results have led to a split mandate, and…

German far right seeks to exploit farmer protests

Brandishing suspect flags and even posters calling for opponents to be sent to the gallows, the conspicuous presence of far-right protesters at week-long tractor blockades by farmers have sparked fears…

Dead on arrival?

INSTEAD of giving a fresh start or the political stability that has been lacking since 2017, our badly rigged polls have hobbled our ability to tackle the huge problems that…

Lack of economics behind politics Feb 12, 2024

The marriage between politics and economics is well established globally though in Pakistan political parties’ economic agenda varies little mainly due to the imposition of standard time bound quantitative conditions…

Rising poverty

The incidence of poverty has skyrocketed in Pakistan since the Covid-19 pandemic and the disastrous floods of 2022. The years 2019-20 and 2022-23 both saw negative GDP growth. Therefore, since…