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Pakistan-India detente?

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who in a brief tweet extended his congratulations to Sharif for assuming the post of PM, garnered wide attention.…

Aurangzeb: legitimate expectations?

Expectations are extremely high with the appointment of Muhammad Aurangzeb as finance minister on 11 March 2024 – a position that he was reportedly offered even during the caretaker setup…

The meaning of democracy

Democracy is the system of government that most analysts in the country and beyond it believe may be the best for our future. The question however is how it is…

Role of KPK in new leadership dynamics

Pakistan is embarking on a new chapter in its history, following the February 8, 2024 elections, with almost all political parties, except Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)—PMLN—voicing concerns about electoral transparency.…

The challenge of governance

Governance and politics in Pakistan are bound in a dialectic of principal contradiction wherein the demands of politics and governance come into direct conflict due to the nature of politics.…

Who should be the finance minister?

Asking the wrong question is one of the most prominent qualities of the Pakistani public discourse. ‘Who should be the finance minister?’ is the wrong question. Whoever is made finance…

Can’t take them on

One of the most dreadful periods I have lived through, as a citizen and as a journalist, was in the aftermath of the assassination of Salmaan Taseer in the first…

Morocco law reform offers hope for women’s rights

Two decades after a landmark but limited revision of Morocco’s family law marked a breakthrough for women, activists hope new reforms will defy Islamist objections and provide greater equality. The…

Hybrid rule 3.0?

IT is a right royal mess that is hard to clean up. A hung parliament through a controversial election has pushed the country deeper into the mire. It has been…