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The changing of the guard at MoF

The criteria used in selecting finance ministers have developed a distinctly partisan flavour in Pakistan. All three major national political parties that have formed a government at the centre during…

Sheep dreaming of androids?

Android: robot with a human appearance. Do Androids dream of electric sheep: 1968 science-fiction by Patrick Dick that formed the basis of 1982 film Blade Runner and its sequel Blade…

Reforms: institutional impediments (Part – II)

An attempt was made by the National Commission for Government Reforms (NCGR) to present a comprehensive package that proposed a strong district government system with specific focus on education, health…

A presidential system for Pakistan

Like death and taxes, the topic of a presidential system is a certainty in Pakistani discourse. It is hard to disguise one’s contempt for the debate, its backers and those…

Fantasies & constitutional change

WE’RE at that stage of the electoral cycle where calls for instituting a ‘presidential system of government’ gain voice. One difference this time around though is that these calls are…

Change the system

In a note titled ‘Future Constitution of Pakistan’, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah wrote the following lines: “Dangers of a Parliamentary Form of Govt – “1. The parliamentary form of government:…

Presidential hubris

WE see a big puzzle. Our establishment, its allies and even many middle-class persons, always in search of instant solutions for misrule, zealously push unproven, even failed ideas, but oppose…

Our monetary stimuli

WHAT is a monetary stimulus? An amusing but apt way to understand it is to recall Woody Allen’s movie Take the Money and Run. Interpret ‘take’ as borrow and ‘run’…