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The Chinese Experience

The Chinese experience

I recently led a delegation of the Regional Peace Institute (RPI) at an international conference on peace and disarmament in China. The theme was cooperation between China and South Asia.…

Is The PTI A Tea Party?

Is the PTI a tea party?

Some years ago, I found myself as the only woman on a planeload of PML-N men travelling from Quetta to Karachi. I was seated across the narrow aisle to Mian…

This Is All Right

This is all right

The pendulum of political ideology has not just moved from one end to the other in Pakistan. It has completely shifted its coordinates. It was not left-centre-right in the classical…

Sovereignty – The Task Ahead

Sovereignty – the task ahead

The people of Pakistan have given their verdict - PML (N) in Punjab, Balochistan and the Centre, PTI and JI in KPK and PPP and MQM in Sindh. Once again…

For An Educated Democracy

For an educated democracy

In earlier articles I have stressed the critically important role of education in the process of democracy. In Pakistan we have seen a sinister plot at work in which political…

Tackling Corruption

Tackling corruption

THE Pakistani electorate vehemently endorsed the slogan of Roshan Pakistan by voting in its architects the PML-N. However, the electorate was thoughtful enough not to wholly reject the slogan of…

Judiciary Goes Native

Judiciary goes native

It is perhaps little known outside of legal circles, that the Supreme Court of Pakistan has recently initiated a programme for translating its judgments into Urdu and placing them on…

Traders And Taxes

Traders and taxes

"Be honest with yourself, if or when you fail, the change of direction will not kill you. Change before you have to"-Jack Welch (CEO of General Electric 1981-2001) 'Ruin comes…

Untried Methods

Untried methods

The predictions of those observing the education scene in Pakistan seem to be morphing from mental images into ground reality. Callous disregard for the welfare of the people combined with…

The PML-N’s Manifesto

The PML-N’s manifesto

As a matter of principle, election manifestos outline the priorities and goals set by a political party based on a best case scenario. That’s the reason the manifestos abound in…