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Time To Look East

Time to look east

For perpetuity now, Pakistan has been caught up in a quandary in defining its policy priorities in context of it being a strategically-placed country in South Asia. The ailment dates…

The Governance Conundrum

The governance conundrum

Is Pakistan ungovernable? What should it take to see Pakistan governed? It may be instructive to review the mechanical structure of governance.There must be some leadership to take responsibility for…

Pak-US Ties In 2012

Pak-US ties in 2012

A series of crises in 2011 set the tone for US-Pakistan interaction in 2012; these included Raymond Davis’ shooting of two Pakistanis and Bin Laden’s killing. However, it was the…

On Poverty Estimates

On poverty estimates

The present government is facing real embarrassment on poverty estimates for 2007-08. The Panel of Economists, formed by the government in April 2008 under the leadership of Dr Hafiz Pasha,…

Empire of chaos

For someone intellectually predisposed to viewing just about everything through the lens of class, learning how to navigate the choppy waters of Pakistan’s political economy is nothing less than an…

Mullah Nazir’s Death Will Change Nothing

Mullah Nazir’s death will change nothing

The death of Mullah Nazir during a drone attack on his vehicle near the Afghan border has come as no surprise to many people, including those from South Waziristan. There…

Business-as-usual Budgets

Business-as-usual budgets

Pakistan is facing multiple crises. A crisis of internal security and strife, of provincial disharmony, of poor governance and weak leadership. It is facing a crisis of institutional collapse and…

Denial Of Democracy

Denial of democracy

Pakistan is perhaps the only country in the world where the word ‘democracy’ has been used and abused rampantly to cover the dictatorial mindset and actions of the elected leadership.…

Performance Or…

Performance or…

On the 27th of December, 2012, Benazir Bhutto's fifth death anniversary, a major political event took place with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addressing those who came to pay their respects to…

Pakistan At A Crossroads Again

Pakistan at a crossroads again

The Haqqani network is like a bone stuck in our throats: can’t spit it out, can’t swallow it. With the US pressure ramped up to a level where threats of…