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Growing discontent

Interacting with people has always been one of the main components of the art of ruling. In India, the panchayat system in villages ensures that people from the ruling class…

The fault is not in our stars…

Even though the ECP verdict on the prohibited funding case against the PTI in August 2022 took a long time coming, Pakistan has rarely seen sharper focus on the legal…

The forever ideology

Calls for regime change in Iran, Lula’s presidential victory in Brazil, the latest democratic wave in Turkey, and huge pro-democracy protests in Mexico indicate the rise of the Left and…

Responding to the terror threat

The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in August 2021 created a euphoric feeling in Pakistan that a friendly Taliban government had come into power. It was assumed that the…

Soft power

Power in international terms has traditionally been defined in ‘hard’ terms in the context of military and economic strength. In the post-cold war era, the concept of ‘soft power’ gained…

The year the hybrid system ended

What was the most important event of the year 2022? It was certainly not the ouster of Imran Khan’s government. The no-confidence motion that hunted him down was the consequence…

Climate, world order and Pakistan – Part I

Pakistan today is in such a state where only historically unprecedented actions on a historically unprecedented scale can ensure its survival. This will be a massive challenge. But the stakes…

Dissecting corruption

The world recently observed International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9). It is time to contextualize the corruption debate in Pakistan. Corruption is not only a legal crime but also a moral…

Permacrisis continued

There is an insidiousness to the triumphant fatalism that many voices in Pakistan are increasingly tending toward. This fatalism isn’t because of any ill intention or lack of integrity –…

A failing state

As a result of massive corruption, Pakistan today is virtually in a state of economic bankruptcy, although this has not been officially admitted. Banks have stopped opening letters of credit…