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Sustaining Agricultural Growth

Sustaining agricultural growth

With the publication of the latest official data on Pakistan’s economy in the year 2015-16, a matter of serious concern for policymakers has arisen: the negative growth in agricultural output.…

Towards A Low-carbon Future

Towards a low-carbon future

The modern world faces two major challenges. First, promoting sustainable development and second, acting on climate change. The global negotiations over the last five years have ignited a much-needed debate…

The Budget Design

The budget design

With the budget session due, it may be pertinent to examine the issue of budget priorities. In the past, the budget design was essentially seen as an accounting exercise aimed…

Legitimacy Undermined

Legitimacy undermined

Once again, Pakistan is at a turning point in its political history. Yet again the institutional structure of politics is threatened by the pursuit of power by individuals unconstrained by…

The Real Threat To Democracy

The real threat to democracy

After the Panama Papers scandal, the demand for accountability by the opposition and the threat of launching a mass protest campaign are believed by many in the federal government to…

The Human Cost Of Corruption

The human cost of corruption

The recent exposures in the Panama Papers scandal have reinforced long-standing public suspicions of misappropriation of public funds, tax evasion and money laundering by some of Pakistan’s leading politicians. There…

Countering Terrorism

Countering terrorism

The coalition of terrorist groups that is waging war against Pakistan struck Lahore on Easter Sunday. Children were playing in a public park overseen by their parents amidst a profusion…

Social Capital

Social capital

Capital within the capitalist mode of production has historically been counter-posed to labour. In a situation where the labouring class does not own any productive assets, workers are faced with…

Corporations For The Poor

Corporations for the poor

In my two previous articles in this newspaper, I have indicated the conceptual framework and the specific policies to suggest that inclusive growth in Pakistan is essential to have a…