111 510 510 libonline@riphah.edu.pk Contact
Part-time Pakistanis

Part-time Pakistanis

While talking to newsmen in his chamber in the Parliament House last Tuesday, Syed Khursheed Shah, leader of the opposition and of the PPP parliamentary party in the National Assembly,…

Media Under Fire

Media under fire

Why would the Taliban try to recruit insiders from the ranks of journalists? This was the first question that came to mind after a former student, now a journalist, sought…

Privatisation Or The Sale Of The Century?

Privatisation or the sale of the century?

If the drain on the public exchequer was the reason for privatisation then the government should focus solely on privatising loss-making SOEs. So why then are profitable entities such as…

Privatise Or Provincialise?

Privatise or provincialise?

Wapda was unbundled in the 2000s to form generation companies (Gencos), distribution companies (Discos) and the NTDC (National Transmission Dispatch Company). Now, as the last step in the unbundling process,…

Capitalist Democracy: What Can It Deliver?

Capitalist democracy: what can it deliver?

We should be clear about the basics. This is not a people’s democracy, never can be. This is sarmayadarana (capitalist) democracy, dominated by a political class drawn from the pampered,…

Privatisation Or The Sale Of The Century?

Privatisation or the sale of the century?

The regressive fiscal measures taken by the PML-N government in its first nine months in power make it abundantly clear that PM Sharif’s ‘most experienced’ team has no interest in…

The Illusionists

The illusionists

Like a doctor examining a seriously sick patient, the IMF staff is supposed to evaluate the underlying conditions of the health of the economies of its member countries. While providing…

Confusing TTP

Confusing TTP

Should Pakistan be confused on talks with the TTP? It should not. But it is obvious that the media and the political elite are confusing the nation on the nature…

Capital Bits And Bobs

Capital bits and bobs

IT`S been one of those weeks, so let`s deal in bite-size nuggets. Here, in no particular order, is the chatter on Pak. Musharraf: When Nawaz turned up in parliament, Mush…

Poverty, Politics And Riches

Poverty, politics and riches

In January every year, the elite almost from every walk of life – politics, business, academia, multilateral institutions, and philanthropy – gather in the Swiss village Davos for deliberations on…