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More Growth, More Taxes

More growth, more taxes

Every year before the announcement of annual federal budget-which has become an official ritual-plethora of tax proposals are received by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) from trade and professional…

Consumer Rights

Consumer rights

Globally, the concept of citizen-consumer has gained considerable foothold in debates on accountability and governance. But in Pakistan, where neither the culture of civic citizenship nor consumer consciousness is entrenched,…

Unity And Diversity

Unity and diversity

According to the Pew Research Centre, Pakistan is one of Asia’s least religiously diverse nations. The news came last week when the centre launched its new religious diversity index. The…

Is This Our Idea Of A Fortress Of Islam?

Is this our idea of a fortress of Islam?

Islam in today’s world should not be about obscure points of doctrine, fiqh and Shariah. Mujtahids and reformers have been at the reconstruction of religious thought in Islam for the…

Learning Strategies

Learning strategies

A TRANSNATIONAL approach, flexible operational frameworks and interagency collaboration between traditional law enforcement agencies and other government institutions are considered the essential components of an effective counterterrorism policy. A successful…

Kings And Pawns

Kings and pawns

Good governance in Pakistan is like MH370, the unfortunate missing Malaysian airliner — always in the news but never to be found. Who is to be blamed for poor governance…

Disaster And Incompetence

Disaster and incompetence

The last few weeks have been taken up by news of the tragic events in Thar where many young children and large numbers of cattle died due to drought and…

Fear Of Liberal Politics

Fear of liberal politics

The offended Moeen Cheema takes exception to my criticism of the scholarship produced by him and his colleagues (22 Mar). Their scholarship objects to Pakistani liberalism as elite and narrow…

In The Land Of Big Smiles

In the land of big smiles

To be greeted with folded hands is hardly unusual for people like me, born and bred in India, the land of namaste. But the Thai greeting is vastly different from…