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Modi As Pakistan’s Candidate

Modi as Pakistan’s candidate

A Neighbour in Delhi, who happens to be a Narendra Modi devotee, asked me which leader Pakistanis would want as India’s next prime minister. I’m no clairvoyant, I told the…

Pakistan’s Economy – II

Pakistan’s economy – II

Lessons of experience Positive policy actionsThe above brief economic history narrative suggests several points. Political leaders, both civil and military, have had a major impact on the course of economic…

Pakistan’s Economy – I

Pakistan’s economy – I

Alongsides is the first part of a three-part series by an economist who has reflected on his more than half a century involvement with the country's economy. Pakistan has had…

Excellent Institutions

Excellent institutions

few days ago my dear friend, Hanif Abbasi, invited me to attend the annual prize distribution ceremony at the Government Postgraduate Viqar-un-Nisa College for Women (VNC) in Rawalpindi as chief…

The Truth About Balochistan

The truth about Balochistan

The power-hungry sardars and nawabs widely visible on Balochistan’s political scene are a by-product of the establishment’s long-term policies. These sardars derive their legitimacy from the civil-military establishment, and they…

Fixing Education

Fixing education

By focusing their attack on privatisation of education instead of fixing the regulators of the educational market, such as the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) and the HEC,…

Inequality In Society

Inequality in society

With elections approaching, the usual claims from incumbent political parties of being pro-poor and even ‘revolutionary’ have increased in both frequency and amplitude. Notwithstanding their magnificent promises of ending corruption,…

The World In 2030

The world in 2030

What will the world look like in 2030? Can we predict the future based on current trends? Perhaps, to some extent. However, the United States National Intelligence Council (NIC) has…

Our Growth Diagnostics

Our growth diagnostics

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina opens with this line. This dictum holds true not only for…

Some Kabul Themes

Some Kabul themes

Apart from the negotiations with the Taliban and the US troops’ withdrawal plans, much of what is happening in Afghanistan, especially the impact of the state’s reconstruction on society, should…