The Euroblonde

A debt trap if there was one Only a night before Eid-ul-Azha, the nation was preoccupied by festive frenzy when Pakistan issued the 10-year, $500-million...

Prices will rise

The complete picture Inflation is a hot button subject, not just these days but it has always been thus. Prices will rise and what have...

Between leadership and destiny

Why is our political spectrum controlled by personalities not ideology?   I have been driving around Karachi for the last few weeks and many of its...

Being killed while asleep

Is the attack on Garissa University campus hostel in Kenya, April 02, which left around 150 students dead and countless injured and severally traumatised,...

Master of none

Human settlements in Pakistan seem to follow a similar trajectory. The larger they get from the populations swelling inside them, the worse they become. At a time when our towns and cities are proving themselves unmanageable even by the (seemingly) strictest of administrations, it appears that it is still possible to plan for urban areas of Pakistan before they turn into...urban areas of Pakistan.
The role of planning in urban development has always been our Achilles heel, so it

#MeToo – now what about you?

Moving beyond the conversation       Just a couple of days ago, the #MeToo campaign, which began in the western part of the world, found its way...

Will people have a say?

In managing and governing Lahore, citizen participation is of paramount importance, but will it be sought is a point of conjecture   Urban governance and management...

The SBP reports

The report showed some disturbing trends   The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) recently released its annual report ‘The State of Pakistan’s Economy 2018-19’ in...

White Lies

What can one do when one when one is lucky enough to be showered with generous friends who in turn shower you with expensive gifts? Thank God, of course. We hear that in November a VVIP celebrated the valima of a son. Lo and behold, the prized invitations inspired many of his friends to give not just lafafas but many four wheelers as well. In fact some 22 cars, give or take a few. It is said that these considerate friends felt that the newlyweds would be in need of their own

Death of democracy

And who will take its throne now that it is dead and gone Democracy, dear reader, has bid us farewell on its way to...

Afghanistan continues to repudiate Durand Line

  Durand Line is the official border between Pakistan and Afghanistan but Afghanistan refuses to recognise it whenever it wants to foment trouble with Pakistan. The...

Jamaat chief plays arbiter

No Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan There was little hope of the mainstream opposition bloc ever forestalling Imran Khan’s march. But as the PTI’s coalition partner in...

The rumour stock

Buy on the fly, sell on the news… The news about President Asif Ali Zardari’s departure for Dubai on December 6 for medical treatment generated...

Strong restructured police

Winning war against terrorism, enforcing writ of state and providing security of life and property of citizens cannot be achieved unless a strong disciplined...

Roller coaster road

You won't believe that our town planners and traffic experts are so naive that they are unable to design an access to expressway. If one has to access the Lahore Ring Road (LRR) from Mall Road side for going towards North (i.e., Shahdara), the driver has to pass under the Abdullah Gull interchange and climb up to LRR from the left side (i.e., travelling South) and immediately come down to reach Mall Road, pass under the interchange again and climb up from the left to finally reach the

Plagued by terrorism

Changing dynamics of North Africa and Middle East It was a shocking news that Turkish, American made, F-16 fighter jet fired at and downed a...

Spurious drugs

Not much regulation The death toll, and this is the notoriously conservative government estimate, has risen to 73. It is expected to go much higher....