Budget – a ray of hope?

It’s that time of the year again   While criticising the government for its failures to meet the economic growth targets, it is essential to evaluate...

All the kings’ ministers and all the kings’ diplomats

Couldn't bring peace again The world has been a dangerous place; a series of conquests have been witnessed by the same lands that we’ve...

NA 120 and the demise of People’s Party

  The Deputy Speaker of Sindh Assembly, Shehla Raza, was recently invited to a local news channel, whereby she was drilled with political questions. She...

The problems Pakistan is facing

Potpourri of prophesies   I have chosen to share extracts of views from my previous op-eds. Views that have turned out to be true as I...

That four-letter word again!

Hope is all we have   So, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement have decided to go out. Not surprising. Finding strange bedfellows...

What’s wrong with the CSS exam?

Some subjects seem to get more marks than others   By Khalid Ranjha   Aversive stimuli such as electric shocks and nasty tastes have since long...

The Ides of March

President Zardari having the sole distinction of addressing the joint sitting of the parliament for the fourth consecutive year, the PPP government has completed three years of remaining in power. It is a rarity in our political milieu that elected governments are allowed to complete their terms. Most, except those under the wings of a military strongman, have lasted less than three years.
One of the reasons why Ghulam Ishaq Khan dismissed Benazir Bhutto's government in November

These politicians

Fighting one another tooth and nail     Corruption has become the lifeblood of Pakistan’s mainstream politics since 1977. The political elite seems to have totally lost...

Generalists in journalism

Over the years, the line between being a journalist and a 'generalist' has become thinner and thinner, in that journalists are now expected to have all the answers. At least that is what the coming of the electronic media has done to the people of my country. The press corps is no longer treated as what they are stereotypically supposed to be, i.e., independent and detached observers reporting on what they see. In theory, a good reporter must never draw conclusions from incomplete

LNG — The whole truth

It is the only cost-effective solution for Pakistan’s energy problems Much has been recently written and said about Pakistan’s procurement of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)...

Competitiveness & Budget

Budget is to be announced on June 3rd, 2016, and the pre-budget rhetoric we hear from the Finance Minister is that Pakistani economy is...

A travesty of financial history

Bank Lobbyists will Applaud   Goetzmann makes no mention of how Solon freed Athenians from debt bondage with his seisachtheia (“shaking off of burdens”) in 594....

Change on the ground

UN peace coordinator unwelcome by Palestinians   The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) did not object to the appointment of new UN special coordinator for the Middle...

Another Kashmir Day

Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed on every February 5 in Pakistan since 1990 in order to pledge Pakistan’s support to Kashmiris against the atrocities...

The real power

An offer which couldn’t be refused “I will make him an offer he can’t refuse,” is a dialogue by the famous Mafia boss, Vito Corleone,...

Stop digging

The ill-bred system I couldn’t care less who the next caretaker prime minister is, but with friends in the fray and so much mistrust and...

China’s incredible journey of reform

Upholding and advancing socialism with Chinese characteristics China, while commemorating the 40th anniversary of Opening Up and Reforms, has sent a direct but distinct...