December 16, 2017

Bank Failure Not An Option

A Central Bank is only as good as the authority its personnel exercises with competence, honesty and integrity. Facing threats, intimidation, coercion and even blackmail, etc, State Bank of Pakistan’s unsung heroes truly deserve a medal. Read More »

Doomsday Politics

Can parliament pass laws that protect the corrupt from facing accountability? Tailored to “democratic” whims for a cover up of corruption, passing Nawaz Sharif-specific amendment may or may not be contempt of court, it shows utter contempt for the people of Pakistan. Read More »

Faking The News to Win

Post-truth “alternative facts” and lies can have a destabilizing effect on domestic and international politics. With literacy rate low people in South Asia are particularly vulnerable, they tend to easily believe what they see and hear. Read More »

Interplay Between Economy And Security

Pakistan’s economy faces fundamental challenges to sustain its economic growth and hence economic security. With falling domestic and foreign investments, the current policy of consumption-led growth is threatening even to maintain the present low economic growth. Read More »

The Leverage Factor in US-Pakistan Relations

The Trump administration will struggle to put the squeeze on Pakistan, no matter how tight its grip. Read More »

Afghan Conflict Needs Closure

India is trying to pin Pakistan down in domestic conflicts, as it expands its influence through trade with Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world. Read More »

Pakistan: From ‘Do More’ to ‘No More’?

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi talks tough on his country's difficult relations with the US, Afghanistan and India. Read More »

Thoughts on Trump’s Afghan Strategy

If President Trump’s new strategy and the reaction it has received from the current and former US officials and commentators around the world is any evidence, the chances of its success seems pretty low. Read More »

The Streets of Intimidation

Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification has a much larger impact beyond him and his family, a challenge not only to the judges but to all people of Pakistan about how they want to live their lives and to run their state. Read More »

Pakistan Not Deterred by Trump’s Afghan Policy That Favors India

Islamabad is extremely suspicious of Donald Trump’s South Asia policy because it gives an open cheque to India for mounting a double front against Pakistan. Read More »