Inside the New Assembly: Shifting Power Dynamics

ZAHID HUSSAIN: IT is a mixed house of old lineage and fresh entrants in the game. On Monday, the front row of the treasury benches of the newly installed National Assembly illustrated the shifting power dynamics. It is more representative of the federation than the Punjab-dominated huddle witnessed under the erstwhile PML-N rule. With Imran […]

Javed Jabbar’s Letter to The Economist On ‘Foul Editorial’

AUG 4, 2018 — Dear Mr. Editor, Greetings: Regardless of whether this letter is or is not published in the Letters section of your journal, I hope it is processed for your personal attention rather than be consigned to the bin by your esteemed colleague who oversees the Letters section. This is with reference to […]

PTI Must Work With PPP If It Wants To Bring Tabdeeli To Karachi

DR. NOMAN AHMED: July 2018 witnessed an unprecedented euphoria amongst the masses in Karachi. With utmost certainty and assurance, folks were found rallying around the green and red banners of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). A casual conversation with many on the street would turn into a passionate debate with hope and optimism at the center. […]

NY Times Backs Imran Khan’s Campaign to Reform Pakistan

JUL 28, 2018: Leading American newspaper, the New York Times, on Saturday hailed Imran Khan’s “impressive” election victory and urged the United States (US), China and India to create ease in his way towards reforming Pakistan. “His (Imran Khan’s) main call is to reform Pakistan’s woeful governance and put an end to the patronage networks […]

Imran Khan’s Victory and Need For A New Social Contract

ZAHID HUSSAIN: Imran Khan has laid down the basic policy framework for his impending government, seeking national reconciliation and promising to focus on economic reforms. In his first public address since his party swept the polls, the prime minister-in-waiting declared that his administration would crack down on corruption and hold accountability across the board. He […]

Breaking the Mould: PTI’s Success Holy Grail For New Republic

IRSHAD SALIM (Jul 27, 2018): Legendary cricketer turned politician Imran Khan and his party have surfaced as harbinger of a new thought wave among Pakistanis post July 25 polls — a rising urban middle class, growing awareness among youth and women, as a result of a vibrant media and civic society actually fast-forwarded the process. […]

Deconstructing Husain Haqqani’s Latest Broadsheet On Election 2018

IRSHAD SALIM: I HAVE read with a bald eagle interest Mr. Husain Haqqani’s latest opinion piece and as a fellow countryman (US and Pakistan), I admire his articulated drive to followup on the “Media Construct” which was recently launched on international level to attempt deconstructing Election 2018. Mr. Haqqani has already mentioned that if PML-N […]

National Debt Crisis: Financial “Pre-Poll Rigging”

We had been reporting since January that between mid-year and year-end, Pak Rupee value could hit 140 and may even cross the 150 mark. JUL 18, 2018 (BE2C2 Analysis): Less than two weeks before Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi wrapped up his cabinet and PML-N led federal government to make way for a caretaker setup […]

Nawaz Sharif: The Drop Scene

SAAD RASOOL: The events of Friday night, resulting in the arrest of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, mark the final drop-scene in the politico-judicial drama that has captured our national attention over the past two years, ever since ICIJ’s release of the Panama Papers. This saga – spanning the disqualification and subsequent conviction […]

Khalai Makhlook Is a Reality Engaged in Machinations From Beyond the Borders: Aslam Beg

MIRZA ASLAM BEG: AFTER a long hearing, extending over several sessions, the trial court gave the verdict against Nawaz Sharif, rejecting their appeal for seven days delay, enabling them to be present on the occasion. It is a harsh judgment which sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison and a fine of 8 million […]

Pakistan’s Financial Crisis Puts Belt And Road On The Spot

JAMES M. DORSEY: Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related projects would not pass international muster. Concerns that China’s US$ 50 billion plus investment in Pakistani […]

Pakistan’s ‘Bible Belt’ And The Jeep Drawing Attention, Traction

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 7, 2018): Out of the 105 million Pakistanis who are expected to vote on July 25 in the country’s third successive polls, nearly 47 million are registered female voters while 44 million among all registered voters are between the ages of 18 and 35. This means over 43% of the voters are […]

Tax Amnesty Evoking Poor Response Due to Creep, Fatigue Cycle

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 5, 2018): Nearly $6 billion worth of foreign assets have so far been declared under the offshore tax amnesty scheme, with Pakistanis repatriating a sum of about $30 million only. The caretaker government has given one-month extension in the one-time tax writeoff scheme till July 31, with both sides racing against time. […]

Shahbaz Sharif Announces Plans For Metro Boat In Lahore

ZEESHAN IFTAKHAR: After the ‘widely successful’ Metro Bus and Orange Line train projects, Lahore is now going to host a metro boat service. Just hours after torrential rains submerged Lahore’s busiest roads and turned the city into a South Asian ‘Venice’, Shahbaz Sharif has confirmed that he is planning to install a metro boat service […]

US, India Convergence On Chabahar-Afghanistan ‘Corridor’ Amid Divergence On Iran Oil

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 2, 2018): US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on June 27 told India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Washington would back his country’s plan to develop the Iranian seaport of Chabahar to open up a trade route to Afghanistan and Central Asia. Former US Secretary Rex Tillerson had indirectly said […]

National Crisis: Why Only 3Pct Among Thousands Appearing In Public Services Exams Pass

Deficiency in critical thinking, analytical approach and written skills, while a culture of notes and cramming pervade the system. JUL 2, 2018 (BE2C2): The recent announcement of results by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) once again exposed the inadequacies in quality of education in Pakistan. According to the result, just a little over three […]

Trump’s Immigration Gambit: Is It Trick Or Treat?

SALAHUDDIN HAIDER (Washington): Difficult to analyze. Opinion varies from people to people. Some believe Donald Trump has been doing it deliberately to dilate or swing to favoritism wave of mounting criticism against his policies on children immigration, and the boost he got from the Supreme Court upholding his travel ban on select Muslim countries’ citizen. […]

Keeping Out Dual Nationals From Project Democracy: Re-Think Is Needed

Dual nationals should not be demonized IT is an emotional topic and has some roots in a narrow constitutional exclusion that the superior judiciary has interpreted as an absolute bar, but it is an issue that deserves closer examination. The law as interpreted by the Supreme Court bars the elected representatives of the people, in […]

Karzai Blames It All On U.S., Pakistan For Afghanistan Chaos

“Putting all the blame on Pakistan is not right” – Markus Potzel, Germany’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan “Daesh (an Arabic name for the ‘Islamic State’) has emerged. We have questions as to why” – Hamid Karzai Karzai believes Germany could play a role talking to the U.S. to play constructive role in Afghanistan […]