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Ahsan Iqbal
Ahsan Iqbal

  • January 17, 2024

    Instability vs gradualism

    An example is way mil-judicial establishments ballooned and facilitated rise of PTI in past decade and brought party into power in 2018

  • August 26, 2023

    Journey of economic revival

    On April 19, 2022, I faced the most challenging day of my life when I took on the role of federal minister for planning, development & special...

  • August 11, 2023

    The 5Es framework

    Given that elected governments in Pakistan tend to have a short-policy horizon, they are often criticized for not developing long-term policies and...

  • July 25, 2023

    Navigating the path to progress

    Governance has emerged as a key challenge in both developing and developed countries, presenting a range of complex and interconnected issues. The...

  • July 04, 2023

    May 9 and the cult of Imran Khan

    On May 9, the militant cult-followers of a ‘political’ leader waged war against the state of Pakistan, violently attacking symbols of the state...

  • November 02, 2022

    Reviving CPEC: road to prosperity

    Initiated in 2013 by the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was conceived and designed as...

  • October 23, 2022

    Empowering youth beyond rhetoric

    That Pakistan has a huge youth bulge with over 60 per cent of the population being under 30 years of age is an oft-quoted fact. However, the...

  • June 28, 2022

    Turnaround Pakistan

    As we get ready to celebrate Pakistan's 75th independence anniversary, I am reminded of my passion and euphoria at the 50th independence anniversary...

  • February 20, 2022

    NSP: will it make us secure?

    The PTI government has launched a National Security Policy , a document meant to describe how a state aims to provide for the security of its...

  • July 09, 2021

    Strategic pullback

    ‘Budget season’ is a good time for a critical reflection on Pakistan’s current economic challenges and future prospects. Our fiscal budget is...

  • May 06, 2021

    Search for a political settlement

    Three years ago – on May 6, 2018 – I barely survived an assassination attempt on my life as the interior minister of the country. Although my...

  • March 10, 2021

    Good economics is inclusive politics

    The defeat of Finance Minister Mr Hafeez Sheikh in the Senate elections is not just a defeat of Mr Imran Khan but a rejection of the idea that...

  • December 29, 2020

    Options for 2021

    One big lesson from the political and economic history of Pakistan is that ad-hoc and inorganic political arrangements are destined to fail sooner...

  • October 09, 2020

    The whole of the nation

    COAS Gen Bajwa in his remarks to the Corp Commanders Conference has once again reiterated that 5th Generation Warfare and hybrid application...

  • January 26, 2020

    A breakthrough path

    One month in solitary confinement is a good time to reflect on one’s life and the life of our nation. This is my fifth term as MNA from Narowal...

  • January 25, 2020

    A breakthrough path

    One month in solitary confinement is a good time to reflect on one's life and the life of our nation. This is my fifth term as MNA from Narowal...

  • December 04, 2019

    A new approach

    Classical political economic thinkers such as Ibn Khaldun, Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Karl Marx explained in detail that economics, society and...

  • October 20, 2019

    What the economy needs

    The economy is neither a contest of bat and ball nor one of lies or – to be politically correct – ‘U-turns’, which create uncertainty and...

  • May 06, 2019

    IIIP — Fighting extremism

    As I am writing this article, I am overwhelmed with emotions of all sorts. Because a year ago at this time, I was fighting for my life in hospital...

  • January 17, 2019

    A house of cards

    Economic growth is a function of political stability and consistency of policies, among other things. Being cognisant of this, the PML-N tried to...

  • September 24, 2018

    Rethinking national interest

    Due to many local and international factors, the popular conception of national interest in Pakistan has been reduced to a narrow vision and – to...

  • March 25, 2018

    Rising Pakistan

    There is a saying that there are three sides to every story: yours, theirs and the truth. Given how polarised our society has become, whatever the...

  • February 01, 2018

    Can Pakistan make history?

    There are two competing visions that are vying for Pakistan. One of these involves spreading chaos and instability in Pakistan, and has been...

  • December 20, 2017

    CPEC: the long-term plan

    Despite political events in the country created by some narrow vested interests, the 7th Joint Coordination Committee meeting on CPEC was...

  • October 29, 2017

    Democracy versus Technocracy

    Federal Minister of Interior, Planning, Development & Reform There is a troika at play trying to encourage our Armed Forces to make an...

  • September 21, 2017

    Peace and development

    Pakistan is celebrating the International Day of Peace today alongside all other peace-loving nations of the world. The people of the country value...

  • May 31, 2017

    India likely to submit annual report on Indus waters before June 1

    LAHORE: India is expected to submit annual report of Permanent Indus Commission before June 1, 2017 to Pakistan under the arrangements of Indus...

  • May 10, 2017

    A zero-sum game

    In a few months we shall be celebrating our 70th independence anniversary as a nation. It is a long enough period for any nation to learn from its...

  • January 28, 2017

    Rising in transparency

    Till a few years ago, every passing day used to bring a new corruption scandal for Pakistan. In the last three years, things have turned around in...

  • January 09, 2017

    An industrialised Pakistan

    It was an honour for me to lead Pakistan’s delegation at the sixth Joint Coordination Committee of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor in...

  • October 30, 2016

    Deconstructing the politics of lockdown

    The rise of the PTI was regarded a positive change in the political landscape of Pakistan. The PTI attracted a section of urban middle classes which...

  • August 12, 2016

    Vision 2025: An economic long march

    Pakistan aims to become one of the top 25 economies by 2025 and one of the top 10 economies by 2047;govt has allocated more resources for education...