Sunday March 26, 2023
Dr Farrukh Saleem
Dr Farrukh Saleem

The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad.

  • March 26, 2023

    Politics of lies

    A political party in Pakistan with specific political objectives is hell-bent on snatching these objectives by inciting public resentment and trying...

  • March 19, 2023

    In reverse

    A ‘substantive democracy’ is supposed to produce two things: political stability and economic growth. We have had 11 elections over the past 48...

  • March 12, 2023

    Politics of inflation

    Inflation in Pakistan is a political decision. The most recent government-released figures depict a major year-on-year increase of 31 per cent. The...

  • March 05, 2023

    It’s all about politics

    Our politicians are deeply and dangerously divided. Our judiciary is divided. Our state institutions are divided. Our journalists are divided. We...

  • February 19, 2023


    Most of our problems are political in nature, not economic. The IMF programme just by itself is not going to be enough. Question: why do we have 34...

  • February 12, 2023

    Sri Lanka or Bangladesh?

    Pakistan’s economy is hanging by a thread; fragile and vulnerable at a risk of breaking down. In 2021, the Sri Lankan economy faced a significant...

  • February 05, 2023

    Party’s over

    On August 15, 1947, the day after Pakistan declared independence, the United States established diplomatic relations with us. In 1954, Pakistan...

  • January 29, 2023

    After the IMF

    After the IMF, electricity will be pricier by 20 per cent. After the IMF, gas will be pricier by 50 per cent. After the IMF, petrol and diesel will...

  • January 22, 2023

    Red alert

    We now have weeks – not months – left to make a decision. Failure to act will be disastrous. To be certain, Pakistan’s economy is manageable....

  • January 15, 2023


    Congratulations PM Shehbaz Sharif – the 2023 International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan was a resounding success, exceeding all...