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Foqia Sadiq Khan
Foqia Sadiq Khan

  • June 13, 2023

    Why the country fails

    It is apparent now that Project Imran Khan/PTI is being dismantled. Some commentators wonder whether the PTI was ever a political party. Others use...

  • June 02, 2023

    How to appoint a judge

    Once general elections are held in the country, Pakistan needs to focus on a number of economic and political reforms. It might be worthwhile to...

  • May 13, 2023

    How to shore up the state

    Pakistan is a serious nation-state; despite the fact that it may function in a ‘flailing’ way and may have other shortcomings and weaknesses in...

  • May 07, 2023

    The accountability question

    Lately, Pakistan’s superior judiciary has been in the limelight due to various legal, constitutional, and political developments in the country....

  • April 03, 2023

    Men as gatekeepers

    The concept of gender has been misunderstood around the world. It is assumed to be something concerning women only while it really concerns both...

  • March 22, 2023

    Continuity and change

    There are quite a few ways to look at the recent developments in the country. One of these ways is to apply the framework of continuity and change...

  • March 06, 2023

    The reforms industry

    In Pakistan since the coalition government has got some space, there is a whole reforms’ industry that has crept up. Some of this sentiment is...

  • January 11, 2023

    The technocratic takeover

    The whispers for the new technocratic setup have decreased a little but it is an idea that needs to be strongly debunked as it raises its ugly head...

  • December 29, 2022

    Charter of economy

    Now that the political temperature has somewhat gone down in the country; there is a need to think of some medium and long-term measures to focus on...

  • December 14, 2022

    Dissecting corruption

    The world recently observed International Anti-Corruption Day . It is time to contextualize the corruption debate in Pakistan. Corruption is not...

  • December 03, 2022

    War of narratives

    December is here, and is the season of stocktaking. Now that important appointments in the country have been made and the officials concerned have...

  • November 20, 2022

    Productivity and distortions

    Generally academic debates remain limited in academic circles with their key takeaways inked in books and journal articles. The real world of...

  • September 27, 2022

    Preparing for the floods

    Now that the very immediate rescue phase of super devastating floods in Pakistan is dovetailing into the relief phase to move towards the...

  • August 02, 2022

    Charter of growth

    Pakistan Institute of Development Economics , an Islamabad-based university and policy institute, has recently published its Charter of Economy....

  • May 26, 2022

    Accountability of the educator

    Everyone who is even a little bit familiar with how governance works knows that only those systems work that can be held accountable. Absolute power...

  • April 12, 2022

    What is our capacity scorecard?

    By the time you read this article, Shehbaz Sharif is most likely to have been voted in as the prime minister of Pakistan. When columnists like...

  • March 25, 2022

    Productivity paradox

    One of the basic problems with Pakistan’s economy is that it produces less of the end products that can be sold in the world market and consumes...

  • March 03, 2022

    Growth and poverty

    What is the relationship of economic growth with poverty reduction? Answers to this question may not fall under the ambit of any conclusive...

  • February 20, 2022

    Politics of decentralisation

    A good thing about social science research is that one can have strong opinions about certain social realities and structures until new research...

  • January 31, 2022

    Change in politics

    Pakistan-origin academics based abroad have carefully studied the workings of the political parties here. However, work on the political parties and...

  • January 10, 2022

    The autonomy mirage

    Pakistan is into its 23rd IMF programme, and the IMF has still not learned about the ineffectiveness of its conditions. The latest IMF condition...

  • December 30, 2021

    Agenda for 2022

    We are closing on the current year and the new year is round the corner. It is worth pondering over what the agenda for 2022 for Pakistan should be....

  • December 13, 2021

    Vaccine apartheid

    China is all set to give one billion vaccine doses to African countries as part of its large-scale cooperation with the African continent. Given...

  • December 04, 2021

    Educational outcomes

    More than half of the urban population lives in slums in Pakistan, according to some estimates. Those living in slums are extremely marginalised and...

  • November 14, 2021

    Women’s work

    It is abundantly clear, if one analyses the serious issues that Pakistan is currently facing, that the problem of a lack of planning is present...

  • October 31, 2021

    Private education

    As progressives, we always believed that it is the state’s responsibility to provide quality education to the people, especially to the...

  • October 02, 2021

    A feminist manifesto

    In a country like Pakistan where progressive mobilisation is undermined by both the state and society, it is a legitimate question to ask whether...

  • September 19, 2021

    Local government capacity

    Ideally, real good social science research offers a good combination of theory and empirical evidence. Theory needs to guide the empirical part of...

  • September 03, 2021

    Profiting off war

    Newspaper commentary is full of coverage of how the US and its Nato allies have lost the Afghan war. There is very little mention of how the...

  • August 21, 2021

    Unstable equilibrium

    How do opposing social and political forces deal with each other and learn to coexist despite their conflictual positions? We explore this question...

  • August 03, 2021

    Rethinking agriculture

    The poverty of social science in Pakistan is reflected in the fact that there have been few attempts to rethink the political economy of agriculture...

  • July 09, 2021

    Prioritizing environmental protection

    In our obsession with political news, we often forget the more pressing issues that confront the quality of life in Pakistan.Climate change, air...

  • June 17, 2021

    Improving the railways

    It has been a few days since 65 innocent citizens of this country lost their lives to a senseless train accident in Ghotki. The collective amnesia...

  • May 31, 2021

    Inequality and growth

    Inequality is an impediment in national development. There is a need for inclusive growth that is pro-poor and the goals of growth and reduction in...

  • May 13, 2021

    Human development

    There is now a well-established critique that GDP alone does not capture human welfare quite well on its own. There is a need for a broader canvas...

  • April 26, 2021

    Vaccination record

    Pakistan’s vaccination record is terrible compared to other countries in the South Asian region on a per capita basis. It is hard to know how the...

  • April 14, 2021

    Urban housing for the poor

    Provision of urban housing for the poor is a complex phenomenon. Most of the urban poor live in informal slums and face the day-to-day difficulties...

  • March 29, 2021

    Bazaar traders in urban Punjab

    The informal economy in Pakistan is one of most-understudied phenomena despite its huge prevalence. Marketplace traders are an important part of...

  • March 13, 2021

    Civil service reforms

    There is a need to undertake a deep analysis of the reform culture in Pakistan. Reforms are in perpetual process in various sectors in the country...

  • February 26, 2021

    Science of cities

    One has always been in favour of good qualitative research as it captures the depth of social realities better. However, quantitative research if...

  • February 15, 2021

    Decentralization and service delivery

    It is common for those who work for international financial institutions to rally against provincial autonomy and the 18th Amendment. We refer to a...

  • February 01, 2021

    Women, politics and opposition

    The conventional consensus is that Pakistan lags behind severely in gender equality. However, one area where it has made progress is women in...

  • January 24, 2021

    Party-voters linkage

    Politicians’ teams consisting of local level politicians and party workers on the ground level work as 'political machines', and the way these...