Monday May 20, 2024
Hussain H Zaidi

The writer is a graduate from a western European university

  • April 17, 2024

    A strategic rivalry

    In 2023, the US-China bilateral trade reached $575 billion

  • March 27, 2024

    Moral suasion isn’t the answer

    People shop at a market in Lahore. — AFP/FileWhenever the economy is up the creek, as at present, messages start doing the rounds that if each...

  • March 21, 2024

    Why do reforms elude Pakistan?

    Fiscal deficit, however, becomes a problem, and a serious one if it’s persistently high, when, as in the case of Pakistan

  • March 15, 2024

    Egging on the IMF

    Is Imran Khan's letter an earnest attempt to safeguard genuine democracy in Pakistan?

  • March 02, 2024

    Dynamics of a political oligopoly

    Former PM Shahbaz Sharif, former Present Asif Zardari, and PPP Chairmen Bilawal Bhutto during the press conference on February 20, 2024. —...

  • February 24, 2024

    The rise and rise of fascism

    The chasm between the two often prepares the ground for the rise of such sinister movements as fascism, populism and cultism

  • January 05, 2024

    A land of ladlas

    In the political context, a ladla is one who gets preferential treatment or undue favours from the people or institutions that matter

  • December 29, 2023

    Elections and elitism

    As the nation gears up for national elections, the question that dominates media and political discourse is: which party will carry the day? Will it...

  • November 06, 2023

    Trading electables

    A representational image of the National Assembly session. — AFP/FilePolitical activities will heat up in the wake of the announcement of the...

  • October 30, 2023

    Not one party is revolutionary

    Former Prime Minister and graft convict Nawaz Sharif leaves after appearing before the High Court in Islamabad on October 24, 2023. —...

  • October 02, 2023

    Developing with a cultural lag

    Cultural lag is a condition in a society where one aspect of culture is out of kilter with another to which it is related. As a result, society...

  • August 12, 2023

    The legacy that lingers

    August 17 marks the death anniversary of General Ziaul Haq, Pakistan’s longest serving ruler. Having ousted the country’s hitherto most popular...

  • July 26, 2023

    The art of creating enemies

    The PTI received a second setback after the fateful day of May 9, 2023. A few weeks ago, a large number of frontline party leaders from Punjab –...

  • July 17, 2023

    What after the IMF credit?

    Dollars are pouring in following the conclusion of a $3 billion short-term credit programme with the IMF. Pakistan has received the first tranche of...

  • July 02, 2023

    A red carpet for India

    It was ironic for the White House to condemn cross-border terrorism in the context of Pakistan-India relations while playing host to the man who as...

  • June 10, 2023

    The other side of politics

    For a politician who was brought up in the lap of the powers that be and who rode to power on their coattails, it must be excruciatingly agonizing...

  • May 29, 2023

    A (mock) revolution gone awry

    Composed on the grandest of scales and couched in the most sublime of languages, the epic represents the highest form of poetry. Typically, this...

  • May 17, 2023

    Descent into fascism

    The violence, arson and pillage that followed the arrest of populist leader Imran Khan is emblematic of Pakistan’s descent into fascism. The way...

  • April 30, 2023

    A case for strategic privatization

    Whenever the economy is in hot waters, selling state-owned enterprises is seen as a key ingredient of the recipe for economic recovery. The IMF,...

  • April 17, 2023

    Constitutionalism: the missing links

    This April marks the golden jubilee of the adoption of the 1973 constitution. The last 50 years have been a bumpy ride for the basic law of the...

  • April 08, 2023

    Anatomy of a conflict

    The current tug-of-war between the executive/parliament and the judiciary may be seen from two perspectives: one, as a morbid manifestation of a...

  • March 11, 2023

    A rational choice?

    Did the PML-N make a rational choice by opting to vote out the then prime minister in April last year and subsequently form a coalition rather than...

  • February 18, 2023

    Gandhi’s ‘mission impossible’

    Released in 2008, the Bollywood movie ‘Shaurya’ depicts the court martial of a Muslim officer of the Indian army for having shot his senior...

  • February 01, 2023

    The thing about truth

    In ‘tell-all’ interviews and explosive statements, former prime minister Imran Khan, who has the knack of staying in the news, is heaping all...

  • January 05, 2023

    The (only) light at the end

    Every nation has some pipedreams. We Pakistanis have several. One of them is to say goodbye to the IMF once and for all and start implementing an...

  • October 24, 2022

    Repetitive and retributive

    History is repetitive and nature is retributive. These are two of the most potent notions that have fired human imagination since the dawn of...

  • September 15, 2022

    The sacralization of politics

    A cult leader is regarded by his/her followers as the epitome of virtue and wisdom and thus a complete stranger to the intellectual or moral lapses...

  • July 17, 2022

    The age of the sophists

    Ancient Greece is known as the cradle of Western philosophy and produced some of the greatest philosophers of all times. However, in the same...

  • June 11, 2022

    An ‘over-heated’ economy

    Over the years, Pakistan’s economy has been confronted with a dilemma it has not been able to overcome: In the event that it registers lackluster...

  • April 27, 2022

    The double whammy of populism

    The primacy of the will over the intellect or the other way around, and the tensions between an itching impulse coming straight from the heart ...

  • April 14, 2022

    A change for the worse

    Prior to the exit of Imran Khan, in 1989 a no-trust motion was voted upon against the-then prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The contrasting manners in...

  • March 10, 2022

    Sanctions and their efficacy

    Do the sanctions imposed by the US and its European allies on Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine make sense? To put the question in a...

  • February 24, 2022

    Opposition and the prisoners’ dilemma

    The writer is an Islamabad-based columnist.Anyone living during the 1990s would for sure have scoffed at the idea of the PPP and PML-N joining hands...

  • January 17, 2022

    IMF: rhetoric and reality

    The IMF-sponsored programme can at best have a marginal effect on scaling down trade deficit, which is primarily undergirded by productivity...

  • December 29, 2021

    Pakistan and the idea of change

    The writer is an Islamabad-based columnist.Both mainstream and social media are abuzz with speculations that a change in the government is on the...

  • December 06, 2021

    Mobs, morality and ‘justice’

    The writer is an Islamabad-based columnist.Over the years, Sialkot has earned a name for itself for its bustling medical equipment and sports goods...

  • November 13, 2021

    Crony capitalism

    The writer is an Islamabad-based columnist.Crony capitalism refers to a system in which people in power dole out substantial benefits to businesses...

  • July 15, 2021

    Development and transvaluation

    Popularized by German philosopher Nietzsche, the concept of transvaluation of values implies that norms and ideals embodied in a moral system...

  • June 04, 2021

    A civilization in decline?

    In a significant move, the Chinese government has allowed couples to have three children. The permission replaces the two-child policy introduced in...

  • May 05, 2021

    The question of surplus value

    Since the advent of the Industrial Revolution in England during the 18th century, one question that has probably sparked more debate than any other...

  • April 22, 2021

    An unwarranted assumption

    Shaukat Tareen is the fourth finance minister in the PTI government that came to power in August 2018. A banker of considerable distinction who...

  • March 26, 2021

    Coalitions and payoffs

    Why are the other constituents of the Pakistan Democratic Movement making such a song and dance about the PPP’s reluctance to quit from the...

  • March 11, 2021

    Winners and losers

    It may be an oxymoron but the defeat of Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh at the hands of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has come as an...

  • March 01, 2021

    The WTO: decisions and constraints

    The selection of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian national, as the director-general of the World Trade Organization , is significant for at least two...

  • February 14, 2021

    A grubby affair

    As if doomed by fate, as a rule parliamentary elections in Pakistan are mired in controversy. Polls for the popularly elected National Assembly give...

  • January 12, 2021

    Stranger in the house

    Donald Trump’s emergence as the villain of the piece not only for the majority of his compatriots but for other capitalist democracies as well...

  • January 02, 2021

    It’s capitalism once more

    The writer is an Islamabad-based columnist.As the sun set on the year 2020, the energies of governments and people around the world remained...

  • December 05, 2020

    The rise of the TLP

    More important than the TLP is the narrative that it espouses

  • October 30, 2020

    The new normal

    The spectacle of top leadership of the PPP and the PML-N sharing the stage at public meetings in Gujranwala and Karachi has generated mixed...