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Mosharraf Zaidi
Mosharraf Zaidi

  • May 28, 2024

    Radical economic transformation

    This is not a crossroads that any Pakistani should be excited about or proud of

  • May 21, 2024

    National education emergency

    Most leaders also have the disadvantage of being surrounded by people they have chosen to be around them

  • May 07, 2024

    Finding political legitimacy

    Capability, accountability, and responsiveness don’t quite capture the increasingly important issue of legitimacy

  • April 30, 2024

    What does and doesn’t pass for reform?

    One of the most vexing problems governments face everywhere is the challenge of finding the right talent

  • April 23, 2024

    Reimagining governance

    In this picture taken on April 16, 2023, people throng a market area during shopping in Lahore. — AFPOne of the frameworks that has been most...

  • April 16, 2024

    The Daanish debate

    Whether the Daanish Schools effort has been able to live up to its principles or not may be debatable

  • April 09, 2024

    An accountant’s approach to NFC?

    Arguments in favour of revised NFC are, on aggregate, about fiscal difficulties that federal government faces

  • April 02, 2024

    The corrosion of a republic

    A representational image of a person waving the flag of Pakistan. — AFP/FileThe corrosion of a republic isn’t an event. It is a process. It...

  • March 26, 2024

    China, the neighbour: ‘In a way’

    One way to try to understand what Ishaq Dar meant when he distinguished Pakistan’s shared borders with China

  • March 19, 2024

    Disruption or destruction?

    Common theme among societies and countries that are broadly seen to be successful is disruption

  • March 12, 2024

    Who should be the finance minister?

    Representational image. — PixabayAsking the wrong question is one of the most prominent qualities of the Pakistani public discourse. ‘Who should...

  • March 05, 2024

    Will Shehbaz Sharif succeed as PM?

    PML-N itself, PPP, and PTI all needed more Shehbaz Sharif, not less

  • February 27, 2024

    Costs of calcification

    Pakistani decision-making has another additional layer of disability

  • February 20, 2024

    Did Imran win or did the status quo lose?

    Attempt to make this distinction will be seen as sacrilege by Khan faithful but it is perhaps single most important domestic policy issue in...

  • February 13, 2024

    Next steps for a political miracle

    There is no escaping the party’s arrival as the big, immovable object in Pakistani politics

  • February 06, 2024

    Another February general election

    I write a little about this case this week to highlight most important implication of case – one that is largely amiss in public discourse

  • January 16, 2024

    ‘Economic wars’ and national strength

    Pakistan as book launch of Maximilian Hess's Economic Wars Ukraine and the Global Conflict Between Russia and the West

  • January 09, 2024

    Sartaj Aziz 1929-2024

    I share some excerpts from second edition of his book, ‘Between Dreams and Realities’, on issues important for Pakistan

  • December 26, 2023

    Peace with India in 2024?

    Just another day in Indian-Occupied Kashmir’s Poonch district on December 22. Mohammad Showkat, age 22, Safeer Hussain age 45, and Shabir Ahmad...

  • December 19, 2023

    No money and not smart

    The rapid changes taking place around the world are not superficial. These are changes that are altering how the world works. We heard the ‘we...

  • December 12, 2023

    Sleepwalking into the darkness

    Venal and rent-seeking elites are a global phenomenon, but most countries don’t have to deal with the lack of imagination and basic incompetence...

  • December 05, 2023

    The true test of the SIFC

    The logic for a public-sector vehicle that does what the Special Investment Facilitation Council is supposed to do is solid. Pakistan’s...

  • November 29, 2023

    Bleeding Pakistan further

    The narratives that enable recruitment and financing for extremists are emerging from Gaza faster than Israel can kill the next Palestinian child

  • November 14, 2023

    Capability, stability and purpose

    Pakistani security and media officials gather in front of the Parliament House building in Islamabad. — AFP/FileThe February 8, 2024, general...

  • October 31, 2023

    The implications of depopulating Gaza

    Smoke and dust rise following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on October 30, 2023. — AFPIn December 1987 after two...

  • October 17, 2023

    Palestine exposes a vacuum in Pakistan

    A black plume of smoke billows behind highrise buildings during an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on October 9, 2023. — AFP   The crisis in the...

  • October 10, 2023

    Lessons from Sderot for Pakistan

    Israel's Iron Dome defence system and rockets launched from Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip rise into the night sky on May 14, 2023. — AFPFor many in...

  • October 03, 2023

    Pain is coming

    Pakistan’s most important decision-makers are now facing a dire and extreme choice. They can either choose to inflict some long overdue pain on...

  • September 26, 2023

    There isn’t enough money

    Pakistan has witnessed a steep decline over the last two years, maybe the steepest in its post-partition history. If there is one overarching...

  • September 19, 2023

    The Age of The Qazi

    The ascension of Justice Qazi Faez Isa to the office of chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan is no ordinary moment in Pakistani judicial...

  • June 20, 2023

    Drowning to live

    The capsizing of a fishing trawler off the coast of Greece has shocked many around the world. At least 78 have died and several hundred remain...

  • June 06, 2023

    Nawaz Sharif as the ‘Elder’

    What is different about the current illegal and unconstitutional crackdown on a single political party? Because crackdowns have happened before....

  • May 30, 2023

    A highly flammable summer

    It was the biggest mystery. For months, since the economy started to slide into an entirely predictable and avoidable crisis, well to do Pakistanis...

  • May 23, 2023

    Pindi’s Hobbesian nightmare

    It isn’t just Rawalpindi now. It is much larger and very simple . This desire that Pakistan should be well governed, and without absolute...

  • May 16, 2023

    The fate of the republic

    The seriousness of the crisis in Pakistan can be gauged from what is perhaps the most sobering of all the considerations as we begin to take account...

  • May 09, 2023

    How long to fix Pakistan?

    Too much has already been said about the current Pakistani polycrisis. Nothing said so far is particularly insightful. Of course, nothing said is...

  • May 02, 2023

    SCO: vital national interest

    The government’s decision to accept the invitation to the SCO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Goa this week reflects a maturity that has otherwise...

  • April 25, 2023

    Three urgent national crises

    Three urgent national crises will remain unaddressed no matter who comes out on top in the political and institutional free-for-all battle royale...

  • April 18, 2023

    Can the disease be the cure?

    There is such a thing as a false binary. But the fact that crimes have already been committed against the people of Pakistan – whose will and...

  • April 11, 2023

    The ‘tameer’ of leadership

    I wanted to write this week’s column on the amazing story of Tameer Bank as narrated in a new book by Nadeem Hussain, who was the founder and CEO...

  • April 04, 2023

    Why Saudi Arabia won’t bail us out

    There is a very slim chance that Pakistan may be able to win Saudi Arabian support for the resumption of its IMF programme, but if it does, this...