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Thursday February 29, 2024
Mosharraf Zaidi
Mosharraf Zaidi

  • 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...

  • March 28, 2023

    What we must fight for

    In the midst of this polycrisis for the ages, it is not difficult to enumerate all the things that are going badly and everything that is...

  • March 21, 2023

    Shaken and stirred by Imran Khan

    Three things have happened in the last ten days that have put Pakistan even more firmly on a default trajectory than it was on before.First, China...

  • March 14, 2023

    Bad things that have happened before

    Pakistan is in the midst of a polycrisis, and there are no signs that the elite – bureaucratic, military, civilian, business, or religious –...

  • March 07, 2023

    Adding $80 billion to the GDP

    Can you name the country where women have the smallest share of senior, managerial and legislative roles? Can you name the country that has one of...

  • February 28, 2023

    Economic dystopia incentivized

    Can you guess what country has the world’s worst financial inclusion statistics? It is Pakistan. With 115 million unbanked adults , Pakistan has...

  • February 14, 2023

    A conspiracy of incompetence

    Every country on the planet is suffering from populism. It is a cancer that metastasizes because of the failure of neoliberalism, because of the...

  • January 31, 2023

    Another economic disas-Dar

    The Sharifs of London have miscalculated badly, but the costs of the miscalculation and the disas-Dar being unleashed on the economy are not going...

  • January 24, 2023

    India’s coming of age

    In 1999, when General Musharraf sprung the Kargil misadventure on the Pakistani people, India had a GDP of just over $450 billion. To contextualize...

  • January 17, 2023

    Time for an election

    The polycrisis in Pakistan rages on. Urgent questions agitate the condition of the Pakistani. A sovereign default may not be imminent, but an...

  • January 10, 2023

    How Pakistan wasted Guterres and Geneva

    Yesterday, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, along with the United Nations, co-hosted a conference on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the...

  • January 03, 2023

    Beyond 2023: exiting polycrisis

    It is not going to be easy to put the polycrisis of 2022 behind us. The grieving mothers of the dozens of soldiers that were martyred across the...

  • December 27, 2022

    What’s in store in 2023?

    Pakistanis have been overwhelmed by the challenges our country faced in 2022. The collapse of economic growth, the corrosion of trust in the...

  • December 20, 2022

    A counterterrorism future again?

    Thirteen years ago, in December 2007, the Pakistani military completed Operation Rah-e-Haq, ostensibly cleansing Swat of the threat of a terrorist...