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Waqas Younas
Waqas Younas

  • August 01, 2019

    Living without hope

    A tragedy is bad, and a preventable tragedy is worse. And the unwillingness to take preventions against an avoidable tragedy is the worst. Nothing...

  • June 10, 2019

    A useful skill

    “Software is going to eat the world”, American entrepreneur Marc Andreessen once noted. The use of computers is revolutionizing media, shipping,...

  • January 09, 2019

    Our hockey debacle

    The fate of world cups in 1994, whether field hockey or soccer, was increasingly being decided on the basis of penalty shoot-outs. Our fortune was...

  • December 14, 2017

    The ticking data bomb

    In a recent op-ed in another newspaper, the writer highlighted the importance of solving our country’s ballooning population growth, since it is...

  • September 25, 2017

    A sincere leadership

    Here’s a thought experiment: How would you teach a person who is blind since birth what an elephant looks like? The size of an elephant makes...

  • May 31, 2017

    Illusions of development

    Recently, an advertisement issued by Punjab’s higher education department appeared in the newspapers. It stated that: “In the initial...

  • March 21, 2017

    Our statesmen

    I am clearly no expert at public policy or governance. However, the recent scuffle between two parliamentarians has made me think. Also, I am no...

  • March 01, 2017

    Debt comparisons

    In an article – titled ‘Pakistan’s debt problem’ –published in these pages on February 25, the writer wrote about...

  • January 09, 2017

    The rise of post-truth

    The internet bridges distances and has the potential to significantly improve our lives in many ways. Recently, however, the prevalence of a...

  • October 31, 2016

    Delusional development

    Delays in the completion of mega-projects have become the norm in our country. The Islamabad airport has seen a cost overrun of Rs19.39 billion; the...

  • October 15, 2016

    Unjust authority

    One cannot imagine inflicting pain on innocent people. However, empirical evidence shows that we have the tendency to let authority define our...

  • August 22, 2016

    Effective digital services

    Hundreds of thousands of people were unable to collect their pensions and suffered as a result when the National Bank of Pakistan’s online...

  • August 07, 2016

    The anatomy of a ban

    A government puts regulatory authorities in place so that activities can be regulated to benefit the public, protect the environment, and prevent...

  • July 23, 2016

    Healthcare and the census

    We are a developing country whose healthcare system is in a deplorable condition; and the lack of updated census data makes it even worse. For...

  • June 19, 2016

    The urban sprawl

    Cities are often a reflection of their zoning codes. Unfortunately, in Pakistan citizens never have any say in how their cities and towns are...

  • March 13, 2016

    The case against privatisation

    Feisal Naqvi recently concluded in these pages that state-owned enterprises fail primarily because of speed and accountability. If this argument...

  • February 13, 2016

    What causes terrorism?

    Faisal Ali Raja wrote an article in these pages which claims that a large youth population and low per capita income perpetuate terrorism. A wide...