Tribulations of parliamentary democracy
Ayaz Amir |The News| January 23, 2015 This is not the failure of democracy. But it certainly is the failure of one brand of democracy, that of the parliamentary kind. We just don’t seem to have it in us to work this system: neither the sophistication,... 
Anatomy of the petrol crisis
Sakib Sherani |DAWN| January 23, 2015 THE recent petroleum crisis is illuminating in how this government functions — or doesn’t. A number of conflicting and generally unhelpful assessments have been provided by federal ministers, but with one underlying... 
Madressah & Education Reform
I.A. Rehman |DAWN| January 22, 2015 IF the ulema belonging to the various schools of thought have really agreed to accept a regulatory mechanism for their madressahs and also changes in their curriculum there is good reason to celebrate the development... 
Down a slippery slope
Zahid Hussain |DAWN| January 21, 2015 MILITARY coups in Pakistan have had a certain element of predictability and imminence about them. One could see them unfolding. There was nothing subtle about them — always a swift and hard power play. This time... 
What more proof of system’s collapse?
Ayaz Amir |The News| January 20, 2015 We should consider ourselves blessed for we are witnessing a miracle unfold. No power on earth could have broken the Zardari-led PPP’s record of incompetence. But Nawaz Sharif and his good governance team have managed... 
Fairer economic growth
Shahid Kardar |DAWN| January 20, 2015 ACHIEVING growth rates of 7pc plus to absorb the net annual additions to the labour force will require: a) higher rates of domestic savings to finance the investments needed to attain and then maintain such growth... 
Turmoil in the Muslim world
Shahid Javed Burki |Express Tribune| January 19, 2015 In my writing on the economic development of the Muslim world, I have found it useful to divide this stretch of land into two parts. The western part starts from Morocco and ends with Bangladesh. It... 
The controversy of the 21st Amendment
Shahzad Chaudhary |Express Tribune| January 19, 2015 When Maulana Fazlur Rehman of the JUI-F chose to speak out against the 21st Amendment, and absented himself from parliament conveniently avoiding endorsement of the constitutional amendment — after... 
Time to Introspect
Babar Sattar |DAWN| January 19, 2015 OUR judges are angry that they are being used as scapegoats. Those who have been discharging their duties fairly, diligently and with integrity have a right to be angry. But does individual excellence entitle them... 
Wrong prescription
Dr. Farrukh Saleem |The News| January 18, 2015 In medicine, diagnosis is the ‘identification of the nature of an illness’. Outside of medicine, diagnosis is the ‘identification of the nature and cause of a certain phenomenon’. What follows diagnosis... 
They drew first
Saad Rasool |Nation| January 18, 2015 Away from our myopic world of ‘Go Nawaz Go’, and the sensationalism of what dress Reham Khan wore at the ill-timed wedding, the entire world is embroiled in the attack on Charlie Hebdo, and the ensuing debate... 



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