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Quota system in Pakistan

Quota system in Pakistan

The federal cabinet at its last meeting directed the establishment division to review the quota system in Pakistan and present its recommendations. It is imperative to have a clear understanding as to why so many countries have institutionalised political and administrative representation of ascriptive identity groups before reviewing the system. Equity and diversity in all state institutions have become a …

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The ecosystem is breaking down

The ecosystem is breaking down

The ecosystem is the quintessential essence of life on our planet, and this crucial life system is showing signs of breaking down. It is likely a more pressing problem than climate change. Time will tell but time is short. The ecosystem consists of all living organisms that interact with nonliving components like air, water, and soil contained within the biosphere, …

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Saudi Arabia under King Salman

Saudi Arabia under King Salman

RIYADH: King Salman has overseen some important changes in Saudi Arabia since he inherited the throne from his elderly half-brother King Abdullah nearly three years ago. Following the arrest of dozens of figures including princes, ministers and a top business tycoon, here is a look back at some developments during his reign. Changes at the top On Jan 23, 2015 …

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How liberals can reclaim Utopia

How liberals can reclaim Utopia

Politics at its best is founded on extraordinary hope. The utopian impulse is the hope that things can get better. Politics today, however, doesn’t exactly feel enchanted. As populism surges, the inspiring words seem to have gone missing, and so has utopian hope. It is vital for the good health of liberal democracies that their politicians do not descend into …

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Dangerous delusions

Dangerous delusions

Currently, Pakistan-US relations are at their lowest ever over the past 70 years. The most obvious reason for this is the divergence between the two sides over the Afghan endgame. But the underlying reason is the global systemic transformation marked by the efforts of a declining US to contain the emergence of a rising China as a strategic competitor. By …

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Looking to make the next Silicon Valley in Pakistan

Looking to make the next Silicon Valley in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is witnessing a movement of business incubators and startups. It is encouraging that youth is responding to such opportunities. The analysis of this tide reveals that nascent efforts are yielding positive benefits, but a lot is still needed to take our startups to the next level. We share here an account of our recent visit to a business …

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Do social media threaten democracy?

Do social media threaten democracy?

Facebook, Google and Twitter were supposed to save politics as good information drove out prejudice and falsehood. Something has gone very wrong IN 1962 a British political scientist, Bernard Crick, published “In Defence of Politics”. He argued that the art of political horse-trading, far from being shabby, lets people of different beliefs live together in a peaceful, thriving society. In …

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Broadening of tax base

Broadening of tax base

In the last couple of months, Pakistan taxation system has been under the microscope and has stirred much debate due to its loopholes and limited tax network. Repeatedly, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has failed to generate sufficient funds to finance the federal expenses. Very conveniently this failure blame is put on the FBR’s inefficiency and corruption by seasoned …

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Pak-US pursuit of happiness

Pak-US pursuit of happiness

The acerbic allies? The former foreign minister, Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, termed US and Pakistan as the Odd Couple in his book, and for good reason. Their seventy years old relationship has every now and then resorted to highs and lows at different times and in the wake of varying global scenarios. Consistency, stability, and shared interests and objectives, supposedly the …

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National security and the NFC

National security and the NFC

Some vibes coming out of the recent security-economy conclave suggest that the current state of public finance is constraining the flow of resources to national security at a time when an additionality is critically needed. Economists hoping to be part of a cure-all technocratic set-up are pointing fingers at what they view as the overgenerous 7th NFC award. This award …

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