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2019

A threat to the idea of South Asia

A threat to the idea of South Asia What India’s Citizenship Amendment Bill intends to do Let us not beat about the bush. The essence of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) can be collapsed into just one sentence: It is meant to reduce India’s Muslims to second-class citizens; proof of their Indianness endlessly demanded but never fully accepted. The subtext …

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For good governance, Pakistan needs civil service reforms

For good governance, Pakistan needs civil service reforms. But which reforms are the right reforms? Pakistan ranks within the bottom third percentile of all countries included in the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators. More worrying for government policymakers is the fact that over the past two decades there has been little improvement in these key indicators such as government effectiveness, …

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Pakistan’s National Tariff Policy – a positive step

Pakistan’s National Tariff Policy – a positive step ISLAMABAD: There is no constituency for free trade in Pakistan. While the rest of the developing world has largely embraced free trade, notwithstanding recent protectionist tendencies in the United States, Pakistan has not made much progress in that direction. According to the National Tariff Policy (NTP) 2019, Pakistan has been unable to …

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New policy: Electric vehicles a turning point for Pakistan’s auto sector

New policy: Electric vehicles a turning point for Pakistan’s auto sector KARACHI: The automobile sector of Pakistan is expected to undergo a drastic transformation over the next decade as the government has approved the electric vehicle (EV) policy, paving the way for introducing such vehicles in the market of 207 million people. The policy provides multiple incentives for electric vehicle …

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The end of neoliberalism and the rebirth of history

The end of neoliberalism and the rebirth of history At the end of the Cold War, political scientist Francis Fukuyama wrote a celebrated essay called “The End of History?” Communism’s collapse, he argued, would clear the last obstacle separating the entire world from its destiny of liberal democracy and market economies. Many people agreed. Today, as we face a retreat …

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Kartarpur Corridor

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