The game has seemingly reached the phase of stalemate rather than checkmate.
The role of state founders after freedom is mixed.
We are fast rejecting the key tenets of global progress.
All our issues stem from long eras of autocracy.
A review of six key areas shows positive trends in not even one, mainly due to autocracy.
New alternatives will need changes in basic values.
The main IMF conditions have failed to deliver sustainable growth or even fiscal or external deficit reduction over four decades.
Unlike Gulab, this cyclone may not miss us.
The world usually struggles to tame even real pariah and rogue regimes.
Some see an attempt to marginalise even conservative parties
While blame still accrues to the weak Ashraf Ghani regime, more decisive blame lies elsewhere with stronger states.
Policies in major areas show a state of drift.
It is important not to normalise such groups.
Voting by expats has clear benefits but also entails challenges.
The budget provides no clarity on likely progress on key criteria.
PTI’s economic record is not rosy as some say it is.
There is no proof that the PR system gives good governance.
Some say freedom fighters are not terrorists.
Only remittances show a positive trend.
Elite bargains provide a powerful view of our political economy.