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S. Akbar Zaidi

Demolishing foundational myths

New research on the Muhammad Bin Qasim narrative reveals the misassumptions with which generations have been raised Published Jan 15, 2017 08:22am

The military’s waning power

THE victors who climbed the heights of Kargil and who gave Pakistan visions as divergent as those based on... Published May 03, 2014 07:28am

Military’s continued interference

UNTIL around sometime in 2007, the question ‘which is the strongest institution in Pakistan?’ was always met... Published Apr 05, 2014 07:13am

Is the Taj Mahal Pakistani?

OF COURSE, this is an absurd question. How on earth could the Taj Mahal ‘be Pakistani’ and claim a nationality... Updated Mar 01, 2014 08:05am

Rethink privatisation

There is an urgent need for the government to rethink its steam-rolling project of privatisation. Updated Feb 01, 2014 12:19pm

Karachi as a province

THERE is little disagreement on the suggestion that Pakistan needs many more provinces than the existing four (five,... Published Jan 11, 2014 07:23am

Civil society’s failures

ECONOMISTS know about what they call ‘market failure’ as well as ‘government failure’ in a situation where... Updated Aug 20, 2013 07:50am

The urban present

SOON after the 1998 census results were made public, Reza Ali, an urban planner and researcher from Lahore, wrote a... Published Aug 05, 2013 07:25am

More than one ‘conservatism’

AN argument doing the rounds suggests that a ‘right-wing wave’ has swept Pakistan’s recent general elections.... Published May 24, 2013 05:54am

Suitcase economists

IN a rare moment of bold, honest, reflection, on Dec 24, members of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance, which included at least one prominent PPP member, demanded the resignation of Published Dec 31, 2012 03:48am

Reasons or excuses?

AT the recently concluded 28th annual general meeting and conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists, organised by what is now the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) Published Nov 30, 2012 09:02pm

Lahore’s domination

KARACHI is the most developed economic and social administrative entity (district/ division) in Pakistan. In almost every single category of economic and social indicators, it tops the list of Pakistan’s districts. Although Published Oct 15, 2012 12:06am

Singh should visit

VISAS, peace accords, even trade treaties between India and Pakistan pale into insignificance without the icing on the cake, a visit by Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, to meet the President of Pakistan, Published Sep 23, 2012 10:04pm

Economic myths & our elite

THE more one talks to Pakistan’s educated elite, the more one realises just how uneducated it is about many things, especially Pakistan’s economy. This is partly not their fault, for many economists are equally Published Sep 03, 2012 03:05am

The power of land

SOME economists have shown empirically, that land reforms in rural areas, may not lead to economic growth, and hence have argued that such reforms are not worth pursuing. Published Aug 13, 2012 12:04am

The strongest institution?

THERE has never been any doubt, that for more than 50 years, from the mid-1950s to almost exactly the end of 2007, the single-most powerful and dominating institution in Pakistan’s body politic has been the Published Jul 02, 2012 03:04am

But what if it wins?

EVERY government is a political government, even a military dictatorship, a fact which most analysts and commentators forget. Published Jun 11, 2012 12:15am

The worst ever?

BEFORE the budget of the next financial year is announced within the next few weeks, the Ministry of Finance is, as every year, expected to reveal its Economic Survey for the on-going fiscal year 2011-12. Published May 21, 2012 12:15am

Taxing elites

ELITES are taxing in any context and in any environment. In Pakistan, however, their behaviour makes matters doubly worse. Published Apr 30, 2012 12:15am