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S. Akbar Zaidi

What are people voting for?

What are people voting for?

Local, real-life issues seem to trump broader issues, supposedly related to principles or ideology. Published Jul 23, 2018 07:09am
The end of democracy?

The end of democracy?

Many elected and civilian groups have continued to raise their voice in a public space which is heavily manipulated. Updated Jun 25, 2018 01:39pm
The Pakhtuns & the Baloch

The Pakhtuns & the Baloch

Pakistani nationalism needs to be interrogated through its multiple variants to understand what it is. Updated May 07, 2018 09:09am
Celebrating women academics

Celebrating women academics

The list in this article is just a powerful indication of the breadth, scope and depth of the scholarship of Pakistani Published Jan 22, 2018 06:58am
Liberals are dangerous

Liberals are dangerous

Imran Khan has given the liberals hope and much-needed reaffirmation. Updated Dec 12, 2017 12:22pm
Rethinking urban and rural

Rethinking urban and rural

It is clear that the classification used in our census for ‘rural’ is wrong. Published Aug 29, 2017 07:17am
Photo ops

Photo ops

We can even sometimes have a civilian opinion on a pressing issue. Published Jul 12, 2017 07:25am
Demolishing foundational myths

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?

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

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