‘Short-term pain’ needs to be made the centre of any reform conversation.
Mounting despondency with politics has created a situation where even those who are usually shielded from a decrepit economy feel unprotected.
There are politicians in every party that understand what is at stake and what needs to be done.
It’s clear once more that in the list of government priorities, universities fall well below vanity road infrastructure.
Pakistan’s political history tells us that domination by one party or the establishment tends to run its course.
There are the costs of a more stable political future and they need to be borne by the mainstream parties.
What ability does the middle class actually have to influence Pakistan’s politics and economy and how?
The task before anyone thinking about politics and the future of this country has never been clearer.
Increasingly, the imagery is receding from the scene, while the water refuses to do so.
The Pakistani state’s past performance in managing calamities of various sorts is not abysmal, given existing capacity levels.
The booms appear to be getting shorter and the busts ever sharper and frequent.
If sustained development project is to take root in Pakistan, it would've to be built on idea greater than ‘IMF has asked for it’.
The establishment is an entrenched political actor and is unlikely to lose influence in key matters of the state overnight.
Upcoming 18 months looking bleak for every rural and urban household, except those in top 5pc income and wealth distribution.
If the act of governing is not preferable at this point, then why get into government in the first place?
What is causing this polarisation among politicians and among citizens?
The issue is not just of who is liked more, but also of rules, demography and geography.
PTI’s behaviour in and outside the legislatures was as if it enjoyed a two-thirds majority.
The wilful abdication of responsibility by political parties cannot be ignored.
How do rights organisations work in a space that is increasingly hostile to their existence?