Umair Javed

Insularity and breakdown

Insularity and breakdown

Increasingly, the imagery is receding from the scene, while the water refuses to do so. Updated 19 Sep, 2022 09:53am
Trust the state?

Trust the state?

The Pakistani state’s past performance in managing calamities of various sorts is not abysmal, given existing capacity levels. Updated 05 Sep, 2022 09:27am
Unsustainable trajectory

Unsustainable trajectory

The booms appear to be getting shorter and the busts ever sharper and frequent. Updated 08 Aug, 2022 09:50am
Ideals, economy and destiny

Ideals, economy and destiny

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’. Updated 25 Jul, 2022 09:20am
Civilian supremacy?

Civilian supremacy?

The establishment is an entrenched political actor and is unlikely to lose influence in key matters of the state overnight. Updated 27 Jun, 2022 08:41am
Crisis and opportunity

Crisis and opportunity

Upcoming 18 months looking bleak for every rural and urban household, except those in top 5pc income and wealth distribution. Updated 13 Jun, 2022 08:38am
The case for fresh elections

The case for fresh elections

If the act of governing is not preferable at this point, then why get into government in the first place? Updated 30 May, 2022 07:37am
Popularity and elections

Popularity and elections

The issue is not just of who is liked more, but also of rules, demography and geography. Updated 02 May, 2022 08:35am
A fatal flaw

A fatal flaw

PTI’s behaviour in and outside the legislatures was as if it enjoyed a two-thirds majority. Updated 18 Apr, 2022 08:32am
Lack of trust

Lack of trust

The wilful abdication of responsibility by political parties cannot be ignored. Updated 21 Mar, 2022 09:00am
An elevated disaster

An elevated disaster

Concerns regarding the Lahore-based Rs60bn Elevated Expressway project do not matter to the administration. Published 21 Feb, 2022 07:14am
Reservation or devolution?

Reservation or devolution?

The key issue now is the design of the local government itself. This is particularly concerning for Punjab. Updated 07 Feb, 2022 08:23am
Reworking Pakistani identity

Reworking Pakistani identity

Questions of Pakistani identity are being asked and answered through a variety of different platforms. Updated 10 Jan, 2022 07:49am
A fragile base

A fragile base

Is the incumbent on track for a repeat? After recent events and general trends, it’s looking a bit tight right now. Updated 27 Dec, 2021 07:34am
The bare minimum

The bare minimum

Law and order can be expanded beyond just exemplary punishment after violence has occurred. Updated 13 Dec, 2021 07:34am
Judicialisation as politics

Judicialisation as politics

Why one sees different standards being applied to what appear to be similar issues? Updated 29 Nov, 2021 07:38am