Umair Javed

Painful for whom?

Painful for whom?

‘Short-term pain’ needs to be made the centre of any reform conversation. Updated 23 Jan, 2023 09:20am
Greener pastures

Greener pastures

Mounting despondency with politics has created a situation where even those who are usually shielded from a decrepit economy feel unprotected. Updated 09 Jan, 2023 09:13am
Ignoring the state?

Ignoring the state?

There are politicians in every party that understand what is at stake and what needs to be done. Updated 26 Dec, 2022 09:13am
Campus and tarmac

Campus and tarmac

It’s clear once more that in the list of government priorities, universities fall well below vanity road infrastructure. Published 28 Nov, 2022 07:03am
One-party rule?

One-party rule?

Pakistan’s political history tells us that domination by one party or the establishment tends to run its course. Published 14 Nov, 2022 08:23am
A new charter

A new charter

There are the costs of a more stable political future and they need to be borne by the mainstream parties. Updated 31 Oct, 2022 07:47am
Maintaining perspective on class

Maintaining perspective on class

What ability does the middle class actually have to influence Pakistan’s politics and economy and how? Updated 17 Oct, 2022 08:49am
Alternative futures

Alternative futures

The task before anyone thinking about politics and the future of this country has never been clearer. Published 03 Oct, 2022 06:46am
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