The compact between the civilian and military elite that underpinned this hybrid democracy now lies in tatters.
Pakistanis who want to see Gwadar reach its true potential would do well to learn from Mundra’s success.
Without enriching the many, not just the few, Pakistan can never be an inclusive, innovative, and independent country.
Pakistan has immense latent capabilities to be a valuable partner for its key strategic partners, but its ruling elite must wake up to new realities.
Shock and awe reform is the only plausible way to emerge on the other side of this crisis in better shape.
What Pakistanis should be clear about is that this wave of political uncertainty is only going to make their lives more difficult.
While the findings must be viewed cautiously, a decline in the index is bad for a country that is seeking foreign investments.
If global commodity prices remain high, Pakistani citizens are going to feel a lot more pain.
A circus has better decision-making processes and Pakistan’s government can and must do better.
Brand Pakistan is only as good as Product Pakistan.
Increased trade flows can foster economic development on an east-west axis.
The government must catalyse innovative ideas.
It is vital to expose students to modern technologies.
The underlying issue with the economy remains in place.
The government must go beyond announcing special packages.
The ban must be replaced by a common-sense policy.
The desire to gain or maintain control leads them to view policy from a narrow perspective.
One can see all sorts of creative ways being deployed to make the numbers look good.
Servicing the economy through bailouts and donations cannot succeed.
Few realise that the real struggle begins after the elections.