Uzair M. Younus
Shehbaz's missteps, many of which are quite amateurish in nature, have plunged PML-N’s prospects, much like those of Pakistan, into the dark.
Pakistan’s problems may seem complicated, but the solution to them is actually quite ordinary. The issue at hand is the sustained irrationality of Pakistan’s ruling elites.
By bringing in Dar as finance minister, the PML-N has made a catastrophic mistake that will blow away what little political capital the party has.
Only through a sustained political process that increases inclusivity and representation of the many instead of the few can Pakistan meet its full economic potential.
After spending six years as Pakistan’s most powerful man, Gen Bajwa leaves behind a country at odds with itself, and adrift globally.
It won’t be too long before Pakistanis wake up and realise that they have missed another critical moment to create opportunity for the many, not just the few.
The priority for Pakistan should be to get the best terms from its closest ally. So long as that materialises, other things are likely to fall into place.
The raging storms that have engulfed the Islamic Republic are only going to get worse in the coming days and months.
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.