Our policymakers have failed to understand the importance of city governance.
Should we ignore much-needed underlying reforms, we are destined to be stuck in this vicious cycle.
The Punjab Local Government Bill 2019 aims to establish 9 metropolitan corporations for almost all major cities.
Just raising more revenue won't turn Pakistan into a welfare state.
We need to attempt to reform the institutions which govern us, better property rights might be a good place to start.
Our economic failure is a symptom of our collective political choices. But it doesn't have to be this way.
If Pakistan is to soberly pursue this goal, it is useful to critically engage the feasibility and implications.