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S Akbar Zaidi

Building Democracy – S Akbar Zaidi

It seems that General (r) Pervez Musharraf and Ayaz Amir have a lot in common, as revealed by their recent public statements (Musharraf’s interview to BBC’s Hardtalk, and Ayaz Amir’s column in The News, both on November 25, 2014). Both are…

Misrepresentation And Imperialism

Can a documentary film on the effects of drone attacks in Waziristan not even mention the Taliban even once and not be a misrepresentation? The documentary, Wounds of Waziristan, focuses on the survivors and victims of drone attacks and…

Confusion As Policy

IT is difficult to make sense of the incumbent government`s economic policy. There is little which exists as such it is more a meandering through but what does take place as policy, shows much confusion and the inability of the economic…

Who Benefits From US Aid?

IT is not much of an exaggeration to state that Pakistan has always been an aid-dependent country. Estimates suggest that the gross disbursement of overseas development assistance to Pakistan from 1960 to 2002 (in 2001 prices) was $73.1bn,…

Irrelevant Economists

A LARGE majority of economists in Pakistan are completely irrelevant to issues related to Pakistan’s economy. This is not to deny that they are exceedingly well-trained or well-qualified. They have the finest degrees from the best…

Our Westernised Elite

IN a rather long-winded article recently published in an Indian journal by one ofPakistan’s best-known liberal public intellectuals, the writer has analysed and detailed the divisions withinPakistan’s Army. He differentiates between the…