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Open Letter to the King of Punjab

9 Nov

O King of Punjab,

415656-shahbazsharif-1343770362-905-640x480I write this open letter to you as a last resort. The people have tried getting your attention through tweets, FB messages and even columns but none of that seems to get to you courtesy your courtiers. I address you as King because that is what you are. Punjab has not been democratic for years and your style of governance has turned our province in to a kingdom that is run through a royal court made up of your favorite courtiers. Given this is a kingdom, I will not even bother discussing the situation of merit or anything that happens in a democracy. Continue reading

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Naya Pakistan

24 Mar

Naya Pakistan

Naya Pakistan… Puranay Leaguee!

Elitist Activism: Minting Money, Hurting Pakistan

20 Mar

ImageIn case you haven’t noticed, the new ‘IN’ thing in social media circles is to be an ‘Activist’. Go through numerous twitter profiles and on-line articles and you would notice that in most cases the person introduces themselves as an activist. But every time you ask them what is that they actually do, most of them have no real answers apart from saying that they are either freelance film makers or columnists which is common man speak for jobless people too lazy and under qualified to actually land a permanent job. And in absence of a real job, they have chosen to convert activism in to a career hoping to make a few bucks here and there. Continue reading

9 Nov

Dr Faisal Bari is by far one of the most well respected economists in Pakistan. The argument he is making with regards to Social Policy is valid as it is about time we stopped experimenting and finally agreed on something that can be implemented keeping long term in mind

Pakistan Policy Ideas

Faisal Bari

ARGUABLY the poorest people in Pakistan tend to be found more in the camp of the PPP than of the PML-N or PTI. The latter, going by popular perception, seems to draw most of its support from the youth, and from the urban/peri-urban areas. Support for the PML-N is believed to come more from lower middle- to middle-income groups.

Does this explain the difference in social-sector policies that each party favours or, at least, appears to favour? The PPP’s biggest social-sector move was the creation of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).

Though the PML-N was in coalition with PPP when the idea of a social protection institution was discussed and it too supported it, after they parted ways it was the PPP that took the idea forward, gave the programme Benazir Bhutto’s name and designed and implemented its key programmes.

It was the PPPs choice to go…

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9 Nov

Found this to be extremely awesome. Give it a read people.