Author Archives: Editorial

IMF and the Chinese loans

And Washington’s angle, of course It was only a matter of time, really, before China’s CPEC investment became a bone of contention with Washington. And now that Islamabad had no option but

Decline and fall

Malpractices at 135 years old Punjab University Alfred Woolmer must be turning in his grave in the ‘gora’ cemetery located on Lahore’s Jail Road. A leading Sanskrit scholar, he was also the

Blackcoats’ disrespect for law

Another unfortunate instance of lawyer’s lawlessness Massive street agitation of the legal fraternity started with the movement to restore former chief justice Ifthikar Chaudhry, sacked by president Pervez Musharraf on March 9,

Time for tough decisions

Test of political, diplomatic and military leadership   The prime minister has formulated short and long-term goals for stabilising the country’s maimed economy and rectifying its endemic imbalances. The former include seeking

Reviewing CPEC?

Nuggets from the Quetta trip The PM made some apt observations in Quetta. Balochistan, the largest province, is being held back because of corruption, poverty and terrorism. And while the security machinery

Delaying the inevitable

Economic priorities Yet another week passes with the market hemorrhaging day-after-day not because of any inherent problem with the financial system but the government’s paralysis about the bailout. This week, though, the

A government of the naive

And the dangers it poses The most urgent issue that Pakistan faces today is that of balance of payments. Foreign exchange reserves suffered one of their sharpest drops hitting the lowest level

Shehbaz Sharif’s arrest

A test of NAB’s credibility Shehbaz Sharif, PML-N President and Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly, has been arrested by NAB in Ashiana Housing case only days before important by-elections on

IHC’s detailed judgment

The mystery deepens Even after the conviction the Avenfield case continues to take surprising turns. First NAB singularly failed to make a strong case, resulting in Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar getting bail.