Daronomics and its aftershocks

A familiar mess that the PTI has inherited

The real accountability

Accountability is a damaged word in Pakistan. Recent rains in Karachi brought out various aspects of public service delivery in this large...

The State Bank’s silent payments revolution

How the SBP's latest circular could have far-reaching consequences for the state of digital Pakistan

Why are we subsidizing car-use?

When I write about going high, everyone responds, “what about parking?” My response “we don’t need parking!” is met with shock. We are...

The strange tale of a Sindhi folk song and CPEC

“Ho Jamalo, Wa Wah Jamalo” are words that have been ringing in my ears for over three decades.  But it was only...

Finding cigar butts

Last week must have shaken the faint-hearted. KSE-100 Index declined by 4.4%, the Pakistan rupee depreciated to a record low of Rs131 (-5%)...

Political will or bad policy and reform design?

Reform remains an elusive and little understood concept in Pakistan. The word is seldom used on TV. It is used even less...

10 facts about milk that you should know

A huge public debate about milk quality has been raging in recent months. A lot of confusion and doubts spread through the...

Dramatically transforming the way we travel

Have you ever imagined riding on a car for hire despite owning several vehicles? Or riding a plush vehicle without ever having...

Renewed beginnings

The 2013 National Power Policy was basically two-pronged: eliminate an average power shortfall of 5,000MW and make sure it’s done with tangible...

The mechanics of privatisation

We hear the same things over and over again. You can open the headlines from half a century ago and they will...

Technology Vs Crime

Technology has dramatically changed how we connect and socialize today. The associated communication revolution like communication mobility and social media revolution has...

How do consultants, donors and Pakistani ministries solve problems?

The flood of 2010 showed me (I was Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commision then) how dysfunctional policy was in Pakistan and...

The meaning of culture

“I came to see during my time at IBM that culture is not just one aspect of the game, it is the...

Islamabad blues: why capital calling is bad business

Has anyone ever taken the 7 am PIA flight from Karachi to Islamabad? If you have, you would see a line of...