Corruption becoming a system

SOME argue that corruption, seen as ‘speed money’, ‘price of information’, or ‘kickbacks’, is not a big issue in any economy/ society. It is seen as the ‘grease’ that makes a system work. What is not taken into account in such narratives are the broader issues invoked when those who have been entrusted with a . . . → Read More: Corruption becoming a system

The Nation’s Problems Unite: Muttahida Qaumi Movement ke Muttahida Qaumi Maslay-masaail!!

Despite years of establishment support, the MQM’s shenanigans and tantrums have transformed it into a nation-wide problem, further alienating from the national political mainstream – and it could end up becoming an aberration or political joke if it does not behave like a mature democratic institution

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100 billion dollars in a wink!

By Enum Naseer

The country is passing through a decisive period in history and this time, it’s not a false alarm- it’s a make or break situation. What is trifling in the current context is that the economy (according to Gallup Pakistan) gets only 6% of on-air time in talk shows. It is generally posited . . . → Read More: 100 billion dollars in a wink!

Media overestimated the role of social media?

I admit I was wrong in my pre-poll projections. Like most of my colleagues in the media, I had expected the PPP to get a good drubbing in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). But very few of us had expected it to be wiped out almost completely from these two provinces. On the other hand, none . . . → Read More: Media overestimated the role of social media?

Pak Steel to increase output by 60%

Pakistan Steel Mills will receive Rs11 billion on May 16 as part of a bailout package to purchase raw materials to increase output to 60%, Federal Minister for Production and Industries Shahzada Ahsan Ashraf Sheikh said on Thursday.

He was speaking to gathering organised by the chairman of the Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) Muhammad . . . → Read More: Pak Steel to increase output by 60%

Mirage Revisited

By Enum Naseer

Feelings of doom and gloom continue to overshadow Pakistan’s success with democracy. With the country just days away from its moment of truth- the elections, enthusiastic political advertisements continue to consume much of the space on print, electronic and social media to promise peace and prosperity. Yet, the economy of Pakistan stands in . . . → Read More: Mirage Revisited

The Glass Half Full

Much is happening in Pakistan—not all of it is good. While a lot is said and written about all that is wrong the good – little as it is – is mostly ignored.

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Repeat Telecast

By Nida Afaque

Pakistan at present suffers from the worst energy crisis history has ever recorded. The economy is becoming increasingly dependent on imported petroleum products with an alarming 86% reliance on imported oil.  With gas shortages to power plants, insufficient hydro-electricity generation plants and bureaucratic red tape to thermal power projects, currently . . . → Read More: Repeat Telecast

Are violent movies the cure for real life bloodshed?

For all the grim news about the economy and jobs over the last few years, one indicator of the quality of life in the United States has stubbornly continued to improve. The latest Federal Bureau of Investigation data suggests crime rates went on falling through the first half of 2011, recession be damned. In 1991, the overall . . . → Read More: Are violent movies the cure for real life bloodshed?

State Owned Enterprises: Can we pull them out of the black hole?

Just last year, Transparency International rated Pakistan as the 34th most corrupt nation in the world. Corruption has spread like a wild fire across the country consuming all public and private sectors. Recently, a corruption case against Nawaz Sharif was dismissed where it was alleged that he allotted land to his friends. Supreme Court asked . . . → Read More: State Owned Enterprises: Can we pull them out of the black hole?