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Umair Javed

Inevitable outcomes

Inevitable outcomes

The reason why the state will fail to keep the religious right at bay is because far too many inches have been... Published Nov 05, 2018 06:42am
Pakistan’s HDI shame

Pakistan’s HDI shame

How and why have others in our geographic neighbourhood been more successful on the human development front? Updated Oct 22, 2018 09:04am
The spectre of centralisation

The spectre of centralisation

What devolution seeks to do — in spirit, at least — faces two challenges from within the ambit of governance and party Published Oct 08, 2018 06:52am
Punjab’s urban challenge

Punjab’s urban challenge

The land problem is not just one of housing shortage; it also plagues viable commercial and industrial development. Published Sep 24, 2018 07:13am
Pathways to capitulation

Pathways to capitulation

How do small groups of ideologically committed extremists manage to shape social mores and public policy? Published Sep 10, 2018 06:04am
Of intentions and compulsions

Of intentions and compulsions

Is this particular government more amenable to wide-ranging reform than the previous one? Published Aug 27, 2018 07:10am
PML-N’s new reality

PML-N’s new reality

The party has to reconcile its internal contradictions if it hopes to stay competitive in the long run. Updated Aug 13, 2018 07:51am
Managing expectations

Managing expectations

The fundamental problem with the messianic mode of politics is that people expect you to follow up on it as well. Published Jul 30, 2018 07:29am
Toxic partisanship

Toxic partisanship

In an ideological vacuum, the non-cosmetic difference between the PTI and the PML-N is always going to be marginal. Published Jul 16, 2018 06:58am
A new upper class?

A new upper class?

In terms of origins, Karachi is where the story of a new professional elite begins in earnest. Updated Jul 02, 2018 08:03am
A decade of democracy

A decade of democracy

In a country where a sweeping change was never possible, some questions have started to resonate. Updated Jun 04, 2018 09:37pm
A counterproductive strategy?

A counterproductive strategy?

If confrontation is Nawaz’s chosen route then defection is a means for retaining elected office for many in Punjab. Updated May 21, 2018 09:30am
Elections and violent conflict

Elections and violent conflict

As Pakistan heads towards another election, it is worth reviewing the conflict landscape to pinpoint potential sources Updated May 07, 2018 11:01am
Patricians and parties

Patricians and parties

The PTI’s electoral strategy shifted from underdog populism to calculated competition at the constituency level. Updated Apr 23, 2018 07:25am
Politics and amnesty schemes

Politics and amnesty schemes

The thinking and rationale behind the newest scheme, and the evidence base on which it stands, need to be interrogated Published Apr 09, 2018 06:21am
Taking stock of federalism

Taking stock of federalism

The argument in favour of devolution is that it helps resolve the basic question of how power and authority are Published Mar 26, 2018 06:19am
Manifestos for 2018

Manifestos for 2018

Ahead of the general election, there are major big-ticket issues that require immediate and precise articulation. Updated Jun 06, 2018 04:46pm
The perception of sympathy

The perception of sympathy

Is there really a wave of sympathy further consolidating the PML-N’s chances for 2018? Updated Feb 26, 2018 01:08pm
A non-participatory democracy

A non-participatory democracy

The wilful secession of participatory rights is a pervasive feature of a number of domains in Pakistan. Published Feb 12, 2018 06:58am
A nation of traders

A nation of traders

Some of the most well-known industrial conglomerates in Pakistan have branched out into the services sector. Published Jan 29, 2018 07:09am