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International Economy
Karmic justice and economics

Karmic justice and economics

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is an ultranationalist regime that has taken the reins of power in India on the basis of a self-proclaimed role to promote Hindutva. This self-professed obligation would bind […]

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Regional security/Region
US-Iran confrontation: Implications for Pakistan

US-Iran confrontation: Implications for Pakistan

The killing of Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s top commander and head of the Quds Force – a division of Iran’s influential Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), by the US military sparked fears of a perilous […]

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India
The Decade of Dying Secularism in India

The Decade of Dying Secularism in India

The road to restoration of ‘Hindu Glory’ and making India a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ (a Hindu polity), began in May 2014 when Prime Minister Modi assumed power for the first time. The rise of Modi was […]

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Regional security/Region
Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan

Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan

The long-awaited results of presidential elections in Afghanistan were announced on 22 December. Amidst allegations of rigging, President Ashraf Ghani is set to lead Afghanistan for a second term. While on the US-Taliban negotiations […]

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International Economy
The trouble with economics

The trouble with economics

In both the Islamic and Western traditions, ‘economists’ were originally considered to be a category of moral philosophers. For example, Ibn-Khaldun was as much a moral thinker and historian as he was a forerunner […]

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Economy
Economics and the Revisionist Mind

Economics and the Revisionist Mind

The revisionist mind is one that fails to reconcile with prevailing narratives, facts, or experiences. Whether in the outcomes of historical battles or the manipulation of undesirable economic figures, the revisionist mind goes about […]

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Regional security/Region
US-Iran Crisis: Is it the Beginning of the End?

US-Iran Crisis: Is it the Beginning of the End?

The assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the Head of IRGC’s (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) Quds Force was a serious provocation by the United States that had the potential of triggering another major conflict in the region. Communicating […]

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Regional security/Region
A Dance of Blades

A Dance of Blades

Two years ago, Iran’s leader Rouhani addressed the UN General Assembly and warned the United States of America point blank to never engage in a raqs-e-shamsheer: a fatal dance of blades, with the Iranian […]

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International Economy
The tax whistleblowers

The tax whistleblowers

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has recently proposed a measure that is intriguing, to say the least. It has announced a “whistleblower” incentive, by which any person who reports a tax evader may receive 20% of the […]

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Government & Politics
Education in Pakistan: A Case of Neglect

Education in Pakistan: A Case of Neglect

“The State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such manner as may be determined by law”, says Section 9 of the Constitution […]

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Defense
Will Gen Bipin as the New CDS Improve India’s Military Management Structure?

Will Gen Bipin as the New CDS Improve India’s Military Management Structure?

The Indian military is often criticized for not delivering in times of crisis. The Feb 2019 crisis is the most recent example that not only exposed the Indian Air Force (IAF) to domestic and […]

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Government & Politics
YEAR IN REVIEW: PAKISTAN IN 2019

YEAR IN REVIEW: PAKISTAN IN 2019

2019 has proven to be an eventful year for Pakistan, from the February Pulwama/Balakot crisis with India to diplomatic battles to avoid blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in October. The year […]

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Society
Pakistan's Experience with Student Unions

Pakistan's Experience with Student Unions

Student unions, sometimes called student councils, student governments, student associations, or guild of students, are such organisations which indulge students in various productive societal activities and play a significant task in protecting student rights […]

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Aerospace
SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER

SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER

Space-based technologies that have civil and military uses are drawing greater interest with more countries entering into this field. Development beyond peaceful uses i.e. weaponization of outer space is a growing concern for the […]

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Domestic Economy
Economic Trends In Pakistan

Economic Trends In Pakistan

The recent positive economic data from Pakistan is leading many to hail it as “emerging market success story,” reminiscent of Egypt’s “impressive” economic turnaround after 2016. Foreign short-term funds are flowing in, the stock […]

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