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Ikram Sehgal

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Air Marshal Asghar Khan: A genuine Pakistani, a great man

As its youngest and first ever Pakistani Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) to head the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) from 1957 to 1965, Air Marshal Asghar Khan...

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign...

Aspiration for 2018

Events of national significance tend to linger on in our combined memories for some time, even then 2018 ushered in hopes of erasing some...

Elections 2018

Squabbling and endlessly bickering on issues not of any public importance, our parliamentarians may clam our passionately for early elections, yet not enough senators...

Short-circuiting investment

During the 1980s the shortfall between electricity generated and consumers’ demand in Karachi widened to unmanageable proportions. Rampant over-staffing compounded by excessive non-core workers,...

De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular...

Forging a positive alliance

It was a unique privilege (for many different reasons) to be invited along with a handful of senior media colleagues to attend the inaugural...

Preventing slide into Anarchy

Once known as the ‘City of Lights’ for its vibrant night life, a good part of Karachi lives in almost darkness, devoid of continuous...

Corruption without borders

The Nawaz Sharif episode shows that pervasive corruption has not only acquired respectability in a perverse manner in Pakistan but left to the National...

A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at...

A flawed system of governance

A Muslim majority state was envisaged by its founder Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to ensure conducive conditions for the Muslims of British-India for socio-economic,...

The Balochistan disconnect

On the evening of Oct 22, 2017 as I was entering Quetta Club with a CPNE delegation fora dinner hosted by the Speaker of...

Letting a 100 dams bloom

For a country blessed with many rivers, the perennial scarcity of water in Pakistan is because of the shortage of storage capacity. While problematic...

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The...

Doomsday politics

Disqualified as Prime Minister (PM) by the Supreme Court (SC) on July 28, Nawaz Sharif was forced to relinquish his position as President of...

Faking news to win

Disinformation and propaganda for achieving one’s ends by foul means is not a new phenomena. Around 320 BC Kautilya’s Arthashastra enunciated this as a...

Interplay between economy and security

A strong connection between the country’s prosperity and military power or put simply, economy and security are two sides of the same coin; without...

Envigorating ECO

As a result of superpower rivalry and evolving geopolitical circumstances, a group of countries of this region are coming together in a natural economic...

Pakistan at 70

Thanks to the untiring efforts of former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and a former Finance Minister of Pakistan Shahid Javed Burki,...

The accused excused

Those really guilty are shedding crocodile tears at the judgement pronounced in the Benazir Bhutto murder case while laughing themselves all the way to...

Sirajuddin Aziz, banker extraordinary

Sirajuddin Aziz’s well-researched articles on “Management” have been compiled together in a must-read book “Emerging Dynamics of Management” for bankers and non-bankers alike and...