Authors Posts by Ikram Sehgal

Ikram Sehgal

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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...

The streets of intimidation

Expecting a whitewash from the SC, former PM Nawaz Sharif literally went berserk on being “blackwashed” as untrustworthy and untruthful by the PanamaGate verdict. ...

The LNG scam?

Vide their milestone judgment SCMR773 in 2012 the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) cancelled all the contracts of Rental Power Plants (RPPs). From Bhikki...

Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put...

Accountability across the board

Sharif’s utter contempt of the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent ruling, and by default the rule of law, was exposed blatantly for public viewing during...

Am I the State?

A month or so plus 40 years ago the democratically elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was toppled in a coup in 1977 by...

Morality and misplaced loyalty

Misplaced loyalty for corrupt individuals is not only betrayal of the community but complicity in their crimes, it lies at the heart of virtually...

Pulling the plug on Afghanistan

Recent reports coming out of Washington suggest that the proposal by US National Security Adviser (NSA) Mr. MacMaster for a moderate rise in the...

India’s China War Circa 2017?

A month or so ago Indian troops trespassed and forcibly halted China extending a border road through Donglang plateau (called Doklam by India) at...

The Al Capone Formula?

This week the Panama case entered its last, and possibly decisive round.  On May 16, 2016, the PM had unequivocally stated in the National...