Authors Posts by Ikram Sehgal

Ikram Sehgal

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Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down...

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be...

Understanding hybrid warfare

Hybrid warfare became prominent in the 21st century, the ‘Age of Globalisation’, that has opened up many new technical and communication options and shrunk...

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land...

Protecting the accountability process

While the odd problems about corruption did exist in NAB before Munir Hafeez as Chairman NAB institutionalised the “sharing of the loot” by making...

We stupid tax-payers

In the backdrop of a marked deterioration in the economy, a treasuryon the verge of bankruptcy and huge levels of debt made fresh fiscalmeasures...

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of...

Accountability begins at home

A democratic form of government being accountable to the people, the elected representatives are accountable to the people who elect them. Our enduring constant...

A matter of shame

That the wolves would soon be at the door should not have surprised anybody.What is surprising is that Imran Khan’s people were not better...

John McCain, American extraordinary

John McCain III was born into a Naval family to John S McCain Jr and Roberta McCain at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in...

Opportunities for the government

The balance of payment crisis has been aggravated by major currency devaluations taking place over the past few months, the Rupee plunging 15% since...

Eurasian real politik

Europe and Asia are geographically one land mass, British geographer Sir Halford J. Mackinder maintained as far back as 1904 and said that whoever...

Setting the tone for the Future

Without significant progressin the political scenefor years Imran Khan was mercilessly mocked by many, but none so viciously as Declan Walsh, the Guardian's former...

The CPEC story

With the Pacific Ocean dominated by the US and Japan while the Indian Ocean by the US (conceivably along with its new ally India),...

Defining moment

Pakistan's third-ever democraticelected process leading to the transition of powertook place on 25 July2018. More than 100 political parties contested the 272 seats in...

150 hrs to a new dawn?

Though the usual feudal modus operandi for obtaining votes, particularly in the rural areas, is through outright coercion and/or intimidation, it also depends upon...

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a...

Undoing a gangster heaven 

Consensus on matters ensuring security and welfare of the common mans rarely achieved by our Parliament. Such unanimity is only displayed when their own...

NAB becoming effective again

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) came into existence on 16 November 1999. Simultaneously Special Investigation Wings (SIWs)were raised from the ISI to assist National...

The caretaker regime

Headed by former Chief Justice NasirulMulk, the Caretaker Regimetaking office today includes in its mission statement (1) running the affairs of the govt according to...

Dangerous liaisons

The Soviet invasion in 1979 precipitated a large influx of Afghans into Pakistan, mainly from the Kabul elite, the affluent bought up residential homes...