The technocrat problem

In September 2014, there was a seminar in Islamabad organised by the government to present Vision 2025, which was developed by McKinsey & Company, the prestigious global consulting firm. Salman Ahmad, a…

Break PSO up

If Pakistan State Oil (PSO) were a privately-owned firm, the populist commentators who pass for journalists in Pakistan would be foaming at the mouth calling for its break-up by now. The state-owned…

A tale of two energy supply chains

It is getting increasingly difficult to ignore the fact that there are now not one but two distinct, albeit interlinked, energy supply chains in the country. One is owned by the government…

A Nash equilibrium in Sindh politics

There is a deal between the PPP and the MQM that could potentially end the dysfunction that defines Karachi and Sindh politics. The deal would benefit both parties, energise their base of…

Why are Pakistan’s exports declining?

It was not supposed to have been this way. After the European Union granted GSP Plus Status to Pakistan, our exports were supposed to have risen sharply, yet instead, Pakistan’s sale of…