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Gazing into the future – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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US-China contest: From 2001 till 2017, the US and China shared a complementary role under the ‘war on terror’ paradigm. In 2018, Office of the...

Power vacuum – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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War has not ended in Afghanistan; it is taking a new form. The US is ending its ground military deployment but there will be...

Afghanistan: what next? – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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In my considered opinion, the probability of a ‘political solution’ to the Afghan quagmire is low. In my considered opinion, the probability of a...

Bluff or policy? – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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A bluff is “an attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or is going to do something.” A policy is a “course...

Future of war – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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In the 18th century, uniformed soldiers fought wars with ‘massed manpower using line and column tactics’. A century later, second generation warfare was fought...

Holes in the budget – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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Tax hole: The budget shows ‘Tax Revenue (FBR) of Rs5,829 billion’. On May 29, the FBR told us that it has collected Rs4,143 billion...

Defence budget – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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Myth number 1: Pakistan’s defence budget takes away a major chunk of the total budgetary resources. Not true. In Budget 2021-22, ‘Defence Services’ has...

Tax promises – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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Three years ago, the PTI Manifesto 2018, ‘The road to naya Pakistan’, made some two-dozen tax-related promises. The word ‘tax’ appears 43 times and...

Keeping receipts? – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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The government of Pakistan raised an estimated Rs1,500 billion to “address the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.” In March 2020, PM Imran...

Populist politics – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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Populism is the “political science of providing simple answers to complex questions.” Populism is a “thin-centered ideology that considers society to be ultimately...