How to Dramatically Improve the Security Situation in Pakistan: Right to Carry Arms

How to Dramatically Improve the Security Situation in Pakistan: Right to Carry Arms
The security situation in Pakistan is in shambles. People are experiencing daily violence and terror independent of their location. The police isn’t up to the task and has failed at many fronts in protecting the civilians. The military has now become the security provider of last resort from both external and internal threats. This is taxing the ...

The Quest for the Philosopher King

The Quest for the Philosopher King
Pakistanis have this belief that finding the finest political leader is the solution to their problems, or at the least a move in the right direction. The issues from Kashmir to corruption, from electricity to water shortages, from security and terrorism to transportation and food can all be resolved when that super leader ascends the throne. They are always on a quest to ...

Karachi Energy Woes & K-Electric

Karachi Energy Woes & K-Electric
K-Electric Limited — the now privatised entity which powers a city of 20 million people — has been wanting to convert its two power plants from oil to coal. But for some incomprehensible reason, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) keeps delaying the approval. Karachi energy woes are bringing the city to a halt. Amidst ...

Self-Finance Seats Abolished

Self-Finance Seats Abolished
By unilaterally abolishing the self-finance seats the government has once again shown that to a politician winning votes matters more than the longer term prosperity of the country. The free market pushes the businesses in a direction that brings in the most profit by best satisfying the needs of the customers. When politicians take charge of decision making they ...

Saudi Labor Reforms

Saudi Labor Reforms
Saudi Arabia has been going through labor reforms in an attempt to move more Saudis into the private sector and out of the public sector. Why the reforms are needed: Authorities launched labour reforms in 2011 after the Arab Spring uprisings to head off political unrest by reducing unemployment. They also want to lower the cost ...

Industrial Revolution and Violence

Industrial Revolution and Violence
Industrial revolution  gave mankind the ability to mass produce. But was the ability of mass production the cause of the resultant violence? Just because two things are correlated doesn’t mean they are causal. To be fair lets not forget that industrial revolution at times is not even considered a real revolution. The debate is still raging ...

India Abolishing the Planning Commission

India Abolishing the Planning Commission
India is abolishing its Planning Commission while Pakistan is trying to infuse new blood into its. In case of Pakistan the idea that a new and changed Planning Commission might do better than the old planning commission is overlooking a more pertinent question. Is there even a need for a Planning Commission? Is the governments job to ...

Nawaz Government is Flip-Flopping

Nawaz Government is Flip-Flopping
The Nawaz government is flip-flopping. I had higher hopes from the Nawaz government but they seem to be doing the same things that they accused Musharraf of doing: Interfering in politics, using force to eliminate opponents, stopping rallies. Now Imran Khan, who’s character I admire but not so much his economic policies, is being attacked. ...

Erdogan and Gaza

Erdogan and Gaza
Erdogan and Gaza seem now a days to be intertwined. Erdogan has been issuing unusually strong statements against their long term ally Israel in support of Palestinians. Turkey is a Muslim majority nation that is relatively prosperous. This prosperity didn’t happen overnight, but is a result of steady improvement over decades. Erdogan though is poking holes in the wheels ...

Is Imran Khan The Savior?

Is Imran Khan The Savior?
Is Imran Khan the savior? Consensus is that he’s not corrupt. He genuinely wants to help the country and the poor. He wants the government to step in and give money to the poor so that they can at least survive and live with some dignity. It appears Imran Khan might be the savior this country has been waiting for. ...