Jarrar Shah

  • TRecently a conference was organized at the Urban institute in Washington Dc. The topic was Pakistan’s growing middle class. In a fascinating discussion spanning 90 minutes, the panelists shared some very interesting data with the audience. By 2030, 66% of the Pakistani population will ...

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  • TIn October of this year, authorities in South Korea questioned a friend of the South Korean President for having used her friendship with the president in obtaining donations for her nonprofit foundations. Investigations would soon reveal this friend being extremely close to the president and being ...

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  • TPakistan Army’s 15th Chief is riding into the sunset. The 16th chief stands ready to take charge of the world’s fifth largest army. A lot has transpired in the last 3 years of the outgoing chief and a lot is still left to do for the incoming chief. When General Raheel assumed charge of ...

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  • TIn my last two articles I wrote about our current system being oligarchic in nature rather than democratic and how it was essential for us to move towards a functioning democracy rather than settling for the farce we currently have. In the last piece I proposed some steps needed for systemic ...

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  • TIn part 1 I described our current system as an oligarchy being thrust down our throats as a democracy. I also wrote about achieving outcomes that matter. For me in a nutshell every nation state is looking to become a prosperous economy with a tolerant society where all citizens have the opportunity ...

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  • TLet this system run because in time it’ll purify itself. It will evolve. Just be patient. I’m sure many have been hearing these phrases paraphrased ad nauseum on TV and in print. Some In drawing rooms also parroting these lines whenever some one dares criticise a Panama leaked or Swiss ...

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  • TAPS was an inflection point in our history. It led to a change in narrative. A narrative that had centered around us having our army in an American war against our mujahidin brethren. Talk shows had the most articulate apologists waxing lyrical this narrative every evening. Pakistan had been on ...

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  • TThe dogma of the status quo apologist has the military as the root of all problems. Having such an attitude is good for op-eds and tweets, but it doesn’t do much good for solving our issues or helping out beleaguered civilians. Slashing the defence budget wont help if there is no civilian ...

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