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The Road Ahead

The media including the social media and the governments various stratagems acted as a pressure valve by keeping the pot simmering without boiling over---in fact this is how the many protests and strikes taking place as well as the socio-economic grievances that remain below the street riot level, are being managed.


The most accepted line of thought is that there is a government and supporting it is the country’s most powerful institution and together they are tackling the issues facing the country and managing the multiple issues that are raising their heads. So far this management has managed to avert a major crisis and is in fact putting the country on the road to stability


The CPEC Authority would be empowered to make decisions about CPEC projects all over the country, overriding the authority of the provincial governments. In the past Chinese officials have repeatedly complained about bureaucratic red tape in Pakistan stalling progress of CPEC projects. The creation of the CPEC authority will act as a one-window operation to avoid red tape... Islamabad has a very strong incentive to signal Beijing that it's still committed to CPEC and what better can be to announce two new measures on CPEC that benefit CPEC in a very big way.

Book Review: Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India

A decision that has sparked international outrage and led to a widely condemned 80 days and counting shut down of Kashmir and that has brought immense misery to the Kashmiris and led to renewed and dangerous hostility with Pakistan

The Road Traveled and the Road Ahead

A default in the balance of payment situation has been averted and the IMF brought on board. There is an accountability drive in full swing and if nothing else it will impact on future activities. There is a resolve to end or at least minimize the large scale unchecked money laundering of the past

Where is the light at the end of the tunnel?

Today, the informal economy remains hidden and out of circulation. Neither the state nor the people are benefiting from it. There has to be a long term plan to allow all this informal economy to be integrated back into the formal economy without penalizing those who possess it

A Deed Most Foul

Spearhead Analysis—August 2019 “I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?” -- “The deed is done, the doers undone.”Shakespeare—in Macbeth According to Mr...

The Shape of Things to Come

Spearhead Analysis – 17.06.2019 The Prime Minister in his midnight power address to the nation announced a ‘high-powered’ commission to probe loans taken over the...

India’s ASAT Test

Spearhead Analysis – 26.04.2019 By Shirin Naseer Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a televised address on March 27 to announce the successful conduct of India’s...

Forward March

Spearhead Analysis – 16.04.2019 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research The government having been berated for delaying the negotiations on the bail-out package with the International Monetary...