Columnist

Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Rasul Bakhsh Rais is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS, Lahore. His latest book is “Islam, Ethnicity and Power Politics: Constructing Pakistan’s National Identity” (Oxford University Press, 2017).
Twitter: @RasulRais 

Latest published



The economy is Imran Khan’s real challenge

For the past forty years, Pakistan has endured a bad economy. Structurally, things were never as bad as at the beginning of the transition to democracy in 1988, but they have progressively become worse under several political parties and military regimes. 

May 11, 2019

Will The Mouse Roar: The Opposition’s Threat of Agitation

Three constants exist in the frayed relationship between Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party that assumed power at the center for the first time last year — and opposition parties that have ruled Pakistan for the better part of forty years. 

April 11, 2019

Reviving a sick economy: facing the old challenges

For more than a decade, Pakistan’s economy has been in decline, reflecting a pattern of fiscal deficit which has led to heavy borrowing, a widening gap between imports and exports, and a slow-down in revenue. A number of domestic problems have compounded this downward spiral. 

April 05, 2019

Pakistan must take a bold stance to improve its global ranking

Historically speaking, Pakistan is at a crossroads; any decisions made, policies formulated, and reforms pursued will define its future when it celebrates its first century of independence three decades from now.

March 28, 2019

Crown prince’s visit sets future direction of Pakistan-Saudi ties

Pakistan’s ties with Saudi Arabia, unlike many of its other relationships within the region and beyond, have gradually consolidated, broadened and deepened. No observer of diplomacy and regional and international relations can escape three strong impressions set by these ties.

February 17, 2019