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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 

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The opposition’s budget controversy has little to do with the budget

Nobody in Pakistan remembers a budget presented by the government and hailed by its political opposition as fair, good and in the interests of the common man. Budgets are always traditionally rejected as ‘anti-people’ in Pakistan.

June 27, 2019

PTI’s Budget and The Dream Of a Welfare State

From the outset of his political campaign, Imran Khan focused on three themes: corruption, justice and the welfare state. 

June 11, 2019

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