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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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Pakistan wants Saudi Arabia to defuse situation in Kashmir

Pakistan has always turned to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and China, its neighbor and time-tested strategic partner, for diplomatic and material assistance in troubled times.

September 07, 2019

Aiming for the moon — ambition, capacity and realism

As the world celebrated the half-century mark of Neil Armstrong’s historic landing on the moon, the subcontinent saw a new dimension of regional rivalry emerging in July: India and Pakistan going for the moon. 

August 08, 2019

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