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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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With clean air a rarity in Punjab, simple solutions go ignored

The eastern Pakistani city of Lahore has now achieved the dubious distinction of being the most polluted city in the world, albeit for a few hours. 

October 30, 2019

Will the opposition parties march together?

Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), has been busy for months, mobilizing his constituency to organize a million-man march to take the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government down. The date for the march has now been set for Oct. 27.

October 03, 2019

What does Modi’s power show in Houston mean for Pakistan?

It seems much of the world has changed for Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, as he presents his country as a rising new power, a most populous democracy and a big market for goods and services for an expanding middle class in the US. 

September 24, 2019

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