Saeed Afridi

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Pakistan’s youth remain intellectual cannon-fodder

Opinion |As these words are being written, scores of well-meaning but largely self-deluded political hocks are being wrongfully arrested and carted off to face...

Pakistani Democracy’s Last Hope, A Chameleon Cleric?

Like many post-colonial transitional democracies, Pakistan, in a constant battle with itself since its inception, stubbornly refuses to transition towards becoming an independent state....

Why so many in Pakistan are scared of “Brand Malala”?

Saeed Afridi | Malala, the name has become a symbol of so much more than just a little girl. Malala also has become a one-word...

Democrats: We are Defined by what we Defend

Saeed Afridi | Democracy is a complex and much misunderstood entity in countries with a history of authoritarian rule. Transition from authoritarianism can suffer distortions...

CPEC: A Chinese Vision Since 2005

Saeed Afridi |China’s rise has been attributed to the successful implementation of its ‘Dual Track’ transition policy based on gradual, incremental and near-constant reform of its economic sector in conjunction with Five Year Plans. The is Dual Track policy emphasised on social and economic reform; without any corresponding political reform.

How is the government confusing all of us on CPEC?

Saeed Afridi |Pakistan is a country that loves technicalities. Irrespective of which walk of life a Pakistani is from, ask them a straightforward question,...

Malala: Why so many in Pakistan hate what she symbolizes?

Saeed Afridi | Malala, the name has become a symbol of so much more than just a little girl. Malala also has become a one-word...

Self-aware Pakistanis vs the influential and power-wielding elite

Saeed Afridi |This Pakistan This unworkable and wholly undemocratic architecture rendered Pakistan’s democracy in a state of constant struggle between two forms of authoritarian dictatorships,...

THAT Pakistan: Power, Venality & Prostitution

Saeed Afridi | THAT Pakistan Since its very birth, in Pakistan’s political fraternity malleability, power politics and venality have ruled the roost. Whether the one yielding...

Pakistan, Washington and the folly of cultivating echo chambers.

Saeed Afridi |The tragic, darkly comic and somewhat farcical saga that was the “Raymond Davis Incident” is perhaps the best allegory of what is...

Of thumping wins and ignominious defeats: Pakistan’s dysfunctional sports governance

Saeed Afridi |At the outset, let me apologize to all the cricket fans out there, especially those who happen to be Pakistani cricket fans....

The differing futures of Pakistan and China. Does Beijing get a bigger pie?

Saeed Afridi |The story of Pakistan, since its very incidental inception, has been one of talking about the imminent realization of its potential and...

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