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Episode 199 – Imran Khan in Court | Illegal Wiretapping | Military v. Judiciary | Abdul Moiz Jaferii

In this episode, Uzair talks to Abdul Moiz Jaferii about the ongoing cases in Pakistan’s superior judiciary. We focused on the wiretapping case being heard by Justice Babar Sattar, cases related to Imran Khan, and the broader implications of the supposed standoff between the establishment and the judiciary. We also focused on the political ramifications…

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Episode 198 – More Taxes for Ordinary Citizens | Major Reforms Unlikely | IMF-Pak Talks | Ali Khizar

In this episode, Uzair talks to Ali Khizar about the upcoming budget and the ongoing conversations between the IMF and Pakistan. We focused on why this government will only pursue incremental reforms, the issues with the power sector, and why broadening the tax base is unlikely for the time being. Ali Khizar is head of…

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Episode 197 – Saudi Investment in Pakistan | Key Sectors | What Pakistan needs to do | Ali Farid Khwaja

In this episode, Uzair talks to Ali Farid Khwaja about the potential of Saudi investments into Pakistan. We talked about why things were moving slowly, sectors Saudi is interested in, and why it is important for Pakistan to approach these conversations in a more professional manner. Ali Farid Khwaja is Chairman of KTrade Securities and…

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Episode 196 – Why did SBP not reduce rates? | Saudi investment in Pak | Budget and IMF | Khurram Husain

In this episode, Uzair talks to Khurram Husain about the latest decision by the central bank to keep rates unchanged. We talked about why the central bank has a credibility problem and how the IMF is influencing its choices. We also discussed the ongoing conversations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, why it feels different this…

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Episode 195 – How Stunting Hurts the Economy | Clean Water and Public Health | Dr. Ghazala Mansuri

Uzair talks to Dr. Ghazala Mansuri about Pakistan’s stunting crisis and its implications for the country’s future. We focused on key causes of stunting, the linkage with Pakistan’s water supply, and what the country can learn from other nations. The conversation also focused on climate change and its impact on human development, especially stunting. Dr….

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Episode 194 – How to attract foreign investment in Pakistan | Role of overseas investors | M. Abdul Aleem

Uzair talks to M. Abdul Aleem about the role of foreign investment in Pakistan’s economy and the key reforms that foreign investors would like to see in the country. We also talked about what leading executives look for in emerging talent, and the key pain points faced by foreign investors in Pakistan. Mr. Muhammad Abdul…

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Episode 193 – Will Pakistan Have Political Stability? | Constitutional Rule and Economy | Zubair Umar

Uzair talks to Zubair Umar, former Governor of Sindh, about what is top of mind for him with regards to Pakistan’s political economy. We also talked about the prospects for economic reforms, why constitutional rule is critical to ensuring prosperity, and trading with India. Zubair Umar has also served as the Chairman of Privatisation Commission…

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Episode 192 – Why did Pakistan fall behind India and Bangladesh? | Economic Reforms | Dr. Ishrat Hussain

Uzair talks to Dr. Ishrat Hussain about his new book and its key findings. We focused on Dr. Hussain’s view of why Pakistan fell behind India and Bangladesh, why policy stability matters, and things that he is watching for on the economic front. Dr. Hussain’s latest book Development Pathways 1947-2022 is now available in Pakistan…

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Episode 191 – 6 Months of War on Gaza | Public Opinion in the West | Path Forward for Israel | Jasmine El-Gamal

This week’s episode focuses on the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza and its implications for the global world order. Uzair talks to Jasmine El-Gamal to get an assessment of Israel’s campaign against Hamas, why Western leaders are out of sync with their own public opinion, and the path forward for ending this conflict. Jasmine El-Gamal…

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Episode 190 – Teach for Pakistan | Pakistan’s Education Crisis | Khadija Shahper Bakhtiar

Uzair talks to Khadija Shahper Bakhtiar about Teach for Pakistan and the organization’s mission and vision. The conversation also focuses on the fellowship program being run by the organization and the key challenges facing Pakistan’s education sector. Khadija Shahper Bakhtiar is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Teach For Pakistan, a national nonprofit organization…

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