Series: Pakistonomy

Episode 48 – Bykea

Bykea is one of Pakistan’s startup success stories that raised $13m in the middle of a pandemic. In this episode, Uzair talks to Rafiq Malik, the startup’s Chief Operating Officer, about the business and its growth plans. Rafiq’s book recommendations are: A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez The Ascent of Money by…

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Episode 47 – Raast: Digitizing Pakistan

Pakistan finally has a digital payments system and this development is going to revolutionize financial transactions in the country. It will also accelerate the formalization of the economy, increase financial inclusion, and catalyze the growth of fintech startups in the country. Uzair spoke to Rehan Akhtar, Chief Digital Officer at Karandaaz Pakistan, about Raast and…

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Episode 46 – Outlook for Reforms in 2021

In the first episode of 2021, Uzair talks to Hasaan Khawar about why it is difficult to push through bureaucratic reforms, why Prime Minister Khan accepting his government’s mistakes is something that should be appreciated, and his theory of change. Hasaan also shared three books that have profoundly interested him: 1) The 5 AM Club…

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Episode 43 – A Volatile 2020: India’s Experience

The COVID-19 pandemic brought the global economy on its knees, leading to mass unemployment and a dramatic slowdown in economic activity. The Indian economy, which was already showing signs of weakness before the pandemic, has now entered a recession. At the same time, concerns over India’s illiberal turn, its refusal to enter trade agreements, and…

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Episode 41 – The Potential of LNG in Pakistan

Pakistan is about to experience another winter of gas shortages. Meanwhile, the LNG sector continues to cause confusion among citizens, with baseless claims of corruption and backroom dealings sowing doubt among many in Pakistan. In this episode, Uzair Younus talks to Laure Baynes Clarke about the LNG sector, how it operates, and its potential in…

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Episode 38 – The Role of Dynasties and Caste in Politics

In a previous episode of the podcast, Dr. Adil Najam made a very important point that underneath all divides in Pakistan is the class divide. That is a very important point and one could argue that this divide is anchored by the caste divide in the country, particularly in Punjab and Sindh. However, both caste…

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Episode 35 – A Conversation with Dr. Adil Najam (Urdu)

Uzair Younus has a wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Adil Najam about polarization, generational shifts in Pakistan, climate change, and much more. Dr Najam needs no introduction. He is the inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University which was founded in 2014 with a generous gift from BU alum…

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Episode 33 – What Caused the Decline of Muslim Civilization?

We often hear about the unity of the ummah and how that drove progress. But this idea is poorly, if at all, understood by most people. The reasons given for the rise and fall of Muslim civilization often do not meet the test of history and rigorous analysis. In this episode, we are going to…

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Episode 32 – Understanding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Conversations around the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in mainstream media end up in a “are you a patriot” or “are you a traitor” binary. There is no doubt about the fact that Pakistan has doubled down on its strategic relationship with China in recent years: Prime Minister Imran Khan recently saying in an interview that Pakistan’s…

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Episode 45 – Pakistan: 2020 and Beyond

In the final episode of 2020, Uzair talks to frequent guests Ammar Khan and Ariba Shahid about how 2020 turned out for Pakistan’s economy, unresolved issues, and the outlook for 2021. Thank you to all of you for tuning in this year.

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