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Farhan Bokhari

Farhan Bokhari

Farhan Bokhari is a Pakistan-based commentator who writes on political and economic matters. His other interests include regular writings on Islamic finance.

 Recent Articles

  • story 1
    Saturday Dec 13

    Pakistan’s growing risk of anarchy

    Sharif’s neglect of real-life issues has only set the stage for challengers like Imran to question the legitimacy of the country’s ruling structure

  • story 2
    Saturday Nov 29

    Imran Khan’s next battle: Keeping the spirit of democracy alive

    If Pakistan is to progress, the country must also learn to constantly review the quality of its political journey. However, the risk of the military intervening in the event of violence remains very high

  • story 3
    Saturday Nov 15

    Mutual distrust poisoning Pakistan-Afghan relationship

    Only Islamabad is well-positioned to assist Kabul navigate the post-war period and both nations need to press the reset button going forward

  • story 4
    Saturday Nov 1

    Only a temporary reprieve for Sharif

    Qadri or Imran may or may not succeed in bringing down the ruling structure, but it is more important to recognise where the discontent is stemming from

  • story 5
    Saturday Oct 18

    Sharif’s political ship listing in choppy seas

    Pakistani PM has failed to resolve the formidable challenges besetting the country and scepticism from the business community has been a potent setback. The dysfunctional state of parliament makes matters worse

  • Saturday Oct 4

    ‘Go Nawaz, go’ storm gaining momentum

    Pakistan’s prime minister needs to work aggressively to begin defusing 
the political turmoil that surrounds his government

  • story 7
    Saturday Sep 20

    Ides of March beckon for Pakistan’s elite

    Shocking footage aboard PIA aircraft proves that ordinary citizens are now gathering courage to confront powerful political players who exploit public services for their personal advantage

  • story 8
    Saturday Sep 6

    Dialogue the only way forward for Pakistan

    The embattled PM must bite the bullet concerning the many controversies surrounding the country’s ruling structure and engage all stakeholders. Failure to do so will be a huge blow to the continuation of civilian rule

  • story 9
    Saturday Aug 23

    Odds against Sharif are of his own making

    In the ultimate analysis, it is possible that the Pakistan army may have a role in steering 
the country out of its prevailing crisis

  • Sunday Aug 17

    Pakistan’s deeply unsettled politics?

    Even if the Khan-Qadri duo are eventually pushed back, Nawaz Sharif’s image has suffered irreparable damage, the result of him having picked unnecessary fights with both the influential army and his political opponents