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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 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 2
    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 3
    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 5
    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 6
    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 7
    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

  • story 9
    Saturday Aug 9

    Will Sharif be able to ride turbulence?

    The Pakistani prime minister’s first year in office has vividly demonstrated his failure to tackle the country’s multiple challenges

  • story 10
    Saturday Jul 12

    Pakistan must brace for more chaos in near future

    While Pakistan’s soldiers are battling the militants on the frontlines, Sharif’s other key challenge beyond militancy must be that of lifting his nuclear-armed state out of its crisis surrounding the management of its economy and pressing issues related to governance.