- The Prospects for Reform in Islam, in ‘Current Trends in Islamist Ideology’, March 30th, 2015
- ‘Pakistan: Education, Religion and Conflict’ in Religion in Conflict: Responding to the Challenges”, Tony Blair Faith Foundation; January 2015
- “Half Citizens: The Ahmaddiya Community of Pakistan” included in ‘Extremism Watch: Mapping Conflict Trends in Pakistan 2010-2011’; published by Jinnah Institute, Islamabad 2013.
- “Stability in Afghanistan rests on regional cooperation”: a policy paper prepared for Senate’s standing committee on Defence, December 2012.
- “Pakistan: Ungoverned Spaces” a policy research paper published by Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, July 2012.
- “The rise of violent sectarianism in Pakistan” included in ‘Extremism Watch: Mapping Conflict Trends in Pakistan 2010-2011’; published by Jinnah Institute, Islamabad Feb 2012.
- “Jinnah’s Pakistan cannot be abandoned” 2012, published by Jinnah Institute
- “Implementing Urbanisation in Pakistan”, co-authored in “Urban Pakistan: Frames for Imagining and Reading Urbanism”, OUP, 2013
- “Discourse, donors and development: The policy conundrum in Pakistan”, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan; with A. Rashid, 2010. Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad.
- “The Endemic Crisis of Federalism in Pakistan”, The Lahore Journal of Economics, 15: SE (September 2010): pp. 15-31. Lahore School of Economics, Pakistan.
- “Investing in Sub‐national Accountability: Lessons for Practitioners”, Working Paper for Capacity is Development Global Conference, 2010, UNDP.
- “Public-Private Partnerships: Breakthroughs, Breakdowns and Challenges”, in “The Role of State in Public Service Delivery.” National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, forthcoming.
- “Technocratic Solutions versus Political Realities: Implementing governance reforms in the Balochistan Province of Pakistan”, 2007 in Governance in Asia; Asian Political and International Studies Association; with S A Akif.
- Governance, Social Accountability and Civil Society: Liberalism Bypassing Politics? Submitted at the Annual Conference on “Innovation, Policy Transfer and Governance-”; 2006; University of Sydney.
- “The Role of Public Administration in Building a Harmonious Society”, ADB, 2006. (Editor)
- “Fostering Public Participation in Budget-Making: Case Studies from Indonesia, the Marshall Islands and Pakistan”, ADB, 2006. (Co-editor).
- “Participatory Budget-Making” in Bahasa and Urdu, The Asia Foundation, 2006. (Co-editor).
- “Justice Sectors Reform and Policy Conditionality – Symbiosis or Mutual Denial” in “Searching for Success –Narrative Accounts of Legal Reform in Developing and Transitional Countries”; International Law and Development Organization; 2006. Authored with Douglas J. Porter.
- Toolkits in CD-ROM versions – “Citizen Report Card Methodology” and “Continuous Improvement and Benchmarking”; ADB, 2006. (Editor).
- “Re-interpreting History: Where did the Congress go wrong [a review of Seervai’s ‘Partition of India’]” & “Crime and Punishment in Pakistani Society” (Syndicate Report), Civil Services Academy, Pakistan.
- “Participatory Development and NGOs: Orangi Pilot Project and the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in Pakistan”; London School of Economics (MSc. Dissertation)
- Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (Focus Areas): Household and Income Expenditure Survey, Village level Institutional Maturity Index, Village Studies and impact assessment studies of project interventions; etc.1992-94; (titles available on request)
PAPERS ON ART, POLITICS & CULTURE:
Dynasties and clientelism in Pakistan, A Seminar India, 2010.
My Candle Burns at both Ends Nautch girls in early Urdu fiction, Himal SouthAsia Magazine (April 2010).
Devotion, syncretism and politics: myth and legends of the Indus;a paper presented at the Folklore Conference organized by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature, Chandigarh, India (November, 2009).
The enigma of dual belonging: Qurratulain Hyder’s enduring popularity in Pakistan, a paper presented at a Seminar at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India (February 2008).
Through a screen, darkly, a paper on South Asian televisual experience and its relationship with patriarchy, misogyny and commercialism; Published in India International Centre Quarterly (Spring 2008 issue).
The Unholy Trinity of Love “Kabir, Bulleh and Lalon”; The Third Frame quarterly, published by Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India (Summer 2008 issue).
Shifting the Boundaries: Revisiting Islam and Muslimness, The Third Frame, quarterly published by Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India (Spring 2009 issue).
Silhouetted Silences contemporary Pakistani literature in the age of terror; a paper presented at the SAARC Writers Forum, Agra, India (March 2009).
Living Lohawarana, published by Himal SouthAsia Magazine, Nepal (October 2008).
The pampered Islamabadites, published by Himal SouthAsia Magazine, Nepal (October 2008).
The invisibility of the Mughal princessespublished by Himal SouthAsia Magazine, Nepal (October 2008).
Speak Up! Pakistan’s rich dissident literary tradition published by Himal SouthAsia Magazine, Nepal (October 2008).
Negotiating Identities: Unpacking cross-border cultural exchanges, forthcoming in the South Asia Free Media Association Journal , Lahore, Pakistan (July 2009).