Thursday April 18, 2024
Dr Farrukh Saleem
Dr Farrukh Saleem

The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad.

  • April 14, 2024

    White elephants

    Crew members disembark from a Pakistan International Airways flight at Kabul Airport, Afghanistan.— AFP/FileIn Thailand, elephants are...

  • April 07, 2024

    Capital suggestion: Privatizing PIA

    Pakistan's state-owned enterprises have been a focal point of national discourse.

  • March 31, 2024

    Emerging optimism

    Stockbrokers watch the latest share prices during a trading session at the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi on February 3, 2020. —...

  • March 24, 2024

    Capital suggestion: Growth strategy

    Pakistan risks drifting into a future where economic opportunities for its citizens remain constrained

  • March 17, 2024

    Capital suggestion: Managing the IMF

    Ministry of Energy must present the IMF with a comprehensive plan to improve efficiency and reduce circular debt in the power sector

  • March 10, 2024


    In this critical juncture, government confronts an undeniable reality: privatization is not merely an option but sole viable path forward

  • March 03, 2024

    PM’s roadmap

    Bank of America now believes that it is a good time to invest in bonds issued by Pakistan

  • February 25, 2024

    Finance minister?

    Can the party’s traditional economic model deliver in 2024

  • February 18, 2024

    Unity amidst crisis

    Our economic woes are screaming truth partisan agendas only deepen pain

  • February 11, 2024

    Heal the divide

    We are all confronted with significant challenges across various domains, ranging from economic obstacles to security concerns

  • February 04, 2024

    Budding bonanza

    Here is a partial list of countries that have legalized or decriminalized cannabis: Canada, Uruguay, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados,...

  • January 28, 2024

    Iran’s misery index

    Iran’s oil production has declined significantly, dropping from a peak of 6 million barrels per day to a low of 500,000 barrels a day in 2020 and...

  • January 21, 2024


    Multi-crises are the presence of several crises occurring simultaneously. A complex emergency is defined as a circumstance marked by multiple...

  • January 14, 2024

    From capture to fiction

    However, what adds intrigue to this situation is discernible operational paralysis exhibited by Indian military leadership in aftermath

  • January 07, 2024


    There’s a bloodbath going on in our so-called Public Sector Enterprises . Is there a commercial entity in the world with assets of Rs150 billion...

  • December 31, 2023

    After the election

    Here’s pre-election scene 1: The government of Pakistan has undertaken some critical reforms including rationalization of gas prices,...

  • December 24, 2023

    Guarantor of stability?

    In recent months, Pakistan’s economic landscape has witnessed significant transformations through major global investments. Yes, prominent global...

  • December 17, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Reko Diq’s rescue

    How could a government – any government in the world – turn a hundred billion-dollar asset into an eleven billion-dollar liability? In 1993, BHP...

  • December 10, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Long-term leaders

    Mahathir bin Mohamad governed Malaysia for a combined period of 24 years. In 1981, when Mahathir assumed office as Malaysia’s fourth prime...

  • December 03, 2023

    Algorithmic warfare

    Military domination will no longer be defined by personnel strength. Military domination will no longer be defined by quality or quantity of...

  • November 26, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Industrial policy?

    Our industrial history is witness that status quo has favoured select few, leaving smaller enterprises grossly marginalised

  • November 19, 2023

    Military courts?

    The inside view of the Senate of Pakistan. — Radio PakistanThe Senate of Pakistan, the upper house of parliament, has endorsed a resolution...

  • November 12, 2023

    Cost of bad air

    A vendor carries balloons down a Lahore street amid heavy smog. — AFP/FileWere you aware that Pakistan experiences 40 million cases of acute...

  • November 05, 2023

    Act decisively

    Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar. — APP/FlieThe caretaker government, with the backing of the establishment, has made a determined...

  • October 29, 2023

    Military courts

    Army troops stand guard in the "red zone" after the arrest of former PM Imran Khan. — AFP/FileTurkey has had civilian trials in military courts....

  • October 22, 2023

    Two parties

    Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari while meeting with the PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif in this picture released on June 15, 2023....

  • October 15, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Shift the focus

    Much of the government's attention in Pakistan has been fixated on the rupee-dollar exchange rate. While this rate undeniably holds significance in...

  • October 08, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Cholistan Desert

    Here is a partial list of countries where their national armies play a significant role in the agriculture sector: China, Israel, India, Russia,...

  • October 01, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Minimal politics

    Fact 1: Presently, four out of every ten Pakistanis find themselves below the poverty line. Fact 2: Over the course of the past three decades, no...

  • September 24, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Measures v policy

    Administrative measures are actions, steps, or decisions taken by government officials or administrative bodies to address immediate issues....

  • September 17, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Informal sector

    According to Pakistan's official Labour Force Survey, the informal sector employs nearly 75 per cent of the working-age population. This sector...

  • September 10, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Demonetization?

    On November 8, 2016, the government of India invalidated the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes with the goal of achieving three main objectives: curbing...

  • September 03, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Devaluation

    Here’s a partial list of countries where currency devaluation has been a catalyst for protests at various points in recent history: Argentina,...

  • August 27, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Oil of the future

    The first oil well that launched the modern oil industry was drilled in Pennsylvania in 1859. Copper is the ‘oil of the future’. Copper is an...

  • August 20, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Objective economy

    Here is a partial list of countries that have effectively depoliticized economic decision-making: Singapore, South Korea, Israel, Chile, Sweden,...

  • August 13, 2023

    Grand rescue

    On May 9, the State Bank of Pakistan found itself with a meagre $3.6 billion, barely sufficient to fund two weeks of imports. This dire...

  • August 06, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Belt and Road

    China’s Belt and Road Initiative , often dubbed the New Silk Road, is one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects ever conceived. Since its...

  • August 01, 2023

    Last chance?

    For a staggering 73 years, ever since our joining the IMF in 1950, we have been in and out of the IMF Emergency Ward not once, not twice, but a...

  • July 23, 2023

    Military diplomacy

    Military diplomacy has temporarily mitigated our economic emergency by a few months. Diplomatic military operations have managed to suppress the...

  • July 16, 2023

    Capital suggestion: IMF saga

    The IMF, often referred to as the 'global lender of last resort', can be likened to a hospital’s ‘emergency ward.’ Established in 1944 and...

  • July 09, 2023

    Political worker vs cult member

    A political worker and a cult member are fundamentally different in terms of their objectives, motivations, and the nature of their involvement....

  • July 02, 2023

    Unburdened leaders

    He is a man unburdened by past baggage. His actions resonate louder than his words. Only someone untethered by personal baggage can wholeheartedly...

  • June 25, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Default?

    Sovereign default is the “failure of a national government to repay its debt.” Here are six signs that can indicate a potential sovereign...

  • June 18, 2023


    Surgery becomes imperative when a medical condition poses an immediate threat to life. It becomes necessary after exhausting non-surgical treatment...

  • June 11, 2023

    Capital suggestion: May 9

    In Pakistan’s eventful history spanning 27,695 days, what happened on May 9 has never happened before. May 9 amounts to an act of betraying...

  • June 04, 2023

    Glimmer of hope

    The economic outlook appears grim, even alarmingly so. The consumption of diesel has plummeted by 50 per cent, indicating that port-to-upcountry...

  • May 28, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Fake revolutions

    A ‘fake revolution’ typically refers to a situation or event that gives the appearance or illusion of a significant uprising or transformative...

  • May 21, 2023

    Military courts

    Here’s a list of countries where civilians have been tried in military courts: Argentina, Israel, Turkey, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Kuwait, Sri...

  • May 14, 2023

    Capital suggestion: Politics and violence

    Imran Khan's dangerous political ambitions have caused him to disregard the boundaries of violence in politics, posing a serious threat to the...

  • May 07, 2023

    Behind the leaks

    As the scandal of leaked audio recordings continues to dominate the headlines in Pakistan, two critical questions demand answers: First, who is...