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Dr Farrukh Saleem
Dr Farrukh Saleem

The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad.

  • April 11, 2021

    Debt trap

    Over the past 32 months, the PTI government has spent Rs10 trillion more than the government’s income. That’s the budgetary deficit. The...

  • April 04, 2021

    Team failure?

    Asad Umar blamed the PML-N. Asad Umar lasted eight months. Hafeez Shaikh blamed Asad Umar. Hafeez Shaikh lasted 23 months. Now Shaukat Tareen is...

  • March 28, 2021

    Real issues

    Is the PDM the real issue? Is the Senate election the real issue? For the 32 million, largely apolitical Pakistani families neither the PDM nor the...

  • March 21, 2021

    Implosion: 2025

    Interest payments as a percentage of FBR taxes: In 2017, a mere four years ago, Pakistan’s total debt payment amounted to 39 percent of FBR taxes....

  • March 14, 2021

    System failure?

    A total of 11 general elections over the past 48 years. Is the ‘system’ working? Have a look at the four ground realities. One, the 342-member,...

  • March 07, 2021

    Bankrupt power

    The power sector is the foundation of an economy. Red alert: Pakistan’s power sector – sans government subsidies – is bankrupt. The real...

  • February 28, 2021

    Lessons from Daska

    Lesson 1: Elections in Pakistan have become an intra-elite, medieval tribal war. An election was supposed to be a “formal group decision-making...