Thursday May 26, 2022
Dr Farrukh Saleem
Dr Farrukh Saleem

The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad.

  • May 22, 2022

    Three failures

    Economic failure: In 2018, when the PTI formed the government, national debt and liabilities stood at Rs30,000 billion. By 2022, the same had grown...

  • May 15, 2022

    Financial emergency

    Ex-PM Imran Khan’s current political narrative is all about a ‘civil war’. PM Shehbaz Sharif’s current political narrative is all about...

  • May 08, 2022

    Crunch time

    Imran Khan, having lost power, has adopted a strategy of delegitimizing institutions of the state including the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the...

  • May 01, 2022

    Daily losses

    Imran Khan wants to invade Islamabad with his ‘two million’ supporters. Fawad Chaudhry is going on about ‘civil unrest’. Sheikh Rasheed is...

  • April 24, 2022

    CM or PM?

    A PM is about policy. A CM is about projects. A policy is “a course or principle of action adopted or proposed” by a PM. A project “is a...

  • April 17, 2022

    Six days

    Six days ago he won the support of a majority in parliament. On April 11, he took the oath of office. In his speech he brought up all the important...

  • April 10, 2022

    BoP crisis

    A breath of fresh air. A ray of hope. The new government, however, is up against serious challenges. The rupee has lost 50 percent of its value over...

  • April 03, 2022

    Depleting reserves

    As of August 2021, net reserves with the SBP stood at $20 billion. Net reserves with the SBP have since fallen to $12 billion. Over the past seven...

  • March 27, 2022

    Alarm bells

    Alarm bell number 1: Current account deficit. The government’s annual target is $12.9 billion but the recorded deficit for eight months has hit...

  • March 20, 2022

    Lebanese default

    Politicians playing their games in the midst of a serious economic crisis has disastrous consequences. On March 9, 2020, Lebanon could not repay a...