Sunday November 28, 2021
Dr Farrukh Saleem
Dr Farrukh Saleem

The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad.

  • November 28, 2021

    Economic security

    Pakistan’s economy is under attack – from all directions. To be certain, Pakistan’s ‘economic security’ continues to be the most neglected...

  • November 21, 2021

    Questions and responses

    The question: The price of wheat flour has moved from Rs35 per kilogram three years ago to Rs75 per kilogram. A typical Pakistani household used to...

  • November 14, 2021

    Food inflation

    The global average rate of inflation hovers around 3.2 percent. The rate of inflation in Pakistan hovers around 9 percent. The most recent Sensitive...

  • November 07, 2021

    Blame the IMF

    Petrol has gone up to Rs146. Blame the IMF. The price of wheat flour has gone up from Rs35 a kilogram three years ago to Rs70 per kilogram. Blame...

  • October 31, 2021

    House in order

    Public procurement: The federal government and the four provincial governments collectively buy goods and services around Rs10 trillion a year every...

  • October 24, 2021


    The PTI versus the opposition. The PTI versus the establishment. The PTI versus the Election Commission of Pakistan. The PTI versus Biden. The PTI...

  • October 17, 2021

    Real issues

    For the past week, the real issue for nearly one hundred percent of Pakistan’s decision-makers has been the appointment of the DG ISI. What's the...

  • October 10, 2021

    Seven new records

    Record number 1: In 2019, the PTI government allocated Rs190 billion for ‘social protection’. Over the past three years, the PTI government has...

  • October 03, 2021

    The falling rupee

    Background: Between May and September the rupee fell from Rs152-to-a-dollar to Rs173-to-a-dollar. That’s a wholesome Rs21 fall in 123 days. That...

  • September 26, 2021


    Five Eyes – an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US – are watching. Five Eyes has put Pakistan...