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Farhan Bokhari
Farhan Bokhari

  • May 22, 2024

    Cost of reversal

    Pakistan’s electricity consumers were encouraged to adopt solar generation as a way to increase power generation

  • May 08, 2024

    Tattered rule

    Events leading up to the upcoming protests and beyond are a powerful reminder of Pakistan’s once relatively functional ruling environment

  • April 25, 2024

    Asma’s legacy for justice

    A representational image showing late Pakistani human rights activist and Supreme Court lawyer Asma Jahangir. — AFP/FileAn annual gathering in...

  • April 10, 2024

    A viable Pakistan?

    Promising so-far-undelivered has been a repeated pattern in Pakistan’s unfortunate journey

  • March 31, 2024

    The martyrdom of Hazrat Ali

    The undated image shows a mourning procession on Yaum-e-Ali. — APP FileThis weekend’s surge in the number of pilgrims heading to Najaf, the holy...

  • March 27, 2024

    A fresh start

    Newly appointed Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzaib, poses after taking oath in Islamabad, on March 11, 2024. — Ministry of FinanceThe...

  • March 13, 2024

    Road to SIFC

    A representational image of the SIFC logo. — X/@sifcpakistanAs Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s government takes charge amid the worst economic...

  • February 28, 2024

    Rule by mob

    The event on Sunday in the crowded ‘Ichhra’ neighbourhood could have become ugly without the timely and brave intervention by a young police...

  • February 18, 2024

    Are future investments doomed as political turmoil deepens?

    As a PML-N-led coalition hobbles towards forming a government following controversial elections, the next chapter in Pakistan’s sorry economic...

  • February 14, 2024

    ‘Half’ a rule

    But going forward, constrained by restrictions under the next IMF loan, delivering those promises will be difficult

  • January 31, 2024

    Hollow promises?

    To date, little is known about where money is going to come from to afford promised relief

  • January 25, 2024

    Miracle in Kaaba

    Centerpiece of Islam where Hazrat Ali was born to this day location of birth of Hazrat Ali has not been shared by anyone else

  • January 17, 2024

    Vote for change?

    In contrast to huge and rapidly mounting challenges surrounding Pakistan’s future main contenders are geared up effectively more towards...

  • January 03, 2024

    To Dar or not

    Dar, who led the finance ministry under the last PML-N government, left behind a much-blemished legacy

  • December 20, 2023

    Pakistan in 2024

    Pakistan is set to enter another year surrounded by deep-rooted challenges over its medium- to long-term future. The prospect of another political...

  • December 10, 2023

    Pakistan’s troubled economy

    ISLAMABAD: The expected approval for the release of a U$700 million tranche for Pakistan from the IMF’s executive board in Washington next month,...

  • December 06, 2023

    Jumpstart Pakistan?

    As Pakistan struggled with ever-growing challenges in recent decades, a succession of regimes have sought to jumpstart the country – notably its...

  • December 03, 2023

    SIFC: Concept to Reality

    Almost six months after the creation of the SIFC to shepherd large new inflows to Pakistan’s investment starved horizon, the lessons of the past...

  • November 24, 2023

    An emergency ‘windfall’ tax on banks flows from a failure to reform

    Representational image. — APP FileWhen Pakistan’s negotiators and members of a visiting IMF team closed their latest deal to facilitate the flow...

  • November 22, 2023

    After the transition

    A woman with physical disabilities casting her vote in NA-149 constituency of Multan during 2013 elections in Pakistan. — APP FileThe futility of...

  • November 08, 2023

    After the carnage

    This picture on November 5, 2023, shows Israeli tanks and soldiers stationed at a location in the northern Gaza Strip as battles between Israel and...

  • October 25, 2023

    Blowback to Pakistan

    Former Prime Minister and PMLN Supremo Nawaz Sharif waves to his supporters in Lahore on October 21, 2023. — X/@pmlndigitalpkNawaz Sharif’s...

  • October 11, 2023

    Democracy vs economy

    As Pakistan’s two and a half mainstream political parties aspire for power in Islamabad, their failure to focus on the economy only binds them to...

  • October 01, 2023

    Insecurity and political upheaval weaken economic prospects

    ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan struggles to revive confidence in its beleaguered economy, Friday’s terrible terrorist attacks in Balochistan and...

  • September 27, 2023

    Irrelevant millions?

    As former prime minister Nawaz Sharif prepares for his return to Pakistan next month after four years in exile, his party’s target for defining...

  • September 13, 2023

    Tackling failure?

    Pakistan’s emerging failures, ranging from a rapidly sliding economy to growing political discord, together smack of just one outcome: making the...

  • August 30, 2023

    Fixing the rot

    As Pakistan’s bitter electricity consumers gathered on the streets this past week in a rare act of civil disobedience, the authorities were...

  • August 16, 2023

    Freedom vs economy

    Pakistan celebrated its 76th independence day on Monday amidst nationwide fanfare, coinciding with a change of government in Islamabad and a...

  • August 02, 2023

    Crashed economy

    The upcoming departure of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s government this month marks an opportunity to assess its performance – or lack of it...

  • July 29, 2023

    Remembering Ashura

    Today’s remembrance of ‘Ashura’ – the day of the brutal martyrdom of Imam Hussain and 72 of his followers in Karbala under orders from...

  • July 19, 2023

    Messages from Karbala

    As this week sees Muslims worldwide observing ‘Muharram’ – the first month of the Islamic year that begins on a note of sorrow – the tragedy...

  • July 09, 2023

    Pakistan’s economic pitfalls – risks versus stability

    As Pakistan braces for the terrible consequences of climate change amid heavy monsoon rains and related casualties, the official claim of returning...

  • July 05, 2023

    Rescue Pakistan?

    An IMF-led rescue of Pakistan has averted a likely default on the country’s foreign debt repayments — but only for now. As Pakistan’s ruling...

  • June 21, 2023

    Lawless Pakistan?

    Two tragedies this week vividly illustrate the recurring disconnect between rule of law and rights of common citizens, as Pakistan’s leaders...

  • June 18, 2023

    Pakistan’s reckless course?

    With barely a fortnight left till end of Pakistan’s financial year, the country’s disruptive politics and wild economic trends together raise...

  • June 10, 2023

    Non-crisis, populist budget

    ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Friday unveiled a ‘non-crisis’ budget with little more than a passing reference to the grave challenges...

  • June 07, 2023

    Crashing economy?

    Ahead of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s expected budget speech this Friday which is set to come with more than the usual sugar coating, the glaring...

  • May 24, 2023

    Beyond toxicity?

    As the ruling structure clamps down on its opponents following the widespread anarchy of May 9, the future of Pakistan has become surrounded by a...

  • May 10, 2023

    Bridging the gap

    China’s defence chief’s call on Pakistan’s armed forces on Monday to expand their ties with Beijing carried a deeper message than what...

  • April 26, 2023

    After the polls?

    As Pakistan’s political rivals battle hard to rapidly and quickly win space in the run up to the country’s next elections, the clear writing on...

  • April 16, 2023

    News Analysis: Toxic politics and economy

    ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan’s increasingly toxic politics fuel unprecedented uncertainty, the country’s worsening outlook can only lead to one...

  • April 09, 2023

    Martyred inthe mosque

    Barely moments passed after the morning ‘fajr’ prayer began at the ‘Kufa’ mosque in southern Iraq that an assassin, Abdul Rehman Ibne...

  • March 29, 2023

    Twenty-five years later

    As Pakistan prepares to celebrate a quarter century in May this year since its six maiden nuclear tests of 1998, the country’s political, economic...

  • March 26, 2023

    Pakistan’s blind alley

    Islamabad: Amid the government’s relentless pursuit of the Imran Khan led opposition, a failure to secure an urgently needed IMF loan has led to...

  • March 08, 2023

    Crashing economy?

    As Finance Minister Ishaq Dar promised last Friday to defy the odds and create hope for Pakistan’s future, the writing on the wall pointed to the...

  • February 24, 2023

    News Analysis: Pakistan’s two halves?

    ISLAMABAD: The latest austerity steps announced by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to trim expenses across the top tiers of the government fail to...

  • February 22, 2023

    Economic sabotage?

    Ishaq Dar eagerly misses no opportunity to shift the blame for Pakistan’s economic woes, despite the disasters surrounding his stewardship of the...

  • February 11, 2023

    News Analysis: Pakistan’s dangerous economic stalemate?

    WHEN IMF’s mission to Pakistan departed on Friday leaving Finance Minister Ishaq Dar behind to put on a brave face, the writing on the wall was...

  • February 08, 2023

    Pakistan’s chaos

    As Pakistan’s political rivals fight intensely in their race to seek power, two related events in the coming days will define the country’s...

  • February 05, 2023

    Born in Kaaba

    Ahead of the 13th day of the Islamic month of ‘Rajab ul Murajjab’ due to be observed in Pakistan today , scores of Muslims planned their journey...