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  • May 23, 2024

    Against the tide

    A labourer bends over as he carries packs of textile fabric on his back to deliver to a nearby shop in a market in Karachi on June 24, 2022. —...

  • April 06, 2024

    The PM’s tangled web

    To be fair, it is not exactly the most opportune time to become prime minister of Pakistan

  • February 25, 2024

    A wobbly coalition

    The recent election of February 8 underscores the inherent unpredictability in relying on anecdotal political insights

  • February 16, 2024

    None of the above

    Election result will unfortunately now lead to a period of greater political polarization that will further undermine Pakistan’s economic...

  • October 28, 2023

    The caretakers are better

    Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar addressed a high-level dialogue on financing for development on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York...

  • July 21, 2023

    Hand the baton to the young

    When discussing Pakistan, we often focus on the income gap and gender gap, but one critical issue remains unaddressed: the age gap. I’m not...

  • June 29, 2023

    Will Pakistan get a bailout?

    In the aftermath of the Shehbaz Sharif government’s widely criticized budget, which was met with disdain by independent economists and also drew...

  • May 18, 2023

    A house divided

    The current government’s leaders deride the Supreme Court’s decisions, viewing them as partisan due to their perceived leniency towards former...

  • May 03, 2023

    The Toshakhana’s moral vacuum

    Now that the Toshakhana record for the period 2002-2022 is in the public domain, we can see how morally questionable the rules were that allowed our...

  • February 07, 2023

    AI for everyone

    If you aren’t familiar with what ChatGPT can do, then you’re going to be blindsided by the impending changes that are going to upend our society...

  • January 09, 2023

    That sinking feeling

    Pakistan’s economy is currently like the cartoon character that finds itself suspended in midair after falling off a cliff with its arms and legs...

  • October 23, 2022

    The centre cannot hold

    It is plain that the finance minister’s visit to Washington has not resulted in any financial relief since, apart from expressions of sympathy for...

  • October 02, 2022

    Dar’s return: hope vs experience

    The stock market and the dollar rising in unison after the announcement that Ishaq Dar was to take over as finance minister was quite surprising as...

  • August 18, 2022

    Looking for direction: Part - II

    The experience of several Muslim majority countries that have reduced their population growth can provide valuable guidance. Hans Rosling, the...

  • August 17, 2022

    Looking for directions: Part - I

    In 1777 when a friend bemoaned that Britain’s future was ruined after its army had lost a battle to American colonists in the latter’s War of...

  • May 30, 2022

    Afghanistan matters

    The writer is a group director at the Jang Group.While the world’s media is focused on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the daily horrors...

  • May 09, 2022

    This time isn’t different

    The former combined opposition parties that backed Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister have been shaken by the size and age diversity of the crowds...

  • April 21, 2022

    Threading the needle

    In accordance with expectations but contrary to economic prudence, the incoming Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced a raft of relief measures...

  • March 21, 2022

    Governance and the PTI

    The finest moment for the embattled PTI government over the last four years has beenits handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.With a combination of good...

  • October 01, 2021

    Fragile economic recovery

    The writer is a group director at the Jang Group.Make too many promises and sooner rather than later a government will find that all can’t be...

  • June 30, 2021

    The case for taxing land

    Budget 2021-22 looks good on paper in so far as it avoids the usual compulsions of belt tightening to meet IMF conditionalities and so can claim...

  • April 29, 2021

    Economic constraints and scenarios

    There are some important policy issues that need immediate attention but do not get the priority they deserve in policy discussions about the future...

  • November 03, 2020

    Monopolies and markets

    One frequently reads or hears about the need for the structural transformation of the economy by means of which the institutions or people...

  • July 30, 2020

    Reopening schools: it’s complicated

    The writer is a group director at the Jang Group.Reopening primary and secondary schools will lead to a rise in community spread of Covid-19. This...

  • June 09, 2020

    Masking realities

    One must shake one’s head in exasperation at the ad-hoc way decisions are made in Pakistan in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.By waiting two...

  • April 16, 2020

    The long road ahead

    What happens after the lockdown ends is not clear since there is no overarching plan to indicate the steps the government proposes to combat...

  • March 19, 2020

    Economic revival: trouble ahead

    There are signs that the economy is on the mend after the lows it had sunk to last year in the aftermath of the austerity measures implemented over...

  • November 10, 2019

    Collecting more taxes

    It was the renowned American Supreme Court judge Oliver Wendell Holmes who wrote more than a century back that ‘taxes are the price we pay for a...

  • June 02, 2019

    Stabilising the economy

    Some recent economic news gives hope that the economy is less fragile than many people assumed. One useful indicator of a revival of confidence by...

  • February 12, 2019

    Perpetuating the debt cycle

    A lack of transparency in economic decision-making has led to a situation whereby Pakistan may be in the throes of a debt trap. Temporary measures...

  • September 14, 2018

    Policymaking under the PTI

    With the formation of an 18-member Economic Advisory Council comprising eminent economists, Imran Khan’s government will not be short of economic...

  • August 01, 2017

    Who’s afraid of depreciation?

    The IMF’s recent press release pursuant to Article IV consultation with the government of Pakistan indicates that the country’s real...

  • July 02, 2017

    Qatar in the crosshairs

    A coalition of several Gulf Cooperation Council countries led by Saudi Arabia, including the United Arab Emirates , Bahrain and Egypt, has put Qatar...

  • June 15, 2017

    The landslide that wasn’t

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s gamble to hold a snap election three years earlier than required has failed spectacularly. Her aim was to...

  • March 11, 2017

    Afforestation campaign launched along M-1

    Islamabad The afforestation campaign for the year 2017 along Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway was formally launched on Friday under the joint auspices...

  • February 02, 2017

    NAB losing public trust: SC

    Asks NAB chairman how much losses organisation is making ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that the National Accountability...

  • January 07, 2017

    Five Hazara men injured in Quetta attack

    QUETTA: Five men of Hazara community were injured, two critically, in a targetted attack on their vehicle along the Spiny Road here on...

  • January 03, 2017

    Egyptian judge hangs himself amid graft scandal

    CAIRO: A senior Egyptian judge hanged himself in custody on Monday a day after his arrest in connection with an investigation into a corruption...

  • January 03, 2017

    Quetta Seniors crush Karachi Haseen Habib

    KARACHI: Zia Kasi and Sanaullah guided Quetta Seniors to a seven-wicket victory over Karachi Haseen Habib in the 18th National Seniors Cup Cricket...

  • January 03, 2017

    Our batsmen need to show consistency: Sallu

    KARACHI: If Pakistan put up a fighting show, no matter what the result is, as they did in the first Test then no one will criticise them and our...

  • December 15, 2016

    Briefs

     Briefs Schools to be shut on APS attack anniversary Bureau report PESHAWAR: The district administration has announced public holiday in...

  • December 11, 2016

    Designing choice architectures

    A recent policy measure made use of by governments is the idea of ‘nudging’ people to adopt a certain course of action. This is a...

  • November 23, 2016

    The world according to Trump

    It has been called the greatest political upset in American political history. How did the least qualified candidate in the history of US politics...

  • July 30, 2016

    Turkey’s failed coup

    The abortive bid by a faction within Turkey’s armed forces to depose Turkey’s elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 15...

  • May 31, 2016

    Measuring economic wellbeing

    The writer is group director for business development at the Jang Group. When Pakistan’s finance minister announces the annual budget this...

  • July 18, 2015

    The rise of the robot

    aEarlier this month a robot killed a worker at car maker Volkswagen’s factory in Germany. Although the news caption about the killing fuelled...

  • July 01, 2015

    The pitfalls of forecasting

    Forecasting is about predicting the future in order to take advantage of emerging opportunities or avoiding the dangers of being blindsided by nasty...

  • June 21, 2015

    Rising tide of inequality

    In recent years virtually all statistical measures point to a tendency towards increased income and wealth disparities in most countries. Branko...