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Sunday February 25, 2024
Mansoor Ahmad

  • February 25, 2024

    Inequality crisis

    LAHORE: We can reduce the huge expenditure of internal security and security of the ruling elite, top bureaucrats and even middle ranked police...

  • February 24, 2024

    Small businesses

    Large companies survive because most have diverse portfolios; gloom in one sector is compensated by buoyancy in another sector

  • February 23, 2024

    Coalition woes

    Dar is praised for keeping the rupee stable and fighting with the IMF to stall economic reforms

  • February 21, 2024

    Struggling economy

    LAHORE: The general election in Pakistan has intensified political instability in Pakistan at a time when the country needed a harmonious approach...

  • February 20, 2024

    Social protection

    LAHORE: A joint study by the International Trade Organization, Save the Children and UNICEF reveals that globally, 1.4 billion children, aged under...

  • February 18, 2024

    Two-pronged approach

    LAHORE: Progress in poverty reduction in Pakistan is measured primarily in terms of consumption or income, ignoring the other aspects of life that...

  • February 17, 2024

    Uncertainty vs risk

    But how can they do so in Pakistan? The only recourse left for them is to guard their resources and wait for a good time

  • February 16, 2024

    Trade dilemma

    We have to decide whether we want to promote regional trade, including trade with India

  • February 15, 2024

    Economic revival

    LAHORE: Pakistan needs a courageous duo like Manmohan Singh and Narasimha Rao of India who in 1991 liberalised the Indian economy, allowing it to...

  • February 14, 2024

    Peaceful progress

    Political polarization takes pressure off those who steal taxes, or benefit unethically from the prevailing system

  • February 13, 2024

    Economic reforms

    This is a repeat of almost all elections where economic prudence is sacrificed to gain power

  • February 11, 2024

    IMF challenges

    LAHORE: Providing relief to 40 percent of the population living below the poverty line and braving inflation of around 30 percent may be the desire...

  • February 10, 2024

    New challenges

    LAHORE: Election results have created more confusion as no political party has gained an absolute majority. Now the political wheeling and dealing...

  • February 09, 2024

    Pakistan needs two more years of belt-tightening to achieve economic recovery

    LAHORE: A nation badly in need of harmony hopes for easing of political tensions, hoping that the elected government would show openheartedness to...

  • February 08, 2024

    Food industry

    LAHORE: Both provincial and federal governments have generally ignored the massive adulteration in foods, resulting in exploitation of consumers...

  • February 06, 2024

    Pakistan’s economic woes overshadow election promises

    The help does not come in the form of charity but is provided as loans on harsh terms, as beggars are not choosers

  • February 04, 2024

    Economic reality

    LAHORE: The major problem in Pakistan is that the government is almost always severely criticized both for wrong and right reasons. The critics...

  • February 03, 2024

    Uncultivated potential

    To start with, our planners are fully aware of the limited health capacity in our country

  • February 02, 2024

    Untaxed wealth

    Naturally average families in the country were caught off guard and were forced to be selective in their spending

  • February 01, 2024

    Growth trap

    The rest houses are special recreation places for the baboos. This should stop forthwith

  • January 31, 2024

    Inflation nightmare

    LAHORE: The challenges the next elected government faces would be insurmountable both politically and economically. To move the economy forward, the...

  • January 28, 2024

    Power subsidy

    LAHORE: The impression that SIFC has agreed to reduce power rates to the regional level is incorrect. It simply asked the planners to seek the IMF...

  • January 26, 2024

    Skilled migration

    Lahore: Pakistan has a huge advantage of a young population below the age of 35 that, if nourished properly, could fill the labor shortages in most...

  • January 25, 2024

    SMEs struggle

    LAHORE: Pakistan's small and medium enterprise sector desperately needs bank financing, but several factors are hindering its availability. The...

  • January 24, 2024

    Non-textile exports

    LAHORE: Planners are realising the potential of non-textile exports. Many non-textile sectors simply need prudent policy changes and no finances to...

  • January 23, 2024

    Economic realities

    LAHORE: Pakistan is currently managing its economy through controlled imports and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. The tall...

  • January 21, 2024

    Low-cost strategy

    Staple foods such as wheat flour, maize flour, rice, oil, pulses and salt, are consumed by most of our population consistently throughout the year

  • January 20, 2024

    Stagnant growth

    In Pakistan, workers continue to lose their purchasing power as their wages increase much less than inflation

  • January 18, 2024

    Under invoicing

    Civil society must rise to occasion and speak out against extravagant expenditures and non-transparent governance

  • January 17, 2024

    Economic crunch

    LAHORE: At the turn of the century, almost a decade after our economy faltered, most Pakistanis were optimistic about the country's future. However,...

  • January 16, 2024

    Sustainability challenge

    There is fear of stagflation in the United States and of recession prolonging in the United Kingdom and some parts of EU countries

  • January 14, 2024

    Missing threads

    Only one investment was made in textiles way back in1997 to produce polyester in Pakistan on heavy protection

  • January 13, 2024

    CSR for growth

    Government would have to improve its governance, while the private sector would have to act more responsibly

  • January 12, 2024

    Job drought

    Pakistan without doubt is a highly indebted country and is already in severe financial distress

  • January 11, 2024

    Trade woes

    Answer to our high transportation cost is to shift effectively, prudently to Railways for goods transportation

  • January 10, 2024

    Stagnant growth

    India has outperformed the regional economies after the 1990’s economic reform

  • January 09, 2024

    Vicious circle

    Raids like this are norm around world. Nowhere trade associations demand that raids be conducted after consulting them

  • January 06, 2024

    Technology upgrade

    The unemployment situation in Pakistan is already bad

  • January 05, 2024

    SMEs struggle

    Lack finance as banks are reluctant to give them loans without collateral

  • January 04, 2024

    Living wage

    LAHORE: Global focus on sustainability has brought the exploitation of workers into focus as well. A bad environment in manufacturing processes is a...

  • January 03, 2024

    Subsidy trap

    LAHORE: Pakistan’s economy is in limbo, passing through an uncertain period having no guarantee that the decisions taken would be carried forward...

  • January 02, 2024

    Clean governance

    LAHORE: The promises of a better Pakistan made by those in power often soar far above the expectations of the masses. However, when it comes to...

  • December 31, 2023

    Broken future

    LAHORE: As we enter 2024, many fear for Pakistan's future. Political consensus remains elusive, economic plans falter, and poverty worsens alongside...

  • December 30, 2023

    Visionary ventures

    LAHORE: Family-owned businesses in Pakistan, like their global counterparts, are proving resilient in the face of economic, political and...

  • December 29, 2023

    Fiscal feuds

    LAHORE: The country faces a deadlock on key national issues such as water management and fiscal federalism, as political parties and provinces...

  • December 28, 2023

    Gender gap

    Lahore: Pakistan has one of the widest gender gaps in the world, ranking 142 out of 146 countries in the 2023 Global Gender Gap Report by the World...

  • December 27, 2023

    Poverty and dependence

    LAHORE: Pakistan's economy faces a persistent malaise, echoing the same economic woes that plagued the system at the turn of the century. Cartels...

  • December 26, 2023

    IMF recipe fails to ease Pakistan’s economic misery ahead of elections

    LAHORE: With elections round the corner the expected economic turnaround has not yet taken place despite complete adherence of the last elected and...

  • December 19, 2023

    Business bailouts

    LAHORE: Businesses in Pakistan have not come out of the mindset that even when they make wrong business decisions, the state should come to their...