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Saturday July 13, 2024
Mansoor Ahmad

  • July 13, 2024

    The tale of taxes

    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, Pakistan June 24, 2022....

  • July 12, 2024

    Delivering on performance

    Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. — AFP/FileLAHORE: Prime ministers in Pakistan usually blame the poor performance of their government on their...

  • July 11, 2024

    Our cup runneth over?

    A man counts Pakistani rupee notes at a currency exchange shop in Peshawar on September 12, 2023. — ReutersLAHORE: The high development budget has...

  • July 10, 2024

    Pandora’s box

    Representational image of a power grid. — Canva/fileLAHORE: The decision to reconsider the increase in power tariffs for lifeline consumers shows...

  • July 09, 2024

    Hoping against hope

    A woman checks rice prices at a main wholesale market in Karachi. — AFP/fileLAHORE: The manner in which businesses have reacted to the budget...

  • July 06, 2024

    Unproductive workforce

    Pakistani carpenter wears a protective mask as he works at a carpentry workshop. — AFP/file LAHORE: Pakistan is facing a strange employment...

  • July 05, 2024

    Search for identity

    Students wave national flags at the mausoleum Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah during Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14, 2023....

  • July 04, 2024

    Comparative distress

    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, Pakistan June 24, 2022....

  • July 03, 2024

    Are we prepared?

    A dairy farmer pours milk in a steel drum. — PPI/FileLAHORE: The success of punitive measures incorporated in this year’s budget largely depends...

  • July 02, 2024

    Focus on malnutrition

    Flood victims gather to receive food handout in a camp following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Sehwan on September 14, 2022. —...

  • June 30, 2024

    No escape from an elitist budget

    Representational image of various stats and indicators relating to budget. — AFP/File LAHORE: The budget has finally passed with the government...

  • June 29, 2024

    Empowered women: key to growth

    Representatives of Shirkat Gah’s Women Political Forum from Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and Sindh during a press conference at the...

  • June 28, 2024

    Modern era, traditional practices

    A representational image showing people shop at a market in Lahore. — AFP/FileLAHORE: The mindset of our businesses has not changed from the...

  • June 27, 2024

    Playing with people’s sentiments

    This image shows the consumers buying fresh vegetables from a local market. — AFP/FileLAHORE: As the budget has to be passed before June 30,...

  • June 26, 2024

    Moving forward in the age of technology

    A representational image of young people working in a company. — AFP/FileLAHORE: Pakistan remains a low-value and low-tech economy as...

  • June 25, 2024

    Compliance dilemma

    Traders, workers, and customers gather at a wholesale fruit market in Lahore on October 16, 2022, which also marks the ‘World Food Day.’ —...

  • June 23, 2024

    Should we expect tax concessions?

    A representational image showing people buying pulses and grains at a wholesale market. — AFP/File LAHORE: As the budget debate starts in the...

  • June 22, 2024

    Build Karachi, develop Pakistan

    People throng at the Bohri Bazaar in Saddar, Karachi. — AFP/FileLAHORE: Development in Pakistan is hostage to the situation in Karachi compared...

  • June 21, 2024

    No more exemptions?

    Minister for Finance and Revenue Senator Muhammad Aurangzeb presenting the Federal Budget 2024-2025 before the National Assembly in Islamabad on...

  • June 16, 2024

    How to tackle poverty

    A representational image showing men distributing food to people in Karachi on May 2, 2020. — AFPLAHORE: Poverty is linked with the level of...

  • June 15, 2024

    Make your own economic model

    A boy walks past a sidewalk money exchange stall decorated with pictures of banknotes in Karachi on September 30, 2021. — ReutersLAHORE: Economic...

  • June 14, 2024

    Analyzing the budget

    Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb is presenting budget 2024-25 in the National Assembly on June 12, 2024. — APPLAHORE: The federal budget has...

  • June 14, 2024

    Punjab presents Rs5.3 trillion surplus budget

    No new tax has been levied in budget for next fiscal year, says Punjab finance minister

  • June 13, 2024

    Economic reality

    A representational image showing a young girl carrying an infant. — Reuters/File­LAHORE: The Pakistan Economic Survey 2023-24 is silent on...

  • June 12, 2024

    Can Pakistan bring tax reforms?

    Our problem is that our GDP continues to grow, but the tax-to-GDP ratio remains stagnant even if we increase our revenues by above 30 per cent...

  • June 11, 2024

    Budget blues

    A representational image showing a money exchange broker counting Rs5,000 Pakistani rupee notes. — AFP/FileLAHORE: The government is having a...

  • June 08, 2024

    Rhetoric and reality

    People shop at a market in Lahore, Pakistan on April 30, 2022. — AFPLAHORE: Business owners are asking for concessions that they know cannot be...

  • June 07, 2024

    Get your priorities right

    People are buying vegetables from a vendor at the Fruit and Vegetables Market in Islamabad. — Online/FileLAHORE: The problems faced by the economy...

  • June 06, 2024

    Elitist budgets

    An employee counts Pakistani rupee notes at a bank in Peshawar, on August 22, 2023. — ReutersLAHORE: For several decades we have seen that...

  • June 05, 2024

    Economy or ego: choose your battles wisely

    A currency broker stands near his booth, which is decorated with pictures of currency notes, while dealing with customers, along a road in Karachi,...

  • June 04, 2024

    Hard decisions

    A shopkeeper uses a calculator while selling spices and grocery items along a shop in Karachi. — Reuters/FileLAHORE: The economy cannot be run on...

  • June 02, 2024

    Revenue gaps

    An undated image of consumers buying fresh vegetables from a local vendor. — AFP/FileLAHORE: The miseries faced by Pakistanis are not only because...

  • June 01, 2024

    Populism

    A vendor holds a Pakistani flag as he waits for customers beside his stall alongside a street in Islamabad. — AFP/FileLAHORE: Populist leaders...

  • May 31, 2024

    Irrational duties

    Headquarters of the Federal Board of Revenue in Islamabad. — APP/FileLAHORE: Customs duties are a major source of revenue for the Federal Board of...

  • May 30, 2024

    How to fix corruption

    A person can be seen holding notes of Pakistani currency Rupee in his hands. — AFP/FileLAHORE: Corruption contributes to instability and poverty...

  • May 29, 2024

    High cost of low governance

    People show their NICs to receive free bags of flour from a delivery truck at a distribution point in Lahore on March 20, 2023. — AFPLAHORE:...

  • May 26, 2024

    Fiscal pressures

    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. —...

  • May 25, 2024

    Privatisation drive

    This picture released on February 9, 2023, shows Pakistan International Airlines aircraft parked inside a shade in Nur Khan Engineering Complex in...

  • May 24, 2024

    Economic strain

    People buy pulses and grains at a wholesale market. — AFP/FileLAHORE: The country is being run as a rudderless ship that is unable to reach its...

  • May 23, 2024

    Reform agenda

    A representational image showing people at a busy market in Rawalpindi. — AFP/FileLAHORE: Pakistani planners, despite tall claims, are still shy...

  • May 22, 2024

    Revenue gap

    A foreign currency dealer counts US dollar notes at a currency market in Karachi on July 19, 2022. — AFPLAHORE: Experts think the proposed revenue...

  • May 21, 2024

    Trade dynamics

    Pakistan suffers from one of the highest illicit trade in Asia amounting to 20% of the formal economy. — AFP/FileLAHORE: The entrepreneurial...

  • May 19, 2024

    Economic revival

    A man selling vegetables waits for customers at his makeshift stall at Empress Market in Karachi. —  Reuters/FileLAHORE: We need a strong...

  • May 17, 2024

    Unseen overheads

    A representational image of trucks loaded with trade goods. — AFP/FileLAHORE: The public does not realize the impact of corruption on the...

  • May 16, 2024

    Protest concessions

    A protest in Muzaffarabad Kashmir seen in this photo from May 10, 2024.— Screengrab/X/@HamirMirPakLAHORE: When we are on the other side of the...

  • May 15, 2024

    Investment boost

    A foreign currency dealer counts US dollar notes at a currency market in Karachi on July 19, 2022. — AFPLAHORE: Vibes coming from the economic...

  • May 14, 2024

    Fiscal challenges

    Pakistan currency notes can be seen in this image.—AFP/FileLAHORE: Coming budget would be challenging for both the government and the citizens....

  • May 12, 2024

    Remittance disparity

    A currency dealer counts US dollars at a shop in Karachi. — AFP/FileLAHORE: Remittances in Pakistan are not in line with the number of Pakistani...

  • May 11, 2024

    Skills gap

    An employee working at a textile factory in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, on April 7, 2011. — AFPLAHORE: One of the many drawbacks that the...