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Zeeshan Haider
Zeeshan Haider

  • July 19, 2021

    Chinese concerns

    The terrorist attack targeting Chinese working on the Dasu dam should serve as a wake-up call for everyone who matters in Pakistan.

  • June 28, 2021

    Daunting task

    Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin sounded upbeat after talking to IMF officials to soften up their calls for stringent measures by Pakistan to fully...

  • June 14, 2021

    ‘Populist’ budget

    Without going into the debate when the next elections will be held, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, for all practical purposes has given an...

  • May 24, 2021

    ‘Budgeting in uncertainty’

    The finance ministry babus and other government officials must be holding meetings behind closed doors in Islamabad to firm up proposals for the...

  • April 05, 2021

    Putting house in order

    The fuss over who would lead the economic team and whether Pakistan should resume trade ties with India has exposed the poor thought process and...

  • March 29, 2021

    Slow-paced accountability

    Last year, a big petroleum crisis struck Pakistan when, all of a sudden, petrol disappeared from most of the filling stations across the country.

  • March 08, 2021

    As economy takes a backseat

    The defeat of Finance Minister Abdul Hafiz Sheikh in the senate elections at the hands of joint opposition candidate and former prime minister Yusuf...

  • February 01, 2021

    Fighting corruption!

    A noisy debate has been raging between the government and its opponents as well as in the national and social media does Pakistan stand in combating...

  • January 18, 2021

    Reining in food inflation

    Prime Minister Imran Khan keeps the nation updated on the achievements of his economic team through his twitter.

  • December 21, 2020

    Chabahar again?

    A few months back Iran dropped India from a major railway link connecting its strategic Chahabar deep sea port to its Zahedan province on border...

  • December 07, 2020

    Consolidating economic gains!

    Prime Minister Imran Khan and members of his economic team regularly report weekly and monthly economic indicators to reassure the nation that the...

  • November 16, 2020

    Prices on the rise

    Prime Minister Imran Khan at the weekend tweeted a Reuters story on food inflation in India.

  • November 02, 2020

    Dwindling national savings

    For low income countries like Pakistan, national savings are vital for the economic growth.

  • October 19, 2020

    Inflation genie

    A joke has gone viral on social media to explain the government’s helplessness in controlling the price hike.

  • October 05, 2020

    Boosting exports: a challenge

    Prime Minister’s Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood last week reported a slight increase in the country’s exports for September.

  • September 28, 2020

    Grave challenges!

    The disease COVID-19 caused by the new coronavirus has not been eliminated, but it no longer dominates international news headlines.

  • September 07, 2020

    Revitalising Karachi

    Karachi, the financial lifeline of Pakistan, was hit by one of the worst floods in its history.

  • August 24, 2020

    Sensitive matters

    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has just returned from a highly important trip of China where he co-chaired the second round of China-Pakistan...

  • August 10, 2020

    Premature excitement!

    In literal sense, the government has declared victory in the first round of fight against the new coronavirus.

  • July 27, 2020

    Craving for genuine accountability

    The government officially declared the asset details of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special assistants and advisers.

  • July 13, 2020

    Time is of the essence

    In his speech in the National Assembly after the passage of the budget, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the previous two political governments...

  • July 06, 2020

    Think before you speak

    Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan seems to have had no idea as to how the international community would react to his “startling” disclosure...

  • June 15, 2020

    Covid-hit budget

    The PTI government has announced the second budget of its tenure setting several ambitious targets but the question is whether the economic targets...

  • June 08, 2020

    Budgeting in contagion

    The PTI government will announce the national budget for the fiscal year 2020-21 in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the entire...

  • May 18, 2020

    Filling the gaps

    Just weeks before announcement of the annual budget, the State Bank of Pakistan cut the policy rates –the fourth in the past two months- by 100...

  • May 11, 2020

    Unlocking uncertainties

    Two days ago, Pakistan started easing the countrywide lockdown.Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the decision along with his top aides after...

  • March 16, 2020

    Coronavirus is more than just a health crisis

    Pakistani authorities seem to be now finally waking up to the growing danger of coronavirus which has claimed over 5,000 lives so far across the...

  • February 24, 2020

    Ray of hope

    The threat of Pakistan being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force has been hanging as a sword of Damocles over Pakistan for the past...

  • February 17, 2020

    From Turkey with business

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid high profile visit to Pakistan last week. He delivered a very strong speech on political issues of mutual...

  • January 27, 2020

    CPEC: A diplomatic tightrope

    The mistrust in the relations between Pakistan and the United States has markedly been overcome over the last one year and a half.

  • January 20, 2020

    Any contingency plan?

    The recent spike in tensions between the United States and Iran should serve as a good opportunity for Pakistan to plan out its strategy to ensure...

  • January 06, 2020

    Brewing Gulf conflict

    The killing of Iranian’s Quds Force commander Qasem Suleimani in a US drone attack at the Baghdad airport has raised the specter of a new and...

  • December 23, 2019

    Back on the brink

    The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund last week approved the second tranche of $452.4 million after completing first review of the...

  • December 16, 2019

    Mending economic fences

    It was back in 1973 when the erstwhile Union of Soviet Socialist Republics helped build Pakistan Steel Mills in Karachi – the first concrete...

  • December 02, 2019

    CPEC: Sovereignty first

    The mistrust between Pakistan and the United States seems to have ebbed significantly in the wake of their close cooperation for the settlement of...

  • November 25, 2019

    Walk the talk!

    Hot on the heels of lavish praise by the International Monetary Fund for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government’s performance on the economic...

  • November 18, 2019

    Dear tomatoes!

    For Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, economy is the way of managing fiscal and trade deficit and controlling inflation but for a layperson, it is about how to...

  • November 10, 2019

    Political consensus needed to keep up with IMF-backed reforms

    Pakistan has come away with a lavish praise from the International Monetary Fund at the end of the first staff level review of the bailout package...

  • November 04, 2019

    Beginning of an end?

    The World Bank President David Malpass arrived in Pakistan last week, and so did a high-level delegation from the International Monetary Fund .

  • October 28, 2019

    Gathering political storm?

    The government is in a festive mood. The World Bank in its latest report has bracketed Pakistan among world’s top ten countries for ensuring ease...

  • October 14, 2019

    To Paris with progress

    A Pakistani delegation led by Revenue Minister Hammad Azhar will have reached Paris by the time this edition of this newspaper hits the newsstands.

  • October 07, 2019

    Rawalpindi rendezvous

    Confronted with a big slowdown in economy, the pressure seems to be building up on the government to do something to generate economic activity to...

  • September 30, 2019

    Red flags at full mast!

    The Asian Development Bank’s assessment of Pakistan’s economy in its yearly outlook for Asia should not come as a surprise as the writing had...

  • September 23, 2019

    A pat on the back!

    A senior-level team of the International Monetary Fund has completed its first round of talks with the Pakistani authorities since the Fund...

  • September 02, 2019

    Deficit disorder

    The PTI has squarely blamed its predecessors for the economic mess and it was justified for it to a large extent, but it could no longer take...

  • August 26, 2019

    Past witches, present hunters

    Corruption is undoubtedly one of the major challenges faced by the country and needs to be tackled head on as it hampers economic development and...

  • August 19, 2019

    Reality check

    Pakistan’s policy makers are overplaying the last week’s meeting of the United Nations Security Council , claiming that the moot called on the...

  • August 05, 2019

    Difficult path

    The Federal Board of Revenue is gearing up for a massive drive to bring in maximum people into the net and to raise tax collection.