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In defence of BISP and NFC

The crushing fiscal constraints currently facing Islamabad are forcing moves in various directions to tame the deficit. A number of options can be available. One rational way would be to…

BISP and institutional reforms

In the social protection debate we usually play down the role of short-term relief work in alleviating human suffering when emergencies hit, or during a situation of crisis. The social…

BISP’s progress under PML (N) govt

BISP has made commendable progress under the PML-N government during the last four years highlighting the commitment of the government to the poor and vulnerable of the country. The budget…

In Defence Of BISP

In defence of BISP

With the recent steps taken by the government regarding the Benazir Income Support Programme, there are fears that the 120 billion rupees annual allocation is considered an avoidable drain of…

BISP And Social Protection

BISP and social protection

The more than ten-year old social protection scheme, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), has survived its second transfer of power since it was launched in 2008 by the PPP government.…

Who Should Lead A Debate On BISP?

Who should lead a debate on BISP?

Between 1999 and 2005, General Musharraf had sanctified a dramatic expansion of the responsibilities of the officer corps of the army. As Waziristan was coming under the control of what…

The future is young

Pakistan is one of the youngest countries in the world. At least 62 per cent of its population is below the age of 35. To convert this population bulge into…

Flawed IMF programme design

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) analysis and prescriptions in the second and final review document under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) dated this month are to carry forward to the next…

Electricity tariffs

In Pakistan, it is a known fact that electricity is costly as compared to other countries of the region and its cost is ever inflating, but it is not the…

Pakistan’s elite and the art of deception

“The ends justify the means,” Machiavelli’s famous adage, permitting rulers to forsake moral high grounds in favour of maintaining power and control, is something that rings in my mind every…