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Economic narrative

Acknowledge the suffering! Tough economic measures are back. Ability and capacity of the public to withstand another crisis is diminishing. Purchasing power, which had already eroded in the aftermath of…

Pakistan’s (mis)leading economic indicator

The upward movement of the stock market, such as the KSE-100, usually leads to optimism among businesses, statisticians and policymakers. They celebrate these figures as the sign of a national…

Claims of economic improvement

The narrative of the stakeholders today is that there has been a noticeable uptick in various macroeconomic indicators – those that relate to the productive sectors (agriculture, industry), those that…

Lack of economics behind politics Feb 12, 2024

The marriage between politics and economics is well established globally though in Pakistan political parties’ economic agenda varies little mainly due to the imposition of standard time bound quantitative conditions…

Comparing economic performances

PEOPLE often ask which political party has the best track record of managing the economy and producing the best results. It is a tricky question to give a straightforward answer…

Changing the national narrative

Pakistan has often been seen abroad as a crisis-prone country. That reputation has taken on a new life after the April 2022 parliamentary vote of no-confidence, and the unusual events…

COP28: Pakistan’s narrative ( Part – I)

The boilerplate is reductive but straightforward. One, Pakistan is one of the most affected countries by climate change. Two, climate change is not a problem created (or contributed to) by…

Economic pragmatism vs ideological rigidity

Compare last week’s newspaper headlines with those from the 1990s and it would seem that little has changed in Pakistan’s economic circumstances. Currently, as in the 1990s, the country is…

The false narrative around SOEs

Selling state companies is a bad idea. But despite failing repeatedly in practice this idea has resurfaced in the 2023-24 budget proposals, which say that next year the government will…