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Budget 2024-25: managing the deficit

Our budget deficit last year, as per my estimate, was over Rs13 trillion, and this year it is likely to be Rs11 trillion, against the government’s original estimate of Rs6.5…

Israel holds Palestinian economy captive

The Israeli war in Gaza is speeding up Israel’s “annexation” of the Palestinian economy, say analysts, who argue it has been hobbled for decades by agreements that followed the Oslo…

Charter of economy: a non-starter

The concept of all political parties signing off on a charter of the economy has been consistently raised by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership with the stated objective of…

The (informal) wedding economy

Pakistan has one of the fastest population growth rates in the world, and considering an ever-expanding population base, it is estimated that more than 1.6 million marriages happen in the…

Pakistan’s intractable budget deficit?

Pakistan’s unsustainable budget deficits can be sourced to the never to be satisfied thirst of all administrations, past and present - civilian, military, hybrid, caretaker - to borrow to fund…

A parallel economy

Smuggling poses an increasingly troublesome and complex challenge for Pakistan. Often labeled as an underground economy, it detrimentally affects revenue collection, fostering tax evasion and leaving a substantial dent in…