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The ebb of external inflows

The Ministry of Economic Affairs has released the statement of May 2023 on Disbursement of Foreign Economic Assistance to Pakistan in the first eleven months of 2022-23. The year 2022-23…

Controlling inflation and financing deficits — I

In April 2020, Intern-ational Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director (MD) had reportedly called the Covid pandemic a ‘crisis like no other’, and a Guardian article ‘We are living through the…

Growing External Dominance

Growing external dominance

Pakistan has faced recurrent balance of payments problems for the last three to four decades. Every round of crisis leads to knocking at the doors of so-called friendly states and…

Way out of external Dependence

The four essential ingredients needed to achieve a modicum of economic sovereignty and establish a social welfare state are: energy, capital, technology and manpower. Pakistan lacks the first three and…

Managing external account – fiscal policy

Further to my earlier article "Managing the external account - monetary policy", this is the second article of the three-part series of my articles on managing external account. On the…

Taking Control

Taking control

On March 2 and 3, German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Egypt and Tunisia. Concerns about migration and refugees will top the agenda of her talks with Egypt’s President Abdel…

Mind Control Gone Foul?

Mind control gone foul?

Here is one version of how private media emerged in Pakistan under Musharraf. After Kargil, private TV channels in India (which started around 1995) spoke with one voice claiming that…

For Control Or Vanity?

For control or vanity?

Legal eye The writer is a lawyer based in Islamabad.      The Inter Services Public Relations issued a press release after the November 10 corps commanders conference, quoting the…