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Change the political chessboard

Pakistan stands at a critical juncture in its democratic journey, grappling with a deepening political crisis that threatens to undermine the very fabric of its society. At the heart of…

Growth in federal tax revenues

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has released recently the Revenue Division Year Book for 2022-23. This is a very useful publication and highlights the trends in the level and…

Inside the federal education budget

Budget allocations should be read as reflections of the true priority accorded to sectors and programmes. Insufficient budgetary allocations to programmes incur delays, cost overruns and poor /delayed social impact.…

The spirit of federalism

The idea that Pakistan shall be a federation wherein provinces shall be autonomous was contained in the Objectives Resolution of 1949. The framers of the 1973 constitution had also contemplated…

Federal govt must not fuel provincialism

In 1997 general elections PML-N won a two third majority in parliament bagging 137 seats with PPP trailing with 18 seats. This unprecedented heavy mandate ended well before the end…

Economy in a federal framework

When a federal state tries to manage its economy using a centrist financial system the result would certainly be no better than what Pakistan had experienced during its first 63…

Federalism And Electricity

Federalism and electricity

Electricity is largely a federal subject in our constitution with some role for the provinces in small-scale power generation and the sector being under the oversight of the Council of…

Across The Board

Across the board

Accountability has always been selective in Pakistan, launched mostly by undemocratic forces to coerce politicians into supporting the policies of autocratic leaders. Those who refused to toe the lines of…