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Challenges before the new finance minister

President Asif Ali Zardari has taken oath from the newly-inducted Federal Cabinet headed by second time Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif. Among the 19-member cabinet, 13 are members of…

Who should be the finance minister?

Asking the wrong question is one of the most prominent qualities of the Pakistani public discourse. ‘Who should be the finance minister?’ is the wrong question. Whoever is made finance…

Finance minister?

The PML-N’s classic economic growth model rests on three pillars: hard infrastructure development, an overvalued rupee and domestic consumption. This model has seen mixed results across their different periods in…

Pakistani finance ministers!

Pakistan’s economy has reached an impasse yet again and perhaps this played as much of a role in de-seating Imran Khan as did the usual suspects — both within and…

The finance minister’s statement

Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen’s May 5 press conference was a breath of fresh air after a decade of fuddling and muddling on the economic front, particularly the last two and…

Country needs a new finance minister

Ishaq Dar, the incumbent finance minister, is clearly unable to give any, let alone, due attention to the portfolio of finance that he nonetheless refuses to surrender. Today the country…

Notes For The Finance Minister

Notes for the finance minister

We have multiple distress signals coming out of the mismanaged economy of Pakistan. A shrinking base of direct taxation and expanding underground economy, rising prices, stagnating output, widening income inequality,…

Wannabe Finance Minister

Wannabe finance minister

Like the Titanic, our finance ministry is heading towards a dangerous iceberg. A head-on collision can tear a hole grievous enough to drag down the economic structure of the state.…

An Open Letter To The Finance Minister

An open letter to the finance minister

Mr Finance Minister! You presented your maiden federal budget for 2010-11 in parliament in June 2010. Unfortunately, the same budget could not see the light of the new fiscal year…