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Privatization plans

When Fawad Hasan Fawad became the caretaker federal minister for privatization on September 12, 2023 and was given the responsibility to look into the privatization of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA),…

Housing for the dispossessed

The unprecedented floods in Pakistan, especially in Sindh, have damaged rural houses in the flooded areas. No systematic survey has been conducted so far to assess the extent of losses…

SEZs – investments for future

My experience with the Board of Investment (BoI) allowed me a deeper insight into not only the workings of the economy but the necessity of a consolidated long-term vision that…

Karachi: economic powerhouse

Two news items last week prompted me to write on the economy of Karachi, the country’s largest city and its economic hub. These are: * The data relating to exports…

Trade unions losing steam

A workers’ union is an integral part of an industrial or commercial unit’s working environment. The workers have a fundamental right to form an association to project, promote and protect…

Reviving the economy – Part II

The first part of this article spoke about how it’s time the state reengineered its economy. Here are some of the measures that the state can adopt to bring the…

Islands for elite capture?

As if we didn’t already have enough controversies raging through the length and breadth of our society, another one has been added in the name of development. Widespread protests and…

Production Or Real Estate?

Production or real estate?

One is caught by surprise when looking at the government’s rush for all kinds of SEZs (including the federal and provincial level SEZs as well as simple and priority SEZs-under…