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How to solve the ‘bijli’ problem

Electricity draws incessant howls of outrage from Pakistanis. From industrialists to lifeline consumers, from plutocrats to labourers; everyone is unhappy. Pakistanis demand cheap and plentiful electricity – everywhere all at…

Flood waters have reached Islamabad?

It seems that the flood waters are now gushing towards the capital of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I remember in the decade of seventies the Public Comedians or ‘Bhaand’s’…

Pakistan’s economic legacy

Assessing Pakistan’s economic legacy is more than a historical reflection; it is a critical analysis of its trajectory. Successive governments’ policies shape growth, stability, and resilience, impacting the nation’s economy…

A good conspiracy

IF one thing’s true about human nature, it’s that everyone loves a good conspiracy. The stakes are sensational, the ending is grand, and most of the characters are faceless aliens…

‘Economic wars’ and national strength

The seventh annual edition of the ThinkFest literary event was held in Lahore this past weekend. Dr Yaqoob Bangash – whose day job as a historian makes him especially sensitive…

Strengthening dynasties

Dynastic politics is not a new phenomenon in our politics. Political dynasties are well entrenched in our political system. But Pakistan is not the only country in South Asia which…

High-tech export strategy

A 20-member delegation representing various sectors of Pakistan’s industry left for China on December 10, with the objective of enhancing Pakistan’s exports from the present shamefully low figure of $30…

How to achieve growth

To progress rapidly, Pakistan must create an Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) environment conducive to economic growth, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The EoDB refers to the regulatory and administrative framework that…

Capital suggestion: Industrial policy?

Three questions: can industrialists be impartial architects of change when they have reaped the benefits of the existing system? Will industrialists, who have thrived within the current status quo, suggest…

Output: uptick, downtick or…

This is the second of a two-part series focusing on the contribution to dealing with the ongoing economic impasse, if any, of policies currently being implemented. These can be differentiated…