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SIFC and Pakistan’s future

Pakistan’s economy has witnessed several challenges in the past few years. The country was on the verge of default up until a few months back. Some quarters blame the PDM’s…

Beyond the IMF deal

Pakistan has signed a fresh nine-month stand-by agreement (SBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) worth $3 billion in a last-ditch bid to avoid sovereign default. The agreement at the…

Perpetual crisis

Negotiating with the IMF is not a new experience for Pakistan. The country has been approaching the IMF since 1958 when General Ayub Khan first pushed the nation down that…

How to deal with Covid-19

Like other countries, Pakistan too has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and on a daily basis the cases of infected persons are surging and putting an already shaky healthcare…

Deadly Migrations

Deadly migrations

The recent cold-blooded massacre of 20 young men in Balochistan’s Turbat district is an unforgettable tragedy for their families. One must put oneself in their shoes to feel the pain…

Why do governments fail?

World history contains many stories and facts about failed governments and empires. We all know about the fates of the Roman, Greek, Spanish, Dutch, British, Russian and Islamic empires; about…

It Is Patronage, Stupid!

It is patronage, stupid!

The story goes that the Italian Christian Democratic Party had a very elaborate system of patronage and vote-buying. It devised innovative methods to ensure that people voted as per promise…

Living dangerously

The IMF has released the staff report listing stringent conditions for the latest standby agreement with Pakistan. Will Pakistan be able to comply? There is no direct answer to the…