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2024—Business winds and waves

Goodbye 2023. A year that was tentative, testing and turbulent. The world became more uncertain and businesses more uncomfortable. Economies faced the dual challenge of inflation and recession. Political economy…

Nawaz Sharif: prospects and challenges

The view of most analysts is that Nawaz Sharif is poised to become Prime Minister (PM) for the fourth time as a result of the general elections in February 2024.…

Power, privilege and the people

Almost every political analyst thinks that it will be extremely difficult to rescue Pakistan from the economic, social and political chaos it currently finds itself in. People on the streets…

Does parliament need a contempt law?

The recent Contempt of Parliament Bill, 2023 has rightly raised eyebrows, and is being seen as flawed and conceived by parliamentarians unaware of their existing powers. In times where parliament…

Ethics and politics

Last August, the FBI raided former US president Donald Trump's resort home in Florida. They searched for and confiscated a large number of classified documents that were in the former…

Sustainability and Islamic finance

The unique characteristic of Medina Economics is the fact that almost all the building blocks of the Islamic economic system were completed in the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)…

Whatever happened to ethics?

While the question of corruption is one that continues to stalk the country today, the Toshakhana affair and the alleged sale of a watch taken from the state gift repository…

Diversity, inclusion and the youngDr Naazir Mahmood

The Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS) has been working for the promotion of diversity and inclusion in society. Its recent consultation titled ‘Promoting narratives of diversity, inclusion, and peace…

Need for new income tax law — II

The administration of a tax system is highly complex. No doubt, a proper bureaucratic input is vital for making the system successful, but it is equally necessary to take all…