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Anatomy of ‘Debt Management Strategy’

Pakistan’s persistent fiscal imbalance has cast a negative shadow on the overall economic scenario. Unless significant and enduring fiscal reforms are initiated and implemented with full vigour, the likelihood of…

Exports collapsing under power sector burden

The fundamental premise upon which the foundations of modern-day economics stand is that resources are finite and therefore must be allocated to their most productive use. However, our policymakers’ erroneous…

Ciphers you can’t decipher

Even if you are totally bowled over by the endless reverberations of what had happened on May 9, you still need to have patience to bear with this rising tempo…

IMF versus vote politics

In political science, economic voting is a theoretical perspective which argues that voter behavior is heavily influenced by the economic conditions in the country at the time of the election. According to this perspective, voters tend to vote…

FY2023-24 Budget

The government is expected to present the budget for the next fiscal year in the first week of June. Budgets in Pakistan have always been quite an event with lobbies…

The Goa visit

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s recent visit to India triggered an intensive debate about the future of bilateral relations between the two countries. The Kashmir dispute, which is a major cause…

Working for the right leader

It is good to have friends in high places one can occasionally send complaints to. Imran Khan has one such friend in Arif Alvi sitting in the Presidency in Islamabad,…

Road to self-sustainability

During the last few decades, global economies have been facing tough challenges. The recent spell started in March 2020 when Covid-19 jolted domestic and international business activities, besides taking heavy…

Dar sb waits, and waits

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar must have spent the last few days, since the zero-interest surprise disappeared from the headlines, waiting for the mullah lobby to come rallying behind him; lifting…