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Public administration and decisions

Policymaking is an important and consequential public activity that needs to be in the limelight – and it often is. An allied public activity, also of much importance but in…

PIA, Maladministration And The Public

PIA, maladministration and the public

ecent events reminded me of Murphy’s Law (coined in 1949 by Edward A. Murphy, an officer in the US Air Force) which states that, if anything can go wrong, it…

Power bills and public anger

The usual jargon was issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on 27, Sunday, after an inconclusive emergent meeting was called in the aftermath of violent street protests in several cities…

Administration of justice

Late Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, in his famous poem 'stone' said: "there is a stone of the statute of justice too, but that can be carved only with the axe of…

Dissecting public expenditure (Part – II)

Debt dynamics requires continued primary budget surpluses to be generated for gradually lowering the burden of interest payments and reducing public debt-GDP ratio. Revenue mobilisation of an additional 1.5 percent…

Dissecting public expenditure (Part – I)

Several commentators have argued that the problem of fiscal deficit in Pakistan lies in its profligate public expenditure and unless this expenditure is drastically reduced a healthy fiscal balance is…