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A regulatory framework for Pakistan Railways – III

Regulation is basically done through tools called ‘regulatory instruments' where it is essential that proper mandate in this regard is provided in the underlying legislation that establishes the regulator of…

The ‘demise’ Of Regulatory Bodies

The ‘demise’ of regulatory bodies

The government has decided to forfeit the independence of the regulatory authorities of Pakistan by transferring them from the Cabinet Division to the respective line ministries, thereby diluting their autonomous…

Income inequality: export-led growth only solution

Pakistan is currently in difficult circumstances, grappling with deindustrialization and widespread unemployment. The country’s inflation rate at 36.4% has forced millions of families into subsistence conditions. Shockingly, 22% of the…

Managing the BoP

Pakistan today faces an incipient financial crisis. Gross foreign exchange reserves of the SBP stand at $10.8 billion as of the 8th of April. They have plummeted by $5.5 billion…

Growth in imports

The information on the composition of imports from July 21 to March 22 was released recently by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). Over the nine-month period imports have shown…

‘Homegrown’ macroeconomic framework

The recent medium-term projections by some of the major multilateral agencies have created a strong sense of apprehension about the future prospects for the economy of Pakistan. For example, the…

Inflation a la Khan style!

The PML-N administration's April 2018 budget for the current fiscal year projected a rise in inflation to 6 percent as opposed to 4.5 percent in 2017-18 reflecting external factors, particularly…

Dealing with ‘debtocracy’

Total debt servicing increased by around 57 percent during FY 2018-19 compared with last fiscal year which was driven by higher domestic interest payments (on account of rise in domestic…

Budget Speech 2020-21

Mr. Speaker, 1. I start my submissions with the name of Allah Almighty, the most gracious, the most merciful. It is a matter of great honour and pleasure for me…