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Good economics is inclusive politics

The defeat of Finance Minister Mr Hafeez Sheikh in the Senate elections is not just a defeat of Mr Imran Khan but a rejection of the idea that ‘economic-technocrats’ are…

Rethinking Economics

Rethinking economics

Nobel laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz had made a rather telling comment during a seminar some years ago. Stiglitz had said that the recent world economic crisis had done to the…

Government-led Successful Economics

Government-led successful economics

All governments of the day are wary of criticism. They feel that they have not done anything wrong. To drive home this message they have recruited 'paltoo totas (domesticated parrots)'.…

Hydrogen initiatives

The good news is that two hydrogen initiatives have been announced in Pakistan recently; one by NEECA and the other by petroleum industry. NEECA (National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority)…

The future of electric vehicles [Part – II]

Are electric vehicles (EVs) economical or affordable? Although an EV may not be exactly economical, it is fast approaching the required cost objectives. Rising demand and scale economies would bring…

The CNG option

Recently, a controversy arose when some oil-gas producing company sold its to-be-flared gas to some CNG dealers. Pre-flared gases come out of the oil wells and are a mixture of…

How to reform trade

Pakistan’s economy faces a pivotal juncture, marked by the imperative need to reassess its import tariff structure. Recent trade data underscores the urgency for policy reforms to stimulate economic growth,…

Subject of taxation on farm income

This article discusses the issue of availability of food for the poor at affordable prices, economics of agriculture and the misperception about the potential collection of tax on income from…

Can a country survive on loans?

Almost all things in Pakistan — from politics to economics — are managed purely through an ad hoc approach. The phenomenon of ‘adventurism’ has been the hallmark of our struggle…