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World Quds Day

This year’s World Quds Day is commemorated under circumstances in which we are witness to one of the biggest cases of murder and genocide in history. The deep humanitarian catastrophe…

A recalcitrant rupee!

The budget for the current fiscal year, reviewed and amended by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a prior condition for the staff level agreement (SLA) on the Stand-By Arrangement…

Pakistan and IMF

The second and final review of the nine-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was reached this week past (announced on 20 March 2024) however macroeconomic indicators…

A rational solution the way forward

My doctor had asked me to stay away from both electronic and social media for the last month and a half due to my ill health. In a way that…

Widening Indo-Pak economic divide

This is the final part of a two-part series of articles, highlighting the differences between India and Pakistan’s state of the economy. Cricket, a great if not the only unifier…

Poverty on the rise

Poverty levels have risen from 34.2 percent in 2022 to 39.4 percent in 2023, pushing 12.5 million people below the poverty line as per data shared by World Bank officials…

Can economy afford another Dar tenure?

Key economic indicators reflect a worsening trend (as per data released by the Finance Division) in July-August 2023-24 against the comparable period of the year before: remittances declined by 21.6…

Rating agencies and Pakistan’s response

There are three major international credit rating agencies providing investors information about bond and debt instruments and sovereign debt - Fitch, Moody’s Investor Services and Standard and Poor - which…

Capital violence

THE unbreakable bond between Pakistani city administrators and anti-encroachment has been at the fore in Islamabad for weeks, as clashes have broken out between authorities and protesters during the demolition…

Policies and their implementation

Policies in Pakistan’s multiple sectors are well researched, many compiled with donor funding which enables international and national sector experts to take account of international best practices as well existing…