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The Worst Era Ever?

The worst era ever?

The last PPP government is frequently termed as Pakistan’s worst. Some use such assessments to merely lambast the PPP. Others argue that incompetence was so extraordinary that it proves that…

An Optimal Tax System

An optimal tax system

Tax systems in most developing countries are far from optimal. Indeed, the need for adequate government revenues without excessive borrowing is sometimes in conflict with sound economic fundamentals. Most often…

What Are The Caretakers Up To?

What are the caretakers up to?

The caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso received briefings from different ministries/departments and took more than a week to identify fifteen individuals as his cabinet members. One of the…

The Rise Of India

The rise of India

Can India become a great power? This question is taken up by the weekly Economist in its March 27 edition. New Delhi, as the weekly sees it, has the potential…

Friendship With India

Friendship with India

Just six months after independence, in a pictorial write-up on Pakistan, America’s Life magazine noted that the newly born nation of 70 million desperately needed India’s capital and industrial know-how…

Rent-seeking And Governance

Rent-seeking and governance

There is no denying the penetration of rent-seeking in the country. It is reflected in multiple forms and manifestations. The elite ie landlords, industrialists, top civil and military bureaucracy are…

The Most Democratic Of Them All

The most democratic of them all

A few articles have been published on these pages recently lambasting the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership for talking to the Jamaat-e-Islami for seat adjustment. The writers heaped criticism on the Jamaat…

Fiscal Priorities

Fiscal priorities

What can the caretaker administration do to bring much-needed sanity to the fiscal framework? With a backdrop of a record budget deficit of around 10 per cent of GDP staring…

Khoso’s Tasks

Khoso’s tasks

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is facing huge shortage in revenue collection despite resorting to all sorts of negative tactics and highhandedness, destroying the already fragile economy. The FBR…