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Culpability For Crises

Culpability for crises

The debilitating economic crises facing Pakistan and the deplorable state of public services are mostly a result of mismanagement, inaction and the blatantly wrong policies that have been pursued by…

Elusive LNG

Elusive LNG

LNG has evoked a considerable controversy again. Successive governments have been touting LNG projects for now more than a decade as a short-term solution. It has not materialised. But the…

An Economy Of Shortages!

An economy of shortages!

Austerity economics that has prevailed in Pakistan has created an economy shortage (a term coined by the Hungarian economist, Janos Kornai) and is choking growth and employment. This is not…

The LNG Scam Or Non-scam?

The LNG scam or non-scam?

LNG is again in the news; firstly a high-level Pakistani delegation went to Qatar in the hope of getting a direct and concessionary LNG deal from government of Qatar; secondly,…

A Shambolic Budget

A shambolic budget

The budget was passed with a majority vote this Thursday which, given the PML (N) strength in parliament as well as the constitutional amendment stipulating that a national assembly member…

Finance Bill 2013: Meaningful Suggestions

Finance Bill 2013: Meaningful suggestions

Senate Standing Committee on Finance sent a number of meaningful, though unbinding, recommendations to the National Assembly on 21st June, 2013. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar ignored all of them while…

Drugs And Money

Drugs and money

Successive governments in Pakistan provided money laundering schemes to the black economy, including proceeds from the drug trade in the name of ‘good economic measures’ (sic) to ‘boost industrial progress’.…

Budget 2013-14

Budget 2013-14

I was not disappointed by the budget 2013-14 - not because it contained any out-of-th-box thinking or indeed any reform measures that would have changed the economy's direction in the…

Invisible Enemy

Invisible enemy

Pakistan Information Security Association (PISA) recently held a Cyber Security Conference at Islamabad. This paper analyzes key aspects of the discourse, captures important observations and recommends action points for securing…