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Keep PIA Flying

Keep PIA flying

Facing multiple crises simultaneously – most of them man-made – Pakistan’s workforce and institutions remain amazingly resilient. In many ways Pakistan International Airlines is symbolic of state of the nation…

A Question Of Authority?

A question of authority?

This refers to Babar Sattar’s article, ‘A question of authority’, published in The News on June 15, 2013. The writer seems to have missed important aspects of the issue. Otherwise…

An Ambitious Budget

An ambitious budget

Turning to current expenditure, debt servicing is expected to increase by Rs125 billion, defence by Rs57 billion, grants by Rs3 billion and civil administration by Rs23 billion. On the other…

An Ambitious Budget

An ambitious budget

Budget 2013-14 has been announced on time by the PML-N government – only five days after the swearing in of the cabinet. This clearly shows a great sense of urgency.…

Bullish On Pakistan

Bullish on Pakistan

ALTHOUGH the Karachi Stock Exchange has risen over 50pc over the last year, financial analysts have not rushed to declare Pakistan a `bull market`. The reasons for their caution are…

Promises Galore

Promises galore

The Federal Budget presented by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is a week old now, and has evoked mixed reactions, mostly critical and highly suspicious of government's ability to meet the…

Poverty Status: Another Dilemma For The New Government

Poverty status: Another dilemma for the new government

Announcing an official higher or lower poverty number by the country sends the following kinds of signals to the international stakeholders, ie, foreign governments, multilateral and bilateral donors, international NGOs…

Budget 2013-14: No Will To Tax The Rich

Budget 2013-14: No will to tax the rich

By just tinkering with tax rates here and there and imposing or enhancing regressive taxes - fixing revenue collection target at Rs 2598 billion for fiscal year 2013-14 - the…

Dairy Sector: A Long Road Ahead

Dairy sector: a long road ahead

Pakistan is one of the top three milk producing countries in the world with an annual production of 46,000 litres. This makes the dairy industry a significant contributor to the…