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IMF Bests Dar

IMF bests Dar

A visibly crowing Dar sat next to Jeffrey Franks, staff member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) claiming that the Fund had agreed to extend a 5.3 billion dollar package…

Fair Game For The IMF

Fair game for the IMF

The IMF and the government of Pakistan have reached an agreement on yet another arrangement after a separation and then divorce from the previous standby arrangement between them. This is…

Finance Act 2013: Apathy Of Parliament

Finance Act 2013: Apathy of Parliament

The adoption of Finance Bill 2013 on 27 June 2013, with a number of amendments proposed on 24 June 2013, was a disgrace for the National Assembly. There was no…

Dar And The People

Dar and the people

If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop. — Murphy’s Law…

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…

Budget 2013-14: Concluding Speech

Budget 2013-14: Concluding Speech

Alongside is the text of concluding speech delivered by Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatisation, in the National Assembly on 22nd June…

Old Lady Punching Above Her Weight

Old lady punching above her weight

It was a highly overcast sky in Birmingham (last) Sunday afternoon. The England-India final started almost on time. The toss was called, and the two anthems heard. But then the…

Nawaz’s Foreign Policy Gladiator

Nawaz’s foreign policy gladiator

The political leaders of Pakistan seem to believe that an inordinate display of public emotion can atone for their lack of honesty on drone strikes. The myths have to be…

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…