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Beyond The Consensus

Beyond the consensus

“If you want to rob the people wholesale start a bank”, says a Chinese proverb. The validity of this ancient wisdom aside, China itself has moved a long way away…

Growing Disillusionment

Growing disillusionment

Governments cannot seriously live under the grand delusion that the ordinary public will go into a trance on being informed that the budget deficit targets agreed on with the International…

Social Contract

Social contract

There are many theories about the origin of the state and its role in the life of its citizens. One view is that the state is inherently an oppressive institution,…

Not A People’s Budget!

Not a people’s budget!

Ishaq Dar Federal Finance Minister has left me completely baffled. Not because of the out-of-the-box solutions that he should but did not include in the budget, not because he failed…

A Continuation Of Last Year””s Plan

A continuation of last year””s plan

Presenting the federal budget yesterday, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar seemed quite enthusiastic about the economic recovery and ''''sound policies'''' by the government. The accountant''''s selective approach is nothing new; compared…

Ingenious Accounting

Ingenious accounting

The results of fiscal operations by the federal and provincial governments have been released recently. In the first nine months, July to March, of the current fiscal year the consolidated…

The Survey Says It All

The Survey says it all

Ishaq Dar, the Finance Minister, showed his penchant for numbers rather than as a policy reformist when he presented the Economic Survey 2013-14, the statistical compilation of the year accompanied…