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The privatization enigma

PM Shehbaz Sharif has ordered the authorities concerned to expedite the privatization process of our national airline, PIA. This is not a new story, though. The privatization of loss-makers like…

Capital suggestion: Growth strategy

The clock is ticking for Pakistan’s economic future. Decades of unrealized potential and missed opportunities cast a long shadow. Yet, Pakistan holds immense promise. Imagine harnessing the energy of a…

The PTA’s obfuscation

X (formerly Twitter) is officially blocked in Pakistan and finally there is proof. On March 20, 2024, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), in response to petitions challenging the restriction on…

Violations of privacy rights

Pakistan not only faces economic and political challenges but has also to contend with multiple pressing issues highlighting the complexities of country’s socio-political topography and diverse array of obstacles it…

Social media blackouts

Pakistan has long touted its ambitions to improve its citizens’ quality of life and economic well-being through digital transformation. This includes initiatives such as Digital Pakistan, or the more recent…

The AI frontier at WGS

While Pakistan was still counting votes and figuring out who won these elections, Dubai was hosting the three-day World Governments Summit 2024 from February 12 to 14. Speakers included heads…

The net must go on

Pakistan votes today. In a record year for elections, Pakistan joins the nearly four billion people across the world who will vote for their representatives. When the last general elections…

China’s giant leap

A gathering of some 5,000 top scientists and engineers listened in pin-drop silence on January 7, 2020 as Chinese President Xi Jinping laid out his vision and strategy to make…

Privatization plans

International Financial Institutions (IFIs) persistently prescribe privatization as a panacea for developing countries including Pakistan. But economic reforms and privatization are scary terms in Pakistan. It is worth noting that,…

FBR: Dwindling tax collection

Pakistan has one of the world’s lowest tax ratios, stemming from five main weaknesses: complexity, a narrow tax base, low compliance, inefficient tax administration, and low and declining provincial tax…