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Pakistan’s Economy – I

Pakistan’s economy – I

Alongsides is the first part of a three-part series by an economist who has reflected on his more than half a century involvement with the country's economy. Pakistan has had…

Dual Nationality

Dual nationality

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is engaged in drafting and seeking approval where required, of a set of rules for prospective candidates, some based on court decisions, for the…

Why Break The Relationship?

Why break the relationship?

The US agenda with Pakistan pre-9/11 was, in order of priority viz (1) nuclear non-proliferation (2) terrorism and (3) drugs, with the Taliban government in Afghanistan figuring prominently in the…

Hafeez Caretaker PM?

Hafeez caretaker PM?

Dr Hafeez Sheikh's resignation as the Federal Minister for Finance has generated considerable speculation as to its reason. What fuelled these speculations was the fact that the Presidency issued a…

The Real Tragedy

The real tragedy

The Finance Division has released its "Year Book 2011-12" which, besides citing heavy line losses, incomplete corporatisation, weak governance, costly fuel mix, and delays in bill payments, points to partial…

Energy Crisis And PPPP’s Prospects

Energy crisis and PPPP’s prospects

The major irritant that has plagued the people of this country since the President Zardari-led government took over power in 2008 remains the energy crisis. This continuing crisis, political analysts…

Election Outlook-IV: Punjab Always Matters

Election Outlook-IV: Punjab always matters

The proponents of various ethnolinguistic vitality models plausibly argue that 'the Punjabis are the most powerful economic group in Pakistan' and that `Punjab is the most populous and prosperous province…

History Revisited

History revisited

Election campaigns are in full swing and, with election fever at its peak, we seem to hear and see a lot about the Musharraf case. There are also continuous updates…