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Invisible Enemy

Invisible enemy

Pakistan Information Security Association (PISA) recently held a Cyber Security Conference at Islamabad. This paper analyzes key aspects of the discourse, captures important observations and recommends action points for securing…

Managing The Natural Gas Crisis

Managing the natural gas crisis

The dual menace of power and gas shortage is a serious issue that has caused much damage to the national economy and is likely to damage more, if the right…

Combating Financing Of Terrorism – II

Combating financing of terrorism – II

Appraisal of global and domestic initiatives: Since the tragic event of September 11, 2001, the United States and its allies have been engaged in what they call 'war on terror'…

Punctured Tax Base

Punctured tax base

The Chairman of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), while talking to Associated Press of Pakistan on 17th February 2012, conceded that "Pakistan has one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios in…

The Care They Can Take

The care they can take

The constitution is silent on the precise role of the caretaker government. There is a general agreement that the caretaker setup should not take any action that favors one political…

The Making Of Another White Elephant?

The making of another white elephant?

There has been great public outcry over the past several months regarding shortage of gas across the country. Long queues of vehicles at CNG stations seem to have become a…

Beginning Of The End

Beginning of the end

Thousands of Shia protesters braved sub-zero temperature for nearly three days as they staged a sit-in in Quetta, refusing to bury 87 victims of the January 10 twin bombings at…

Beyond Reform?

Beyond reform?

Since the start of World Bank funded Tax Administration Reforms Programme (TARP), FBR has been making tall claims about its automation efforts. All the chairmen of FBR, who headed the…