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Energy Relief

Energy relief

The government has formulated a new Energy Policy, which is yet to be announced, with focus on increasing power generation capacity to 26,800 MW within three years. Reportedly, the policy…

Fixing The Tax System

Fixing the tax system

The finance minister has presented the federal budget for 2013-14. While containing several positive elements, such as a desire to reduce the fiscal deficit by 2.5 per cent of GDP,…

The Trial

The trial

Declaring a state of emergency on Nov 3, 2007, Musharraf held the constitution of Pakistan “in abeyance”. Article 6, Clause (1) in effect on November 3, 2007 did not describe…

Bad Inheritance

Bad inheritance

Following the May 11, 2013 elections, the PML-N leadership appointed Senator Ishaq Dar as the country’s finance minister, a portfolio he has held twice in the past. The finance minister…

Can The New Democratic Government Deliver?

Can the new democratic government deliver?

 It's in position and already the euphoria is spreading thin. Why? Why with such stalwarts as Chaudhry Nisar, Ishaq Dar and Sartaj Aziz the situation does not seem to be…

Rs500 Billion

Rs500 billion

Rs500 billion divided by 360 days comes close to Rs1.5 billion a day every day of the year. Rs500 billion divided among each and every Pakistani family comes to Rs17,000…

A Bad Start

A bad start

It may seem too early a verdict on the PML-N government which is only a couple of weeks old, but if the budget is anything to go by, the signs…

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…