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Human lives matter

THE tragedy in Murree has shaken the people of Pakistan and appalled many. The horrific incident once again ‘shocked’ the political leadership which immediately started ‘taking notice’ and ‘formed a committee’. What…

Services’ & immovable property income taxation

The taxation of “services” mentioned in section 153(1)(b) of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 [“the Ordinance”] with effect from tax year 2020 is subjected to “minimum tax regime” in cases…

Climate-smart cities

PAKISTANI urban planners have failed miserably to plan safe and livable cities for us. Instead of serving as engines of growth, our cities are holding us back from economic development.…

Fall of a hero

The unceremonious ouster of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe from power exemplifies how dictatorial tendencies, insatiable hunger for power, and stubbornness in the face of imminent rout - character traits he…

Solving the energy conundrum via LNG

Recently while flipping through the archives section of a newspaper, I came across a 1968 print advertisement of the then Karachi Gas Company. The body copy of the ad confidently…

Minimum asset tax

On the brink of formation of new government after general elections, there are reports circulating in print and electronic media with respect to a possible Minimum Asset Tax model to…

The Slumlords’ Peace

The slumlords’ peace

We Palestinians thought we had it bad the past 25 years since the signing of the Oslo Accords under the reign of American and Israeli technocrats and “security experts”. And…

The Fight For Food

The fight for food

Over eight decades ago, the Dust Bowl devastated over 100,000,000 acres of agricultural land and the Great Depression threw 15 million Americans out of work. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt instituted…

Dam Politics

Dam politics

There is no supra-constitutional centre of power in any democratic system. The pillars of the state derive their powers and roles from the constitution of Pakistan. Perhaps, we need to…