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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…

Budget 2013-14: No Will To Tax The Rich

Budget 2013-14: No will to tax the rich

By just tinkering with tax rates here and there and imposing or enhancing regressive taxes - fixing revenue collection target at Rs 2598 billion for fiscal year 2013-14 - the…

Elections And The Economy

Elections and the economy

The people of Pakistan have made known their will through the ballot on May 11, 2013. The PML-N has emerged as the clear winner and will be able to form…

Elections: The Uncertainties

Elections: the Uncertainties

The incumbent regime is busy doing what it thinks will endear it to the voters; it displays no worries over its re-election prospects because, despite loud claims about empowerment of…

Who Can Contest Elections?

Who can contest elections?

Article 63 (1) (n) and (o) of Pakistan's constitution specifically state that a person stands disqualified from standing for elections if he is a loan defaulter or a defaulter of…

Agenda For The Nation 2013 And Beyond-II

Agenda for the nation 2013 and beyond-II

What is the real nature and extent of the domestic crisis? Let me try to highlight some of its major dimensions. First and foremost, it is a 'crisis of legitimacy'.…

Violent Elections

Violent elections

Will the upcoming elections be violent? Can a substantial surge in incidents of violence and terrorism cause a delay? These and similar questions are in many minds these days. There…

2008 Versus 2013

2008 versus 2013

In my article, ‘The worst is still to come’, published on January 1, I had written that “under the most likely business-as-usual scenario, Pakistan’s economic downturn is likely to gain…

Beyond Elections

Beyond elections

Looking beyond the coming elections, Pakistan’s future looks bleak. There is little question that elections 2013 will prove more divisive and chaotic than anything we have seen before. Mere transfer…