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Counting the ways to borrow

Pakistan’s policy thrust today to get out of the ongoing very serious economic/financial imbroglio is, heads: seek more loans at the least possible cost; tails: seek more loans at the…

Time for decisive action

Never before in recent decades has Pakistan been in such a state of crisis. Our economy, politics and society are in disarray. About the economy, the question being asked is:…

Portrait of a different generation

 I was recently talking to a faculty member, a fellow Gen-Xer, at a major UK university and he shared an observation he made at the start of the new academic…

Mr Dar and the Triple-C challenge

The ‘Triple-C’ crisis (Covid-19, conflict, and climate change) is giving sleepless nights to finance ministers worldwide. Let me explain why: Take Covid-19 first; the global economy shrank by around 4.3…

Whose revolt is it anyway?

The past two months – starting with discussions about the no-confidence motion, its passage and the PDM government taking over eventually – have been truly unstable times for Pakistan. This…

Roadmap to economic recovery [Part – III]

The first two parts in this series discussed why we keep falling into crisis situations, and the need for the economy to grow. Low public and private investment are behind…

Budget with a sanity deficit

At a time when Pakistan is going through some of the worst economic challenges in its chequered history, the federal government has come up with a budget that speaks volumes…

The state of IT education

The Information Technology (IT) and IT Enabled Services (ITES) sector has been among the fastest growing in Pakistan’s economy. IT exports for 2021-22 are expected to clock in at around…

Economy: bleak scenario

Our current grim economic situation is a result of multiple factors—undoubtedly some decisions/inactions by the previous coalition government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have played a negative part. It is a…