111 510 510 libonline@riphah.edu.pk Contact

A political obituary

It is widely believed that the Sharif brothers were a creation of the establishment, brought into politics to counter the Pakistan People’s Party in Punjab. The Sharifs received much patronage…

Pakistani finance ministers!

Pakistan’s economy has reached an impasse yet again and perhaps this played as much of a role in de-seating Imran Khan as did the usual suspects — both within and…

The political battlefield

Last week, crucial economic and political decisions took place in London. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) within the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was getting cold feet. The party leadership probably had…

Political lobotomy

THOSE whom the gods wish to punish, they first make cricketers and then prime ministers. Both Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan have played cricket and politics. They have won and…

Finance Act 2020

The existing system imposes high taxes but yields low revenues. Only 2000 companies pay 75% of total taxes. The standard sales tax rate is 17% but effective rate, according to…

The ills of microfinance

The conventional wisdom of according an unquestionable role to microfinance in poverty alleviation has recently been challenged partly because there is no strong empirical evidence to establish this simplistic claim.…

The change at the finance ministry

Finally, the admission – an acceptance that the economy is in a mess. This acceptance is coming from no ordinary person. And surely not from any opposition leader.  Shaukat Tareen,…