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Space for the public

Public participation is the practice of active engagement of citizens in formulating policies that are associated with their welfare. It influences decisions and ensures greater transparency and accountability. In participatory…

Online issues

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan announced makeshift online university classes. The HEC should have prepared the framework before starting such an exercise. Considering the importance…

Public power is sacred trust

All public power is a sacred trust, which is to be exercised fairly, justly, honestly and in accordance with law-Supreme Court in Workers' Party Pakistan & Others v Federation of…

Public service reforms — III

In order to allow for the transition to a unified single public service, those who are currently working as civil servants will be automatically admitted into the fast stream. The…

Will health tax undermine public health?

Ever since the PTI government took charge, severe reservations have been raised on their pre-election rhetoric of broadening the tax base rather than further taxing the current taxpayers however, post-elections…

Rethink public accountability

Last week, at a conference on innovative finance, Planning Minister Asad Umar commented on a question on risks associated with public private partnership (PPP) projects that when bad decisions are…

IMF programme design and public

The uploading of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff report on its website this week past highlights two major thrusts of the thirty nine-month Extended Fund Facility (EFF) that are…

Serious issues in current programme with IMF

Falling among a select list of countries, Pakistan has been a prolonged or frequent user of International Monetary Fund (IMF) resources. Research has indicated that such countries form a strong…