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Endless Self-praise

Endless self-praise

Two qualities that distinguish Pakistan's Finance Minister are his optimism about the future based on his over-optimistic predictions, and the stunning confidence with which he offers his version of 'ground…

Pakistan’s Economy Lands In Deflation

Pakistan’s economy lands in deflation

Believe it or not, seven/eight years of continued economic mismanagement and bad economic policies have thrown Pakistan's economy in deflation. Deflation, as opposed to inflation, is defined as the persistent…

Approaching Or Landed In Deflation?

Approaching or landed in deflation?

I wrote an article in this newspaper on February 17, 2015, stating clearly that Pakistan's economy is heading towards deflation. Some economists thought that it was too early to pass…

Corruption Ranking

Corruption ranking

Last week Pakistan rejoiced at its ranking in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2014 improved by a notch with a score of 29 out of 100 in a scale from…

The Politics Of Statistics: Inflation

The politics of statistics: inflation

There is considerable criticism levelled against finance minister Ishaq Dar's data manipulation, particularly inflation the most closely watched statistic in any country, with the objective of showing a picture rosier…

Towards An Economic Turnaround?

Towards an economic turnaround?

Is the economic turnaround round the corner? Well, the go-ahead given by the International Monetary Fund executive board to the release of $501.4 million to Pakistan, as part of a…

Why We Need Public Intellectuals

Why we need public intellectuals

When Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani said of the Indian media during the Emergency that “when asked to bend, they crawled”, he received widespread praise from the intelligentsia and…

Colour Of The Mice To Catch

Colour of the mice to catch

Josh Malihabadi was houseguest for a few days at S.M. Mehdi’s modest second-floor flat in Karol Bagh in Delhi. A few comrades assembled there one evening to hear Josh Sahib’s…

Exorcising The Budget

Exorcising the budget

The yearly Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) compiled by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked Pakistan 129th out of 144 countries in 2014-15, this compares with 133rd out of 148…

Women & War

Women & war

IN September 1995, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted, in which the international community reaffirmed its commitment to equal rights and the inherent human dignity of women.…