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Who Stands Where

Who stands where

This time last year, drone attacks, suspended Nato supplies, trade with India and, above all, relations with the US were issues that were causing political temperatures in the country to…

The Postists

The postists

In the wake of the events of 1989, we were invited to – in Eduardo Galeano’s words – “the world burial of socialism”. The fact that in Nepal, in 1994,…

Tax Reform Proposals

Tax reform proposals

Pakistan has one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios even amongst the bottom ranked developing nations. The following statistics are indicative of the unexploited potential for additional revenue generation. Whereas there…

PTI Settles Ideologically

PTI settles ideologically

Right-wing is used for being conservative and pro-rich in economic policy making as well as being conservative and pro-religion in social policy making. The ‘confused conservatism’, which was taken for…

The Office Of Denial

The office of denial

There is a difference between a good and a bad finance minister: the former keeps his nation informed about the true state of the economy and prepares public opinion for…

Murder Of A Tamil Child

Murder of a Tamil child

India has failed to fashion a coherent, balanced and self-confident response to its turbulent neighbourhood. Leave aside Pakistan, India’s policy towards Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar and Nepal looks confused,…

WT O`s New Challenge

WT O`s new challenge

The Doha round of trade talks has long dominated the agenda of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). An urgent priority for the organisation`s 157 members, however, is to appoint a…

The Hidden Economy

The hidden economy

Going by the numbers alone, it would appear that no significant economic activity takes place west of the Indus. Look at the provincial GDP numbers, the revenue figures and you…

Not A Perfect World

Not a perfect world

TheIran-Pakistan pipeline is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Islamabad and Tehran have signed an agreement to press ahead with the project and Tadbir Energy has offered…

Conflict Economics

Conflict economics

A paranoid style of thinking is entrenching itself in our country, and a bizarre reading of our economic challenges and destiny lies at the root of it. Over the last…