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Taxation power and democracy

In the wake of an apparent economic crisis, caused by multiple reasons, particularly a killing self-inflicted political instability, myopic economic policies of last seven decades, unthoughtful actions and measures taken…

Economic fallout

What ails Pakistan’s economy? It won’t be an exaggeration to say that this question requires a doctoral-level thesis even to summarise the argument. Economic experts have varying views on it,…

Export slide: causes and implications – I

Multiple changes have been observed at the political and economic stages of Pakistan during the last four years. This period can be considered a surprising regime in the history of…

Dealing with ‘debtocracy’

Total debt servicing increased by around 57 percent during FY 2018-19 compared with last fiscal year which was driven by higher domestic interest payments (on account of rise in domestic…

Budget Speech 2020-21

Mr. Speaker, 1. I start my submissions with the name of Allah Almighty, the most gracious, the most merciful. It is a matter of great honour and pleasure for me…

Budget speech 2021-22

The full text of budget speech of Minister for Finance and Revenue Shaukat Tarin that he delivered in the National Assembly on Friday, June 11, 2021 Bismillahir-Rehmanir-Rahim Mr. Speaker, 1.…

The enlightened coup

This month marked 21 years since General Musharraf toppled the heavily-mandated Muslim League government led by an increasingly assertive and aspiring Ameer ul Momineen in Nawaz Sharif. In a script…

Overcoming debt burden

The newly-elected Prime Minister, Imran Khan, after taking the oath of office, in his maiden address to the nation on August 19, 2018, very rightly observed that the most dreadful…