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Feeding the hungry

On Tuesday July 12, as the horrors of war in Ukraine ground on, chewing up soldiers and civilians alike in its indifferent maw, the January 6 Committee held yet another…

Desperate Pakistanis

I began writing this week’s column a few weeks ago, and the topic was desperation. I will get to the original subject matter, but there is a more urgent desperation…

Beyond Boris

THE wide-ranging inadequacies of what is known as Western-style democracy may stre­tch back to its inception, but what has been particularly disturbing of late is a tendency to elect (or…

Consumption, culture, change

READERS beware. This title could be misleading, but our changing CPI (consumer price index) basket, besides tracking inflation, says a lot about our culture. Our current CPI basket is based…

Textile sector: removing structural inefficiencies

The textile sector continues to steer Pakistan’s economy through difficult conditions, consistently outperforming other sectors and adding value. Textile and garment exports increased by 23 percent year on year to…

FY23: The budget

Friday 10 June the budget for 2022-23 is scheduled to be laid before parliament by the unelected though a PML-N stalwart finance minister, Miftah Ismail, who will have the honour…

Myth and reality

The oil sector in Pakistan is benefiting from the increase in consumption of petroleum products that is being driven by economic growth. The petroleum companies can grow at a healthy…