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Wrong Again

Wrong again

Imran Khan got it wrong again – for the umpteenth time. The PTI manifesto unveiled recently proposes to pull Pakistan out of the US’ war and everyone lives happily ever…

Debt And Fiscal Policy Statements 2012-13

Debt and fiscal policy statements 2012-13

Two important documents, namely, Fiscal Policy Statement and Debt Policy Statement for 2012-13, released on 4th February 2013 by the Debt Policy Co-ordination Office of Ministry of Finance, while expressing…

The Grand Opposition

The grand opposition

Are we done congratulating ourselves over a democratically elected government having completed its term despite doomsday predictions all along? Let’s acknowledge that the continuity-of-democratic-process-as-solution-to-all-problems argument is already pushing its luck…

What Is On Offer On The Economic Front?

What is on offer on the economic front?

The manifestoes of the two major parties namely the PML (N) and the PPP have been released amidst much fanfare. One question uppermost in the minds of analysts is: given…

What’s In Store?

What’s in store?

It is too early to say that manifesto politics has started gaining traction in Pakistan. But if politics based on manifestos is to gain footing in the country, then analysing…

The Care That Needs Taking

The care that needs taking

Caretaker government is a funny name. Caretaker. A government ostensibly charged to care for the nation betwixt the time that one has completed its term and another is elected? Caretaker.…

Verbose Failure

Verbose failure

Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, the fourth finance minister of the present regime, resigned from his post on February 19. He remained the finance minister for almost three years and presented…

The Care They Can Take

The care they can take

The constitution is silent on the precise role of the caretaker government. There is a general agreement that the caretaker setup should not take any action that favors one political…

No Guilt Or Shame

No guilt or shame

High and rising debt constitutes a serious threat to economic prosperity for a number of reasons. It acts as a major impediment to growth and hence to employment creation and…