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Can opener

ADMITTEDLY, a can opener may not be a priority for Pakistan; the said instrument is only used as an example to illustrate — pursuant to the joke wherein an economist…

The CSS Syllabus: A Blueprint For Change

The CSS syllabus: a blueprint for change

The Central Superior Services (CSS) examination continues to remain one of the most prestigious, and indeed, one of the most daunting examinations in Pakistan. In reality, however, despite the substantial…

Science of things

Apparently, according to the laws of physics, inventing a time machine is impossible because it violates something called a casualty law; there goes my plans of making a fortune vis-à-vis…

Rates – the ultimate balance

In a recent earlier article, it was hypothesised that for a vast majority of sensible people on the planet, monetary policy is perhaps a proverbial black hole; accordingly to say…

Non-development And Discretion

Non-development and discretion

The most welcome decision emerging from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s first cabinet meeting was to put an end to discretionary fund allocations, which had institutionalised waste and corruption in the…

The Post-West Order

The post-West order

During the recent G7 summit, the president of the European Council – a subsidiary of the EU – sent out the warning that Donald Trump’s trade and diplomatic initiatives may…

Socio-economic challenges

The PTI has promised to achieve within the first 100 days of its rule a number of crucially important goals. That is, if it were to win the forthcoming elections…

Economic Reforms: Part – XVII

Economic reforms: Part – XVII

At the outset, let’s consider some basic facts about the state of public finances in the 1980s and the challenges that the country faced during this period. The average expenditure…

Between You And Me

Between you and me

“Just between you and me,” wrote Lawrence Summers, the then chief economist of the World Bank, in an internal memorandum that got leaked in 1991, “shouldn’t the World Bank be…

A Considerate Foreign Policy

A considerate foreign policy

The US president’s latest ‘lies and deceit’ tweet has quite expectedly become the foremost topic of discussion among Pakistanis. As is apparent from the highly undiplomatic wording of the message,…