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Economic narrative

Acknowledge the suffering! Tough economic measures are back. Ability and capacity of the public to withstand another crisis is diminishing. Purchasing power, which had already eroded in the aftermath of…

The economic scorecard

The present government has completed three years in power. This is good enough time to pass judgement whether it has done well or if it has failed to meet the…

Internet and economic growth

IN 2017, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg published a manifesto about the future, where he argued that connecting everyone to the internet is necessary for building an informed community. His thoughts…

Team failure?

Asad Umar blamed the PML-N. Asad Umar lasted eight months. Hafeez Shaikh blamed Asad Umar. Hafeez Shaikh lasted 23 months. Now Shaukat Tareen is blaming Hafeez Shaikh. In January, PM…

Economic diplomacy

AFTER China opened up a vast landscape of economic cooperation with Pakistan, global political influences seem to be overshadowing the country’s attempted transition towards a new framework of economic diplomacy.…

Economic imperatives

The new government is in place both at the Federal level and in the Provinces. Despite allegations of vote rigging, the transition has been peaceful and orderly. A general commitment…

Foreign policy and economic challenges

Foreign relations and the state of the economy have become inextricably linked in Pakistan due to the PML-N administration's overarching objective to borrow from external sources to meet its budgetary…

Aggravating economic challenges

For a moment, a glimmer of hope animated, when the caretaker Finance Minister reportedly asked Ministry officials to open a dialogue with the IMF. However, it was firmly put down…

Over-correction is bad economics

The day the Khan administration took over the reins of government on 20 August 2018 the budget deficit was under 6 percent of Gross Domestic Product (not at a danger…

Revisiting macro-economic policy

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), in its recent First Quarterly Report 2019-20, has stated that the policy mix adopted so far, “appears adequate to address the macroeconomic imbalances and…