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IMF, Constitution & tax codes

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday urged Pakistan to follow the Constitution in order to resolve its political disputes, as Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif contacted Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva…

Towards industrial policy 2.0: Part – IV

The end purpose of an industrial policy for Pakistan should be to achieve competitiveness through higher productivity which brings greater profits for entrepreneurs, higher wages and better working conditions for…

Judicial reforms: Now or never (Part-I)

The constitution is the body of doctrines and practices that form the fundamental organizing principles of a political state. The general idea of a constitution originated with the Greeks and…

Governance for local governments: Part – I

This article is divided into three parts. The first part deals with ‘why local government?’ The second with experiences during the 2001-2009 period and finally in the third part it…

IMF programme & reforms

Pakistan, one of the major victims of climate change, is fighting alone to manage the damages caused due to catastrophic flooding and unprecedented rains that have affected almost one-third of…

Wafaqi Mohtasib’s institution

The sanctity and inviolability of human rights is the essential feature of the concept of ombudsmanship and the means to achieving the ultimate goal of good governance. Maladministration and bad…

Recalibrating governance – Part II

The frequent takeovers by military regimes and the consequential screening of hundreds of civil servants led to the subservience of the civil service to military rulers, erosion of the authority…

Recalibrating governance: Part – I

An economy is driven by the contributions and interactions of state, society and markets. Before we take up the agenda for recalibrating governance and institutions intermediating and administering governance and…

That sinking feeling

Pakistan’s economy is currently like the cartoon character that finds itself suspended in midair after falling off a cliff with its arms and legs flailing. And like in the comic…

IT export sector – II

This problem is with how Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the taxation authority of Pakistan, deals with tax payers. FBR is notorious for harassing taxpayers through frivolous and often incorrect…