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Charter of economy

In 2018, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, the-then Leader of the Opposition, proposed an ingenious idea-: a 'Charter of Economy’. In June 2022, PM Shehbaz Sharif, in a pre-budget business conference,…

Seventy-five years of Pakistan’s economy

A large majority of Pakistan’s population was born after the country got its independence. The median age today is 23 years and the youth have only experienced economic difficulties and…

Depoliticizing the economy

Extraordinary situations warrant extraordinary actions. Sometimes opening borders with hostile neighbours for trade and humanitarian assistance becomes essential. The recent catastrophic floods in Pakistan have made such decisions imperative. The…

India’s economy at 75 : Part – II

India’s success factors may be many but three salient features need emphasis. First, Indian entrepreneurs are dynamic, vibrant and innovative. They even used the socialist economy regime of control and…

Beyond the charter of economy

The Charter of Economy is perceived as a minimum agenda to be agreed to by political parties, despite different ideologies. The thought process is that such a charter can somehow…

Shocks and Pakistan’s economy

‘We are living in a time of overlapping emergencies: the pandemic is not over, climate change is a reality, and geopolitical stability has reached a nadir. This requires us to…

Economy: no light at the end of the tunnel

In my personal view a primary problem with regard to Pakistan’s economy is that there is a lack of complete and correct understanding of the facts on the ground. Late…

Absurd political economy

Imran Khan is fond of reminding anyone who will listen that politics had nothing to offer him, and that he “came into politics” for completely benevolent reasons. In doing so,…

IMF, floods & economy

“Pakistan’s economy has been buffeted by adverse external conditions, due to spillovers from the war in Ukraine, and domestic challenges, including from accommodative policies that resulted in uneven and unbalanced…

India’s economy at 75: Part – I

India was considered by its colonial rulers as the brightest jewel in the British crown as it was relatively well-endowed in terms of natural and human resources, physical infrastructure, and…