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MPS: Overt Reluctance?

MPS: overt reluctance?

The State Bank of Pakistan's decision to cut policy rate by 50 basis points to 9.5 percent appears to be in line with what BR Research was expecting - a…

An Avoidable Collapse

An avoidable collapse

After Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry's departure from the Supreme Court (SC), we haven't seen the SC initiating any suo motu actions. While at times Justice Chaudhry's suo motu actions were…

Zardari Vs The Sharifs

Zardari vs the Sharifs

The general public is increasingly being inconvenienced, which to many is a mild word compared to the actual state of affairs, as a direct offshoot of poor performance of nearly…

The Fourth Review

The fourth review

The mandated fourth quarterly review under the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF) will be cobbled with the fifth review as per the IMF website. The reason: delay…

Hiatus With IMF

Hiatus with IMF

The news has come from Washington that the IMF has declined the request by our Finance Minister for release of the quarterly installment following the fourth review. Instead, it is…

LNG Imports

LNG imports

The petroleum minister has described as a game changer an initiative to import Liquefied Natural Gas to fuel cars with CNG. Under the proposal the CNG pump operators can set…

Finance Act 2014 Apathy Continues

Finance Act 2014 Apathy continues

The adoption of Finance Bill 2014 on June 21, 2014 using the crude tool of majoritarianism, ignoring sound tax policy needs, once again confirmed disrespect of the rulers for a…

Energy Sector Taxes

Energy sector taxes

Dedicated funds are a means to collect money for a specific purpose employed by governments and on occasion by the private sector. The government, however, is required to enact legislation…

Missing A Life-time Opportunity

Missing a life-time opportunity

A recent worrying development has been the sacking of bureaucrats heading institutions like NADRA and PEMRA, suspension of the Accountant General of Pakistan, and attempts to obstruct the screening authority…