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IMF Mission In Town

IMF mission in town

At the request of the government, an IMF mission is visiting Pakistan to initiate discussion for a three-year bailout programme. As reported in the press, during their two-week stay in…

Pakistan Outlook 2013 – I

Pakistan outlook 2013 – I

Internal factors are surely influenced by combination of political and domestic challenges that have led to a low GDP growth now hovering around 3 percent, with bank lending to private sector…

Mapping The Establishment

Mapping the establishment

As the battle rages between the political government and its rival, popularly known as the establishment, the public silently awaits the final result. For some, the civilian government has already…

Private Sector’s Role In Energy

Private sector’s role in energy

The energy crisis, now into its sixth year, continues to intensify. The ultimate responsibility for the energy crisis rests with the policymaking circles because they are in the driving seat.…

The crushing weight of corruption

If corruption were to be defined as any benefits which fall free to a nation or its population then the extreme position is corruption by inheritance. The only redeeming factor…

Judicial Reform

Judicial reform

A conference on the implementation of the National Judicial Policy 2009 announced by the National Judicial Policymaking Committee is underway at the Supreme Court this weekend. The idea is to…

Corporate power

Economic inequalities within countries have increased significantly in most states that have seen decent growth over the last few decades. But this is usually seen by policymakers as an unavoidable…

No fear of accountability

The Victorian chimney sweep in Britain, the first industrial nation, was once an even bigger symbol of inhumanity than the bonded child labourer and sex-trafficked women of Pakistan and India…

The Global Fallout

The global fallout

In downgrading the US sovereign credit rating, Standard and Poors gave the following reason: “The political brinkmanship of recent months highlights what we see as America’s governance and policymaking becoming…

Patterns of response

Counting a few major attacks claimed by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) during the last three months in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata delineate three clear tactical patterns. (It must be noted…