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Stay orders: a termite in justice system?

The federal minister for information and broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry while addressing a press conference this week claimed that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) could not recover Rs 3000 billion…

‘Naya Pakistan’

Over the last three years Pakistan has changed, but perhaps not in the way we had hoped or expected. The change that has affected us the most has been the…

Pakistan at a crossroads — II

Pakistan witnessed the worst shortage of sugar and wheat. Their prices went up to historic high rates. In terms of transparency ranking, the people of Pakistan witnessed a decline with…

Buying your path to freedom

“I can’t believe they can get away with this. I’m toast, right? They’re going to drag me into this prison’s courtyard and stone me to death, aren’t they?,” said Raymond…

Time to prepare a plan ‘B’

Let us not take the latest aid cut threat emanating from the US lightly by dismissing it as having been motivated by "baseless concerns" of President Trump. Indeed, we would…

The right incentives

 Nowadays, sitting down to write a column, the beginning inevitably is a prayer that by the time it gets published we have won the Virus Wars; a developing country like…

Need for new income tax law — II

The administration of a tax system is highly complex. No doubt, a proper bureaucratic input is vital for making the system successful, but it is equally necessary to take all…

Budget Speech 2020-21

Mr. Speaker, 1. I start my submissions with the name of Allah Almighty, the most gracious, the most merciful. It is a matter of great honour and pleasure for me…

Pandemic and inflation

Aggregate demand must be curtailed to contain the rate of inflation, a theory fully supported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its Extended Fund Facility (EFF) programme design, and…

Of reneging deals and penalties

Reneging on bilateral treaties and/or on signed contracts by Pakistan (as opposed to a memorandum of understanding which is not legally binding) has opened the doors to litigation in several…