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Hollow promises?

Ahead of Pakistan’s elections next Thursday, the two main political rivals – the PPP and the PML-N – will have closed their campaigns offering hollow promises with little substance. Offering…

Year of living on the edge

TRENDS in the outgoing year do not indicate an optimistic outlook for Pakistan’s politics and economy in 2022, when general elections will only be a year away. The political temperature…

Inflation and devaluation

IN December 2023, consumer prices were 29.7 per cent higher compared to December a year earlier. Worse still, every month for more than a year our year-on-year inflation number has been above…

Social breakdown

DUE to a variety of factors, inflation is rampant, and many economists do not see any relief in sight. There is a need to understand more about the impact of…

Lazy manifestos

Pakistan is stuck in a low-growth trap. Structural inefficiencies accumulated over the last many years have led to a scenario where the country can barely achieve economic growth in excess…

Hopium – II

Energy pricing fortnightly (fuel, LPG and LNG), monthly (power) and 6 monthly (gas) needs an approach that smoothens the impact and reduces the risk without causing political despair every fortnight,…

IMF projections

The good news is that the IMF Executive Board has completed the First Review of the Stand-By Arrangement for Pakistan and authorized the immediate disbursement of $700 million. The press…

AI-powered learning

The time has come to revolutionize our education system by replacing traditional school, college, university and Ph.D. programs with a more modern, skill-focused approach driven by artificial intelligence, virtual technology,…

Politics in the digital age

The 10-point manifesto of the PPP is deeply disappointing and outdated in light of the social, economic, scientific, technological, and intellectual advancements of the 21st century. It primarily focuses on…

Where is our middle class?

The middle class has almost been wiped out in countries like Pakistan owing to multiple reasons ranging from lack of job opportunities in inflation-ridden economies to ever-increasing price hikes and…