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Factory Inspections – III

Factory inspections – III

During the last two decades or so, there has been a breakthrough from the traditional form of industry in Pakistan. The development of metallurgical industry, heavy engineering industries, chemical process…

The Investor’s Exchange

The investor’s exchange

A somewhat underplayed, but certainly significant corollary of last week’s political turmoil was its impact on the Pakistani stock market. On Jan 15, as stocks plummeted more than 500 points,…

The Real Threat To Democracy

The real threat to democracy

It is time to celebrate. The current democratic order, which appeared to be wobbling and on the brink in the wake of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march and four-day protest…

Of Kings And Pawns

Of kings and pawns

What do those who have choreographed the ridiculous events unfolding in Islamabad really want? Here’s my take. To unlock the mercurial intentions that lie behind the thinly veiled theatre of…

Revolution: Islamabad Style

Revolution: Islamabad style

Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital for half a century, was conceived as a peaceful retreat, away from the heat and dust of this country and the humdrum of its people. For a…

The Fulminations Of Tahirul Qadri

The fulminations of Tahirul Qadri

The politicians of Pakistan are incapable of saying anything without indulging in coloured phrases of rhetorical exaggeration. The pathetic grandiloquence of their speeches is invariably laced with barbs against their…

Tax Delinquents

Tax delinquents

A resident of Alberta, Canada, has posed a question through email that deserves a detailed and satisfactory reply. The statement quoted in this mail, though based on misunderstanding, reflects sadly…

Beyond Reform?

Beyond reform?

Since the start of World Bank funded Tax Administration Reforms Programme (TARP), FBR has been making tall claims about its automation efforts. All the chairmen of FBR, who headed the…

The State Bank Blinks

The State Bank blinks

I dont like people who say “I told you so.” Finger-wagging, hindsight nannies I like to call them. I find them just as annoying as anybody else does. Which is…

Questionable Role Of KSE Chairman

Questionable role of KSE chairman

The Board of Directors of Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) has recently approved the product of "Margin Trading System" (MTS) and sent it to Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP)…