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Huzaima Bukhari and Dr Ikram ul Haq

Hurting The Poor

Budget 2013-14, unveiled by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday evening, confirms one thing – there is no political will to tax the rich in Pakistan. The budget portrays a routine and ritualistic annual exercise that offers no…

The End Of A Misrule

At the end of full five years of civilian democratic rule, the country is in the grip of despair and disillusionment – the endless killing of innocent people and the economic collapse are posing serious threats to the survival of the state.…

Taxing Secrecy

Tax declarations of holders of public office - in fact all taxpayers - do not enjoy 'confidentiality' and 'secrecy'. Declarations have to be provided by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) as and when required by the Election Commission, the…

Are We Now Strangers?

The great poet, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, on his return from a visit to Dhaka in the wake of dismemberment of Pakistan composed ‘Dhaka say wapsi par’ (On returning from Dhaka) depicting the agony and pain of the separation between the two wings of…

It Was A War For Oil, After All

The 9/11 decade symbolises a perpetual state of turmoil. Since Sept 11, 2001, terrorists, warlords, drug barons, and in particular the oil industry tycoons have been pushing the world towards chaos. They are supporting fundamentalists to…