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Privatisation Or Predation?Mir Adnan Aziz

King Richard (aka the Lionheart) once declared, “I would have sold London if I could find a buyer”. London was spared; instead bishoprics were sold, gold and silver...

Wrong Taxation Approach – Shahid Kardar

THE system of taxing company incomes that uses net profit as the basis for determining tax liability reduces the incentive to save, and encourages expenditure. The tax...

Reframing Our Goals – Sakib Sherani

MANY maybe most of our economic goals and targets are fuzzy and ambiguous. In the case of some critical objectives we should be striving towards, the goal is not even...

The Human capital Debacle – Dr Ashfaque H Khan

The Population Association of Pakistan, in collaboration with the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), organised a two-day conference with the theme,...

Bashing the IMF

I HAVE never seen an IMF programme take such a relentless beating before. At least not in Pakistan. The Fund has had its fair share of critics in the past, but this time...

The Forex challenge

Pakistan suffers from two structural deficits of the budget and the current account of the balance of payments. The budget deficit is being financed heavily by the...

Dr Ashfaque H Khan

Faulty designs

Many, including this writer, have been highlighting the weaknesses of the current IMF programme for Pakistan. We are of the view that this programme was put in place in...

An Economy Taken Hostage

An IMF mission is reported to have arrived in Islamabad to evaluate the performance of the government in relation to the quantitative targets and benchmarks for the end...

Ominous Trends

The external balance of payments position of Pakistan has deteriorated sharply in the first quarter of 2013-14, as per the recently released SBP figures. The overall...

A Fine Balance

‘Stabilisation-first’ versus growth-stabilisation balance has been under debate ever since the approval of the new IMF programme for Pakistan. Many, this writer...

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