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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 treasures of churches were confiscated and Carucage, a crushing land tax,…

Blowing in the wind

Over the top At the recent Dubai Airshow, the only thing a Pakistani delegation might have recognised is the sandstorm that hit the event – not that there would have been any purpose in sending such a delegation in the first place. Others…

Privatising PIA – Agha Waqar Javed

The government has frequently highlighted the excessive financial haemorrhaging of the exchequer at the hands of various public-sector enterprises (PSEs) to the tune of about Rs500 billion per annum. Of this PIA alone is responsible for the…

Hot Air

It is now fairly well known around the world that if any huge object were to be put into outer space with the help of Hot Air, Pakistan is the country that has the potential to do it. Scientists and deep space researchers have even gone as…

88 Days

State-owned enterprises (SOEs) will make or break the PML-N’s economic agenda. On June 5, Nawaz Sharif took oath of the prime ministerial office. That’s a total of 88 days. SOEs cannot be turned around in 88 days. At this stage, we could do…

Party Time Again?…Memo From The US

Out with the old-three life-size portraits hanging centrepiece on the wall of the presidency with the president surrounded by his slain wife and late father-in-law; in with the new – a modest-size portrait of the Father of the Nation. Yes,…

Memo From The US…Wasting A Crisis

The Nawaz government had a rare opportunity to fix the financial crisis bedevilling state-owned entities (SOEs). Did he not promise to appoint people of merit to head these SOEs? With each passing day, the chances of the prime minister…

Death Rules Life In Karachi

It was a day trip to Karachi to attend a memorial reference and a poetry reading in the honour of Parveen Rehman, the director of the Orangi Pilot Project, who was murdered on March 13 this year. For those less than 24 hours I spent in the…