UNTIL around sometime in 2007, the question ‘which is the strongest institution in Pakistan?’ was always met...
OF COURSE, this is an absurd question. How on earth could the Taj Mahal ‘be Pakistani’ and claim a nationality...
There is an urgent need for the government to rethink its steam-rolling project of privatisation.
THERE is little disagreement on the suggestion that Pakistan needs many more provinces than the existing four (five,...
ECONOMISTS know about what they call ‘market failure’ as well as ‘government failure’ in a situation where...
SOON after the 1998 census results were made public, Reza Ali, an urban planner and researcher from Lahore, wrote a...
AN argument doing the rounds suggests that a ‘right-wing wave’ has swept Pakistan’s recent general elections....
IN a rare moment of bold, honest, reflection, on Dec 24, members of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance, which included at least one prominent PPP member, demanded the resignation of
AT the recently concluded 28th annual general meeting and conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists, organised by what is now the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)
KARACHI is the most developed economic and social administrative entity (district/ division) in Pakistan. In almost every single category of economic and social indicators, it tops the list of Pakistan’s districts. Although
VISAS, peace accords, even trade treaties between India and Pakistan pale into insignificance without the icing on the cake, a visit by Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, to meet the President of Pakistan,
THE more one talks to Pakistan’s educated elite, the more one realises just how uneducated it is about many things, especially Pakistan’s economy. This is partly not their fault, for many economists are equally
SOME economists have shown empirically, that land reforms in rural areas, may not lead to economic growth, and hence have argued that such reforms are not worth pursuing.
THERE has never been any doubt, that for more than 50 years, from the mid-1950s to almost exactly the end of 2007, the single-most powerful and dominating institution in Pakistan’s body politic has been the
EVERY government is a political government, even a military dictatorship, a fact which most analysts and commentators forget.
BEFORE the budget of the next financial year is announced within the next few weeks, the Ministry of Finance is, as every year, expected to reveal its Economic Survey for the on-going fiscal year 2011-12.
ELITES are taxing in any context and in any environment. In Pakistan, however, their behaviour makes matters doubly worse.
IT seems impossible to imagine a society, even such as ours, without intellectuals. They have existed from time immemorial, in every society, at different layers of the social strata interacting with, and frequently changing, the course of history, and of
UNDOUBTEDLY, the biggest success of the present government as it celebrates four years in power is precisely that: it is actually in a position to celebrate having completed four years in power.
THE prime minister of Pakistan has asked his economic team, to prepare next year’s budget and to focus on “job creation for youth, provision of basic services like health, education, clean drinking water and civic