Government claims on the economy do not hold up to scrutiny.
A lack of self-respect is holding back the economy’s development.
The political economy favours contracting new debt.
The government’s economic management is divorced and desultory.
Reports of China’s economic demise are greatly exaggerated.
The ‘strong rupee’ policy has added to the woes of exporters.
Pakistan is not as dysfunctional and dystopian as it is made out to be.
The state has to restore its moral authority to tax by taxing its elite constituents.
The efficient management of resources is strangely alien to Pakistan’s policymakers.
Greece got itself into a mess by not taxing sufficiently its richest elites.
What we have been witnessing here is a level of corruption once equated with the worst African despots.
One of the main purposes of having shadow budgets is to present an alternate set of proposals.
Recent national budgets have failed to convey recognition of Pakistan’s most pressing economic problems.
The NFC should focus more on outcomes than resource transfers alone.
An important consideration in planning the economic corridor should be the effect on Pakistan’s exports.
It is surprising that even informed observers appear to know little of the PRI’s working.
Overall business sentiment remains weak two years into the PML-N government’s tenure.
There is a near consensus that Pakistan will require another Fund loan within the next three to four years.
The issue is not Pakistan’s potential but how much of it has been actualised by different governments.
The discourse in Greece regarding reform, fiscal austerity and economic growth is not dissimilar to Pakistan.