26 July, 2014 / Ramazan 27, 1435

Khurram Husain

Eid thoughts

Technology today plays such a large role in the lives of the next generation that it’s almost scary.

State Bank smiling

The truth behind the growth rate figure of 4.1pc is a lot less shiny than the State Bank report makes it out to be.

Reading the IMF

IT begins innocuously enough: “[t]he economy is showing signs of improvement”. Programme performance was...

Technocratic rule

TURMOIL in the democratic space has breathed new life into an old question: do technocrats do a better job of ...

Informal trap

A GROWING proportion of economic activities in Pakistan are now taking place in what is called the informal sector.

Taxing language

FOR the record: Tahirul Qadri came on TV on Tuesday night and angrily declared that the cases the government is...

No, it wasn’t the Indians

THERE’s no better way to say this so here goes: the terror attacks on Karachi airport were not the handiwork of...

Budget thoughts

IN his budget speech, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar referred to a stable exchange rate as one of his government’s...

Sunset in America

THIS week it is time to bid farewell to Washington D.C. as my fellowship draws to a close, and I look forward to...

Defending deficits

NOW don’t get me wrong. It’s not my job to take away the punch bowl just as the party gets going, if you’ll...

Mixed messages

ANOTHER week of mixed messages on the economy has just passed. The week began with an announcement from the IMF, one...

Waking up to reality

THE list of challenges facing Pakistan that require a strong, centrally organised response is growing with alarming...

Governor by default

FOR the second consecutive time, the State Bank is going to be headed by someone who first inherited the position...

Learning curve

THERE is a feeling known to many who do any research work on Pakistan. It is a feeling that one is wasting one’s...

Auction mania

FINANCE Minister Ishaq Dar is soaking up the applause these days, rolling out his narrative of economic improvement...

Dar’s spring

IT’S been a long cold winter, but as the old song goes: here comes the sun. Here in Washington D.C. a record ...

Mysteries & narratives

NOT all mysteries are destined to remain unsolved. Pakistan’s story contains many mysteries that we have perhaps...

Dar’s dollar debut

RUMOUR has it that the rupee has appreciated lately because the government received a $1.5 billion ‘deposit’ ...

Militant economics

LET’S talk big picture. Here are some experimental thoughts that come to mind when one takes a dispassionate view...