Stories for: Shahid Kardar

Fixing a battered society

THE parlous state of official finances is the result of successive governments’ unfettered extravagance and ...

Limitations of monetary policy

THIS writer has argued before that it is not possible to manage inflation through just one or two policy ...

Acres of protection

THE need to provide some kind of insurance cover to protect the incomes and outputs of farmers from the vagaries of...

Shape of a health insurance regime

IN an earlier article, this writer had argued for group-based/community-based health insurance schemes. This article...

Need for health insurance

The health sector remains grossly underfunded, accounting for barely 0.5pc of GDP (most of which is spent on salaries).

Regulation, Pakistani style

GETTING the government to be an enabler rather than a disabler is the real challenge. The weaknesses of our economic...

Sequencing issues

For sometime now, the indicators of growth & investment appear to have acquired permanence at a low level of equilibrium

Learning to live with inflation

WE have not been able to get the better of inflation. It is generalised and above comfort level. This is a huge...

Incompatible with technology

WHAT is one to make of the societal exhortation to focus the nation’s energies on acquiring scientific knowledge...

Wrong taxation approach

THE system of taxing company incomes that uses net profit as the basis for determining tax liability reduces the...

The feel-good factor

WHAT makes countries tick and sustain high growth rates? Conventional wisdom and experience could never have...

Challenge of imbalances

INFLATION is certainly a challenge today but then growth is a bigger challenge. With the latter are associated ...

Battling imbalances

WHEN selecting policy instruments and the timing of interventions, a key question that bedevils decision-makers in...

Rethinking government

THE most critical constraint today to the effective functioning of the government is the latter’s overextended...

An obsolete agency

DO we need a Planning Commission (PC) in today’s world? In fact, do we really need a plan? Why should we plan and...

Tax on farm income

ALTHOUGH Pakistan has a combined federal and provincial tax-to-GDP ratio of less than 10pc, the income of one ...

The next IMF deal

THE International Monetary Fund board will be meeting tomorrow, Sept 4, to review Pakistan’s application for...

Elusive quality schooling

THE nostrum that the government should not be engaged in commercial activities like running PIA, Steel Mills, banks,...

Economic injustice

THE Baloch are feeling hard done by and are angry. The causes of their protest, if not distress, are historical and...

Right to information

NEPOTISM, extortion and bribery have become a way of life, and not just with politicians. Except that in their case...

Opinion

Misguided optimism

Late call for unity

Politics as parody

Piety and cheating

Editorial

Sectarian violence

Gilgit-Baltistan alienation

Fatah-Hamas unity

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