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Shahid Kardar

Pakistan’s political economy

The state has little available for investments to enhance the quality of the nation’s human capital. Published Oct 13, 2015 03:32am

Piling up more debt

It is difficult to discern the economic and financial justification for the new $500m bond issue. Published Sep 29, 2015 03:01am

Wasting energy on FTAs

Trade with China has benefited us but genuine concerns remain. Published Sep 15, 2015 02:20am

Non-filer blues

Arbitrary taxes on energy, internet, school fees, cars, bank transactions, plane tickets — the list grows by the hour Published Sep 01, 2015 05:15am

Blame the provinces, get waivers

The IMF, World Bank and Asian Development Bank are abettors of the government’s window-dressing scheme. Published Aug 18, 2015 02:10am

Widening perception gaps

People are contesting the data on the basis of which deceleration in the rate of inflation is being claimed. Published Aug 04, 2015 06:36am

Making trade a priority

There is a need to change the way we think about trade and traditional export destinations. Updated Jul 21, 2015 05:24pm

Privatisation of DISCOS

The most important aspect following privatisation will be the need for a strong regulatory capacity. Published Jul 07, 2015 10:58am

Privatisation of DISCOS

The most important aspect following privatisation will be the need for a strong regulatory capacity. Published Jul 07, 2015 06:37am

Inequality: reasons and impact

Our lopsided priorities have made social mobility impossible for society’s marginalised sections. Published Jun 23, 2015 05:32am

Light-touch tax environment

The complaints of the formal taxpaying sectors regarding the FBR’s treatment of them are worrying. Published May 26, 2015 01:49am

Unrealistic expectations

Why on earth would any province impose or increase a tax to muster additional resources for the centre to spend? Published May 12, 2015 02:37am

Confusing privatisation goals

A sale of additional shares of HBL cannot lead to improvement in operational efficiency. Published Apr 28, 2015 02:50am

Complacency over challenges

Economic development benefits in the last decade have largely accrued to the richer and more educated. Updated Apr 14, 2015 03:23am

Unable to compete

The crisis of the industrial structure today is an outcome of the piecemeal opening up of the trading sector. Updated Apr 01, 2015 01:36am

Source of black money

The reference to Swiss banks deflects the focus from the real issue. Published Mar 03, 2015 01:45am

Black money in Swiss banks

The efforts of successive governments to check black money, especially that earned by evading taxes, have failed. Updated Feb 17, 2015 09:23am

Worrying complacency

The external balance is deteriorating steadily with short-term debt rising fast. Published Feb 03, 2015 02:12am