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Khurram Husain

Arresting LNG

Then the government changed again, and those who had successfully closed the LNG deal found it was their turn to face Published Aug 15, 2019 06:55am

The wages of isolation

The UN secretary general would only say “we urge all parties to exercise restraint”. Updated Aug 08, 2019 08:02am

Trump’s smile

For Pakistan, the biggest fear is that there might be a repeat of 1990 all over again. Updated Aug 01, 2019 08:21am

Facts of a slowing economy

Economic outcomes, especially as reflected in key indicators, should not be celebrated or thrown in each other’s face. Published Jul 18, 2019 06:53am

Choppy seas ahead

The headwinds facing the government are about to get very intense indeed. Updated Jul 11, 2019 07:20am

Reading the IMF programme

The programme now begins and the first tranche of the money will be transferred into State Bank accounts within days. Updated Jul 04, 2019 09:44am

Amnesty or referendum?

If the response to amnesty scheme is weak, credibility of entire tax effort to follow will be challenged at the outset. Updated Jun 27, 2019 07:52am

One government, two directions

In significant measure, the revenue effort depends on people agreeing to cooperate with the government. Updated Jun 20, 2019 10:40am

Who is running the country?

It would be a mistake to take one’s own power for granted in times such as these. Published May 30, 2019 07:14am

From rhetoric to reality

You cannot spin inflation, and you cannot plug macroeconomic deficits with emotional appeals. Updated May 24, 2019 01:09pm

Two legs of economic management

Don’t believe the hype. The tax amnesty is not a ‘documentation measure’. They are always revenue exercises. Updated May 16, 2019 04:05pm

The emerging team

Once the macroeconomic adjustment under the auspices of the IMF programme gets under way, it will shape the conduct ... Published May 09, 2019 07:01am

The figurehead prime minister

Hafeez Shaikh knows which constituencies need to be kept satisfied to keep his boat afloat. Updated May 08, 2019 12:56pm

Politics of adjustment

Once in an IMF programme, the government will have to wade deep into it, and own the process. Updated Apr 18, 2019 08:20am

Managing a slowing economy

The data is not the only indication that the present state of difficulties is set to continue for at least another year. Updated Apr 11, 2019 08:34am


The water and power development authority’s seismic design parameters indicate they may be woefully inadequate Updated Apr 07, 2019 03:28pm

Emotion and economic policy

It's during periods of adjustment that the populace is called upon to make large sacrifices because of higher inflation. Updated Apr 04, 2019 06:27pm