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Khurram Husain

The big trade-off

The big trade-off

How do you suspend the rules? Successive governments have done this by placing pliant individuals in key leadership ... Published Aug 16, 2018 07:24am
A modest proposal

A modest proposal

Every government manages to do only one big thing in its tenure. Updated Aug 09, 2018 08:06am
IMF and CPEC debts

IMF and CPEC debts

Could the Fund really ask the new government to first obtain the approval of the opposition parties in parliament... Updated Aug 02, 2018 08:07am
The agenda

The agenda

The economy will press down upon the new dispensation with great urgency. Published Jul 26, 2018 05:57am
Sliding external sector

Sliding external sector

How sustainable is the brief moment of respite that appeared to be opening up before us? Updated Jul 19, 2018 08:13am
Donating for dams

Donating for dams

Public finance is not a joke, the state cannot be run like a charity... Updated Jul 12, 2018 08:50am
Shopping for dollars

Shopping for dollars

An IMF programme, if it should come to that, could complicate the implementation of CPEC. Updated Jul 05, 2018 11:09am
Lessons of Hambantota

Lessons of Hambantota

The numbers of the Sri Lanka story are far larger in Pakistan. Updated Jun 28, 2018 08:21am
What awaits the next setup

What awaits the next setup

From stabilisation of the external sector to securing a bailout loan, some complex tasks await the next regime. Updated Jun 21, 2018 11:10am
Falling rupee

Falling rupee

Keeping the exchange rate imprisoned within a narrow band is very bad economic policy. Updated Jun 14, 2018 08:20am
Hours of darkness

Hours of darkness

One small thing going wrong in one place can send consequences cascading through the entire power system. Updated Jun 07, 2018 07:53am
Between tragedy and farce

Between tragedy and farce

The jihadi establishment is a tragedy. After decades of nurturing, it gave us deadly suicide bombings. Updated May 31, 2018 08:22am
Imran Khan’s 100 days

Imran Khan’s 100 days

It would be great if other parties could give us something to compare with Khan’s agenda. Published May 24, 2018 06:55am
The wages of disinformation

The wages of disinformation

When trolls come into power, they have a built-in interest in keeping the population armed only with a little learning. Published May 17, 2018 07:34am
The 4.9 billion-dollar blunder

The 4.9 billion-dollar blunder

Let’s put it in plain words first: there is no $4.9bn worth of remittances going from Pakistan to India. Updated May 10, 2018 11:13am
Scorched earth, parched lands

Scorched earth, parched lands

The new water policy merely skirts around the challenges that confront our water economy. Updated May 03, 2018 09:38am
Between defence and development

Between defence and development

Defence spending does not produce an economic boost because the ‘military industrial complex’ in Pakistan is very small. Updated Apr 26, 2018 11:43am
Budgeting for reality

Budgeting for reality

This year the thinking is very astute, and very short term: put money directly into people’s pockets. Updated Apr 19, 2018 02:08pm
Load-shedding returns to Karachi

Load-shedding returns to Karachi

Cutting off supplies to press for payment is tantamount to holding the entire city hostage to a single payment dispute. Published Apr 12, 2018 09:52am