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Khurram Husain

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
The Pakhtun spring

The Pakhtun spring

It is dismaying to see how their efforts have been ignored by big mainstream political parties and mainstream media. Published Apr 08, 2018 05:03pm
Analysis: An amnesty for all

Analysis: An amnesty for all

Scepticism prevails in aftermath of PM's announcement of a new tax amnesty for undeclared wealth in Pakistan or abroad. Updated Apr 06, 2018 09:48am
Taxing non-filers

Taxing non-filers

Traders refused to avail the scheme, and by the time the first deadline passed, only 2,500 traders had supposedly signed Updated Apr 05, 2018 10:08am
Fear of debt

Fear of debt

What appeared to be a relatively stable external financing situation last summer today looks like a dismal path to Updated Mar 29, 2018 02:53pm
Reversing the 18th Amendment?

Reversing the 18th Amendment?

It is impossible to know what the funds were going to be used for. What we know is that a demand had come. Updated Mar 22, 2018 10:14am
The China-India tango

The China-India tango

Beneath the surface, we see other indications that something larger than a regional flashpoint and a few irritants might Published Mar 08, 2018 02:31am
Rackets and racketeers

Rackets and racketeers

Consider what this means: a fully legalised and officially sanctioned policy of ‘benign neglect’ towards a clear racket. Published Mar 01, 2018 07:07am

THE GREAT FATF FUMBLE

ALL through the day on Friday, as one news outlet after another from outside the country broke the news that things... Updated Feb 25, 2018 08:20am
Between FATF and GSP Plus

Between FATF and GSP Plus

Our economic diplomacy consists of little more than seeking financing from multilateral lenders. Updated Feb 23, 2018 02:51pm
Banning terror groups

Banning terror groups

The ordinance just passed will now need parliamentary ratification. Updated Feb 16, 2018 02:18pm
Fire up the solar revolution

Fire up the solar revolution

We remain stuck in a highly obsolete model for contracting future power needs. Published Feb 08, 2018 07:05am
Growing pains

Growing pains

With everything looking good, from real-sector growth to government finances, what exactly is the problem? Published Feb 01, 2018 01:40am
Vengeance is not justice

Vengeance is not justice

‘Hanging people publicly will not deter such crimes in the future.’ Published Jan 25, 2018 03:04am
Domestic investors’ voice

Domestic investors’ voice

The report put out by the PBC opens with a view on three macroeconomic indicators: the rate of investment. Updated Jan 18, 2018 11:30am
Trading in the yuan

Trading in the yuan

The first auction of yuan was held in June 2013. Not a single bank submitted a bid. Updated Jan 11, 2018 10:20am