Khurram Husain

Growth stories

Growth stories

Reza Baqir says next year’s external financing needs are fully secured, which is reassuring, but there are years after that too. Updated 29 Jul, 2021 07:40am
Growing vulnerabilities

Growing vulnerabilities

The fact is that the same numbers the govt was touting a few months ago are today painting a changing picture. Updated 15 Jul, 2021 08:57am
The billion-dollar bet

The billion-dollar bet

The situation is precarious, even though there are glimmers of hope shining through the cracks in some places. Updated 08 Jul, 2021 09:01am
Dangerous ground

Dangerous ground

Split between who owns executive powers and who exercises them means there is weak ownership over outcomes. Updated 01 Jul, 2021 08:41am
Between boom and bust

Between boom and bust

Ultimately the budget, and its aim to pump growth, will be left standing on two legs only — free oil and free dollars from abroad. Updated 24 Jun, 2021 11:22am
A dangerous bargain

A dangerous bargain

Budget for FY22 faces massive risks such as inflation and a resurgence of the trade deficit. Updated 17 Jun, 2021 08:23am
A tale of two talks

A tale of two talks

The prime minister is under extreme pressure to pump growth further next year, as well as enhance spending. Updated 10 Jun, 2021 09:01am
The trumpet of growth

The trumpet of growth

The first lesson is to never — ever — buy a growth story that is unaccompanied by reforms. Updated 03 Jun, 2021 08:11am
In search of a boom

In search of a boom

The needle seems to have moved, even if slightly, on the matter of the Pak-US relationship. Updated 27 May, 2021 09:28am
The wages of truth

The wages of truth

If there is an indicator that matters to ordinary people it is real wages. Updated 20 May, 2021 08:35am
Eid and money

Eid and money

Why is a thing more real when you can touch, taste or feel it as opposed to something that is only experienced? Updated 13 May, 2021 09:01am
Trouble in Camelot

Trouble in Camelot

The electorate knows better than to swallow the government’s rhetoric. Updated 06 May, 2021 09:30am
Muddling through Covid

Muddling through Covid

It staggers the imagination to consider the scale of the muddling through we are seeing at the top as this crisis escalates. Updated 29 Apr, 2021 09:07am
For whom the clock ticks

For whom the clock ticks

Tarin will have to succeed in order to cement his position within the cabinet. Updated 22 Apr, 2021 09:16am
Diverging paths

Diverging paths

It seems that Imran Khan is feeling the pain of the adjustment that he has had to undertake. Updated 15 Apr, 2021 09:04am
At the crossroads

At the crossroads

How things go with the IMF are critical to how the political scene will evolve. Updated 08 Apr, 2021 08:47am
Muddling through

Muddling through

The Americans call this ‘muddling through’, a situation when those in charge don’t know what they are doing. Updated 01 Apr, 2021 08:49am
State Bank Act amendments

State Bank Act amendments

It is a principle of sovereign lending that those prerogatives a ruler cannot manage are eventually taken out of the ruler’s. Updated 25 Mar, 2021 08:59am