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Khurram Husain

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
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