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Khurram Husain

One government, two directions

One government, two directions

In significant measure, the revenue effort depends on people agreeing to cooperate with the government. Updated Jun 13, 2019 04:26pm
Who is running the country?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RISKY BUSINESS

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

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
False starts, faltering economy

False starts, faltering economy

There are numerous other places where the finance minister was trying to manufacture optimism using the same data Published Mar 28, 2019 07:21am
Building a new order

Building a new order

In one area after another, we are seeing a magic-bullet approach to tackling chronic and intractable problems. Updated Mar 14, 2019 10:00am
Gaps and deficits

Gaps and deficits

Some work is being done, but it appears to be haphazard and driven by contingency. Updated Mar 10, 2019 11:01am
De-escalate now

De-escalate now

Continued escalation means making a point beyond demonstration of capability. Updated Mar 01, 2019 09:36am
Fiscal blowout in the making

Fiscal blowout in the making

Compared to the first half period last year, this year we have what is known as a primary deficit. Updated Feb 21, 2019 09:04am
Khan’s mettle

Khan’s mettle

The period of indecision and vacillation has to end and a period of decisive policy action has to begin. Updated Feb 14, 2019 09:23am