Shahid Kardar

Growing economic disparities

Growing economic disparities

The state has become a hostage to the perceptions of interest groups on how our political, bureaucratic and economic... Published 07 Oct, 2018 07:16am
External account challenges

External account challenges

The amplification of inequalities has been the result of the nature and composition of our economic growth. Published 30 Sep, 2018 06:34am
Is IMF avoidable?

Is IMF avoidable?

The fiscally irresponsible budget for 2018-19 is expected to worsen both the external and domestic imbalances. Updated 11 Oct, 2018 12:42pm
Weak employment generation

Weak employment generation

A skewed distribution of wealth and incomes cannot sustain the growth momentum. Published 30 Jan, 2018 01:38am
Managing without the IMF

Managing without the IMF

The present crisis is deeper and likely to be a more protracted one. Published 28 Nov, 2017 06:54am
Balance of payments emergency

Balance of payments emergency

If strong actions are not taken immediately, reserves could fall significantly below safe levels. Published 26 Sep, 2017 01:50am
Stock market & the economy

Stock market & the economy

By no stretch of the imagination is the KSE index a measure of the economy as a whole. Updated 22 Aug, 2017 09:04am
Potential drivers of growth

Potential drivers of growth

A major part of the solution to our problems lies in reducing the footprint of the state in the economy. Published 07 Aug, 2017 02:30am
Understanding CPEC

Understanding CPEC

The concessions showered on the Chinese have surely set a benchmark other investors could demand. Updated 17 Jul, 2017 01:41pm
Amplified policy distortions

Amplified policy distortions

A deformed tax structure has spawned many beneficiaries who will resist any attempt to recalibrate it. Published 04 Jul, 2017 07:13am
Pakistan’s political economy

Pakistan’s political economy

The state has little available for investments to enhance the quality of the nation’s human capital. Published 13 Oct, 2015 03:32am
Piling up more debt

Piling up more debt

It is difficult to discern the economic and financial justification for the new $500m bond issue. Published 29 Sep, 2015 03:01am
Wasting energy on FTAs

Wasting energy on FTAs

Trade with China has benefited us but genuine concerns remain. Published 15 Sep, 2015 02:20am

Non-filer blues

Arbitrary taxes on energy, internet, school fees, cars, bank transactions, plane tickets — the list grows by the hour Published 01 Sep, 2015 05:15am
Blame the provinces, get waivers

Blame the provinces, get waivers

The IMF, World Bank and Asian Development Bank are abettors of the government’s window-dressing scheme. Published 18 Aug, 2015 02:10am
Widening perception gaps

Widening perception gaps

People are contesting the data on the basis of which deceleration in the rate of inflation is being claimed. Published 04 Aug, 2015 06:36am
Making trade a priority

Making trade a priority

There is a need to change the way we think about trade and traditional export destinations. Updated 21 Jul, 2015 05:24pm