Shahid Kardar

Growing economic disparities

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

External account challenges

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

Is IMF avoidable?

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

Weak employment generation

A skewed distribution of wealth and incomes cannot sustain the growth momentum. Published Jan 30, 2018 01:38am

Managing without the IMF

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

Balance of payments emergency

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

Stock market & the economy

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

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 Aug 07, 2017 02:30am

Understanding CPEC

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

Amplified policy distortions

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

Pakistan’s political economy

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

Piling up more debt

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

Wasting energy on FTAs

Trade with China has benefited us but genuine concerns remain. Published Sep 15, 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 Sep 01, 2015 05:15am

Blame the provinces, get waivers

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

Widening perception gaps

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

Making trade a priority

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