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Shahid Kardar

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 Aug 22, 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 Aug 07, 2017 02:30am
Understanding CPEC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Privatisation of DISCOS

Privatisation of DISCOS

The most important aspect following privatisation will be the need for a strong regulatory capacity. Published Jul 07, 2015 10:58am
Privatisation of DISCOS

Privatisation of DISCOS

The most important aspect following privatisation will be the need for a strong regulatory capacity. Published Jul 07, 2015 06:37am
Inequality: reasons and impact

Inequality: reasons and impact

Our lopsided priorities have made social mobility impossible for society’s marginalised sections. Published Jun 23, 2015 05:32am
Light-touch tax environment

Light-touch tax environment

The complaints of the formal taxpaying sectors regarding the FBR’s treatment of them are worrying. Published May 26, 2015 01:49am
Unrealistic expectations

Unrealistic expectations

Why on earth would any province impose or increase a tax to muster additional resources for the centre to spend? Published May 12, 2015 02:37am
Confusing privatisation goals

Confusing privatisation goals

A sale of additional shares of HBL cannot lead to improvement in operational efficiency. Published Apr 28, 2015 02:50am
Complacency over challenges

Complacency over challenges

Economic development benefits in the last decade have largely accrued to the richer and more educated. Updated Apr 14, 2015 03:23am
Unable to compete

Unable to compete

The crisis of the industrial structure today is an outcome of the piecemeal opening up of the trading sector. Updated Apr 01, 2015 01:36am