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White elephants

In Thailand, elephants are extensively trained to fulfill various roles. Traditionally, they have been trained to aid in logging operations,...

14.04.2024 40

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Capital suggestion: Privatizing PIA

There isn't a company like Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) – anywhere in the world. There isn’t a company that has accumulated liabilities...

07.04.2024 50

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Emerging optimism

Pakistan has issued eight international bonds (loans) and Sukuk (Islamic bonds) that mature at various times, ranging from April 15, 2024, to April 8,...

31.03.2024 80

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Capital suggestion: Growth strategy

The clock is ticking for Pakistan’s economic future. Decades of unrealized potential and missed opportunities cast a long shadow. Yet, Pakistan...

24.03.2024 100

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Capital suggestion: Managing the IMF

Cannot live without the IMF. With net reserves at the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) standing at only $7.9 billion, upcoming payments in April, May, and...

17.03.2024 60

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Privatization

Pakistan's economic engine is sputtering, with growth stagnating at a mere one per cent. The budget deficit, ballooning at Rs8,500 billion, casts a...

10.03.2024 90

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PM’s roadmap

The Bank of America Corporation, the second-largest banking institution in the United States, has raised its recommendation for Pakistan dollar bonds...

03.03.2024 60

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Finance minister?

The PML-N’s classic economic growth model rests on three pillars: hard infrastructure development, an overvalued rupee and domestic consumption....

25.02.2024 50

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Unity amidst crisis

There’s an urgent need for a unified approach from across the political spectrum to address the current economic challenges. The economy is...

18.02.2024 50

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Heal the divide

Pakistanis have spoken. The votes have been counted. A new chapter is unfolding. It is time for every political party and every leader to rise above...

11.02.2024 100

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Budding bonanza

Here is a partial list of countries that have legalized or decriminalized cannabis: Canada, Uruguay, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium,...

04.02.2024 50

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Iran’s misery index

Over the past decade, per capita income has come down from $8,525 to under $3,000. Over the past six years, the riyal has fallen from 40,000 riyals...

28.01.2024 80

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Multi-crises

Multi-crises are the presence of several crises occurring simultaneously. A complex emergency is defined as a circumstance marked by multiple...

21.01.2024 100

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From capture to fiction

At 3:30 am on February 26, 2019, Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crossed the Line of Control (LoC), initiating airstrikes on...

14.01.2024 70

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Privatization?

There’s a bloodbath going on in our so-called Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). Is there a commercial entity in the world with assets of Rs150...

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After the election

Here’s pre-election scene 1: The government of Pakistan has undertaken some critical reforms including rationalization of gas prices,...

31.12.2023 80

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Guarantor of stability?

In recent months, Pakistan’s economic landscape has witnessed significant transformations through major global investments. Yes, prominent global...

24.12.2023 60

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Capital suggestion: Reko Diq’s rescue

How could a government – any government in the world – turn a hundred billion-dollar asset into an eleven billion-dollar liability? In 1993, BHP...

17.12.2023 100

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Capital suggestion: Long-term leaders

Mahathir bin Mohamad governed Malaysia for a combined period of 24 years. In 1981, when Mahathir assumed office as Malaysia’s fourth prime minister,...

10.12.2023 70

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Algorithmic warfare

Military domination will no longer be defined by personnel strength. Military domination will no longer be defined by quality or quantity of military...

03.12.2023 70

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Capital suggestion: Industrial policy?

Three questions: can industrialists be impartial architects of change when they have reaped the benefits of the existing system? Will industrialists,...

26.11.2023 100

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Military courts?

The Senate of Pakistan, the upper house of parliament, has endorsed a resolution asserting that the Supreme Court’s judgment on military courts...

19.11.2023 50

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Capital suggestion: Cost of bad air

Were you aware that Pakistan experiences 40 million cases of acute respiratory infections annually due to air pollution? Did you know that air...

12.11.2023 80

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Act decisively

The caretaker government, with the backing of the establishment, has made a determined effort to tackle a range of pressing issues. This proactive...

05.11.2023 90

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Capital suggestion: Military courts

Turkey has had civilian trials in military courts. Most of these trials were regarded as ‘fair’ and in accordance with ‘legal standards’....

29.10.2023 70

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Capital suggestion: Two parties

The PML-N and the PPP are stuck in the 20th century while voters have embraced the ideas and values of the 21st century. This growing disparity...

22.10.2023 80

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Capital suggestion: Shift the focus

Much of the government's attention in Pakistan has been fixated on the rupee-dollar exchange rate. While this rate undeniably holds significance in...

15.10.2023 60

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Capital suggestion: Cholistan Desert

Here is a partial list of countries where their national armies play a significant role in the agriculture sector: China, Israel, India, Russia,...

08.10.2023 70

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Capital suggestion: Minimal politics

Fact 1: Presently, four out of every ten Pakistanis find themselves below the poverty line. Fact 2: Over the course of the past three decades, no...

01.10.2023 80

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Capital suggestion: Measures v policy

Administrative measures are actions, steps, or decisions taken by government officials or administrative bodies to address immediate issues....

24.09.2023 100

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Capital suggestion: Informal sector

According to Pakistan's official Labour Force Survey, the informal sector employs nearly 75 per cent of the working-age population. This sector plays...

17.09.2023 100

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Capital suggestion: Demonetization?

On November 8, 2016, the government of India invalidated the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes with the goal of achieving three main objectives: curbing black...

10.09.2023 100

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