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Shahab Jafry

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Market lesson in India’s election

How instructive to watch the cold, ruthless logic of the market at play around the Indian election. It turns out that investors are ready to dump the...

30.05.2024 50

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Yes-man democracy

Why all the fuss about dragging Ayub Khan out of his grave just to get at Omar Ayub Khan? The man has every right to fight the establishment to...

23.05.2024 100

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The AJK curtain-raiser

I fear the recent unrest in AJK was not an isolated affair, nor does the delayed Rs35bn sweetener mean the end of it. In fact, this was just a...

16.05.2024 50

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Labour Day thoughts

Do you think the country’s labour class, especially daily wagers, spent the Labour Day holiday celebrating and commemorating their “struggles for...

02.05.2024 50

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Sanctioning Iran? ‘Let’s not kid ourselves’

Watching the US House pass a $95 billion “aid package” for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan (360-58) reminded me of a comment attributed to Russian-born...

25.04.2024 60

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Brent and Bibi

Two bunch of people would have started this week with long faces. One, swing traders with long Brent positions itching to make a quick buck from all...

18.04.2024 10

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The irreplaceable Samdhi Dar

To understand why the foreign minister replaced the finance minister at the CCI (Council of Common Interests) you only have to understand why Ishaq...

04.04.2024 40

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Russia, IS-K and threat of world war

If IS-K (Islamic State-Khorasan) really did strike Moscow this week – and it has hit concerts and football matches in Europe before – then we’re...

28.03.2024 40

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Hawkish SBP, happy IMF

Some say it was stubborn food inflation that forced SBP’s hand at the MPC, combining with the usual Ramazan effect and typical incompetence of price...

21.03.2024 30

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‘Large and long’?

Not much of what new finance minister, Muhammad Aurangzeb, said in his first official media interaction was new – privatisation, digitalisation,...

14.03.2024 20

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IMF programme will test SIFC

Two is a trend, they say, and twice in two weeks now the market has shrugged off concerns of international rating agencies – about a weak coalition...

29.02.2024 30

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Default, then?

Fitch’s doubts about securing a post-SBA (Stand-By Arrangement) IMF lifeline show that even leading IFIs (international financial institutions)...

22.02.2024 20

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Mr Market’s periscope

Mr Market knows best, goes the old saying, so perhaps its best to look at the wild swings at the stock exchange to make some sense of what is in store...

15.02.2024 9

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I’m not voting

None of the top politicians and political parties making promises about free houses and hundreds of electricity units for the poor — all made and...

08.02.2024 20

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Joe Biden’s dilemma

The killing of three US servicemen in a drone strike on the Syrian-Jordanian border, claimed by Iran-backed group Islamic Resistance in Iraq (IRI),...

01.02.2024 20

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TTP after Pakistan-Iran confrontation

Nobody’s talked about it yet, but you can be sure that one party that watched the Iran-Pakistan missile and drone exchange very closely was the...

25.01.2024 40

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Maulana tries, and fails

For what it’s worth, Fazlur Rahman’s trip to Kabul has left me five hundred rupees richer. I bet with a journalist friend that the maulana would...

11.01.2024 40

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Job of a journalist

It’s still hard to figure out which is worse. Pretty and/or entitled brats with fancy connections landing high-paying news anchor/talk show host...

28.12.2023 10

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Perfect storm

Who could’ve known that Yemeni Houthis, battered and broken after almost a decade of ugly war, will light the fuse that, possibly, sparks a wider...

21.12.2023 20

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So they’ll flood the tunnels now?

You have to see it to believe it, but it seems one of the unintended casualties of Israel’s genocide in Gaza is going to be the myth of free media....

14.12.2023 20

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Why Erdogan is right about Hamas

Why do you think Genocide Joe – POTUS’s new nickname advocated by American Muslim champions of the Abandon Biden campaign ahead of the US election...

07.12.2023 50

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