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Spotlight on Karachi

The four party agreement on Karachi, encompassing the PPP, MQM, PTI and NDMA, is a welcome development. Reportedly, the agreement is limited to ‘cleaning up’ the drains and the streets. Solid waste management is a science: from collection to disposal … Continue reading

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Amplifying Gwadar port benefits

Amidst the daily grind of grim news relating to Covid-19 infections and deaths has come one welcome development, showing that life goes on. The news relates to the federal government’s decision to open Gwadar port for Afghan Transit Trade. This … Continue reading

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Yet another Package!

Our governments have been in the habit of announcing packages whenever a crisis hits. This government is no exception, even in the midst of a life and death crisis. First a package for exporters and now a package for construction. … Continue reading

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Revisiting fiscal federalism

Mushtaq Rajpar’s opinion piece on Fiscal Federalism (The News January 1, 2020) is a welcome addition to the debate on the subject. Admittedly, the matter relating to NFC has faced deadlocks for decades, with the last Award in 2010 after … Continue reading

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Growing external dominance of Pakistan’s economy

Pakistan has faced recurrent balance of payments problems since the last three to four decades. Every round of crisis leads to knocking at the doors of so-called friendly states and the IMF and, in the latter case, submission to its … Continue reading

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Is Pakistan’s economy collapsing

The economic crisis that Pakistan faces today is not the first; however, it is the most serious, given the magnitude of the foreign exchange gap that the country is facing. The term ‘default’ has been heard before during earlier similar … Continue reading

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Enter the Liquidators!

Pakistan is now a target of the ‘predatory global capital’. This global capital has for years seen the Pakistan economy as increasingly dependent on foreign largesse and the State as weak and tottering, run by a self-serving civilian and military … Continue reading

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Bane of Slave Mentality

The signing of a defence treaty between the United States and India in mid-2016 and growing defence ties between Pakistan and China amounts to history repeating itself –with different combination of players. In the 1950s, India allied itself with the … Continue reading

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