Acknowledging reality

The Supreme Court of Pakistan was aware from the start of the seminal importance of the case, and constituted the FullCourt to...

Recovering car sales

Car sales in June reached an 18-month high, according to the Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association, but that still did not stop the...

Fruits of Azm-i-Istehkam?

Azm-i-Istehkam was announced with great fanfare after a meeting of the National Action Plan Apex Committee, but the bristly reaction of some...

Complications with the IMF

The attempt to save baseline electricity consumers from paying the full tariff for their electricity, to be paid for by cutting the...

Diminishing spending power

It seems there is more pain in store for the country’s salaried classes. Already the government has greatly revised the slabs for...

Reforming the government

A letter from the Prime Minister’s Office calls on all ministries to justify themselves, or else be reformed out of existence. On...

Attending the APC only?

PTI founder Imran Khan’s declaration on Saturday that his party would attend the All-Parties Conference on the operation or vision Azm-e-Istehkam was...

Running out of fuel

There is the danger that all stakeholders in the current stand-off between petroleum pump dealers and the government, may end up not...

SCO sidelines

The annual Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit proved an opportunity for Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to engage in one of the less well-known...

IMF package in sight

The rise in the stock market to new heights reflects the market belief that the government will strike a deal with the...

Inflation still rages

The June inflation figure, the last of the current fiscal year, was 13.8 percent, year on year, the first increase after three...

Export industries

There was a time when Pakistani cotton was plentiful, internationally competitive, and an excellent investment for farmers. This low-cost and low water...

Sowing seeds of division

It may be that the fatigue of governing KP are proving too much for CM Ali Amin Gandapur of the PTI, or...

Budget passed

It could be viewed as an abject failure, or as a signal success. Budget 2024-2025 was passed without any changes in the...

Pension problems

Pension reform is now essential. It is now, at Rs 1.014 trillion now the fourth largest component of the Budget after interests...