byline: ALI KHIZAR

No time for a raise

ARTICLE: It is a tough budget to make this year. The FBR revenues have been stagnant for the last two years. Debt servicing has almost...

Fiscal mess – straighten the priorities

Budget-making is in the process. This one is a tough budget to make. Covid-19 demands stimulus; but the fiscal deficit is already too high. The...

Sugar inquiry: Fix the illness not the symptoms

The sugar inquiry report did not focus on the structural problems creating the 'economic rents'. Rather the energies are expended on chasing the rentiers. And...

The going gets tougher

As new data comes in, the bitter reality is sinking. The global economic slowdown is expected to be worse than what was earlier expected. There...

GDP estimates: Between a rock and a hard place

Provisional GDP figures for 2019-20 will be announced. The official number is likely to remain in the range of negative 0.6 percent to 0.7 percent....

Shrinking banking spreads

It's a known fact that banks in Pakistan are not doing their supposed financial intermediation business of routing savings of large pool to lending businesses...

Is the cement ‘cartel’ back?

It is widely argued that historically cement cartel existed in Pakistan. It appears that the 'cartel' is back. Last week, reportedly, there was a meeting...

Time to negotiate IPP contracts

The report on Power Sector by M. Ali and team touched the IPPs where it hurts the most. The reaction of Independent Power Producer Association...

SBP stays ahead of the curve

The SBP took time to speed up; but did it in style. Pundits were critical of SBP for not being ahead of the curve. The...

Lockdown dilemma

We live in a guess world. It's a health crisis and there is no scientific study to tell when the COVID spread is going to...

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