Faltering Fauji: why a lack of expansion will hurt the cement company in the long run

On the surface, Fauji Cement seems like a success story: in the generally bad spell the cement industry seems stuck in, Fauji...

Two years after commencing operations, PIBT finally manages to make a profit

The Pakistan International Bulk Terminal (PIBT) managed to turn its losses into profit, at least according to its recently released positive financial...

Meezan Bank had a profitable 2019, but stays cautious for the year ahead

The country’s largest Islamic bank witnessed an unusually good run in 2019, according to its recently released financial statements. The sixth largest...

Rising interest rates bolster profits at Bank Alfalah

As interest rates in Pakistan rise, the net interest margins for Pakistani banks has also risen, leading to increased profitability. Bank Alfalah...

Will the PBIT be the catalyst Punjab needs to become an investment hub?

 In 2009, the Punjab government set-up the Punjab Board of Revenue and Trade (PBIT). The Musharraf era had just ended, the Pakistan...

Rs5.2 trillion tax target? Pakistan will need a miracle

The only certainty in life is death and taxes, Benjamin Franklin is supposed to have said. In Pakistan, however, few things have...

Citibank Pakistan scaled back, and became bigger than ever

Eight years ago, it looked like it was over. On March 17, 2012, a story appeared on the front page of The Express...

DIRBS is a bust, but there may be a way out yet

On May 10, 2018, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) launched Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) as per the guidelines of...

How might the Coronavirus outbreak affect Pakistan’s economy?

If you think the global paranoia and hysteria surrounding the 2019 coronavirus outbreak is a little overblown, you are wrong. The disease,...

Neck-deep in debt, is ChenOne and its parent company about to make a comeback?

Chenab Group, the retailer’s parent conglomerate, appears to be in the process of securing a restructuring agreement with its lenders. But will it be enough to revive the flagging retail chain and its textile export operation?

Can the Pakistan Environment Trust get the country to take climate change seriously?

A collection of wealthy Pakistani businessmen is trying to persuade their home country to focus on the environment – with the help of some few million dollars, and one bright 26-year old, but without much participation from local climate activists

Systems Ltd’s play on Pakistan’s payments evolution gains momentum

Systems Ltd (SYS), a data entry services company has received in-principle approval form the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to grow its...

After GIDC reduction, fertiliser companies pass on costs cuts to farmers

The two largest fertiliser companies in Pakistan, Fauji Fertilizer, and Engro Fertilizer, have both reduced their prices for urea fertiliser by Rs300...

Climate change’s latest bane? A biblical plague threatening Pakistan’s food security

Millions of locusts are ravaging through all four provinces in the country, leaving in their wake havoc and destruction. The government has offered a state of emergency, and three planes to fight them. Can they win?

The world is digital. Are you at risk?

“As the world moves on towards becoming completely digital, cyberthreats loom large. How vulnerable are you, the country, and your business?”