Profit: The year that was

The great land theft By Farooq Tirmizi If there is a single place that can be thought of as the foremost cathedral to free-market...

In case you’re wondering, inflation is not good for consumer goods companies either

Pakistani consumer companies just cannot seem to get a break. It does not matter whether you are Nestle, Bata, or even Glaxo:...

After a stellar entrepreneurial run, TRG is Zia Chishti’s swan song

The first thing you notice when you walk into Zia Chishti’s office in Washington DC is that you can see the White...

Sugar Sharks: How does the most powerful lobby in Pakistan get its way?

Scores of sugarcane-laden lorries are parked on the main road in front of an abandoned car-making plant in Sujawal district, about 130...

Habib Metro shows how (not) to compete against the big boys and win

Habib Metro is a boring, unexciting bank. It’s neither big nor small. Nobody uses its credit card. It won’t serve you if...

UIPT in Punjab has just gone digital, but what did it take to get here?

The Pakistan Tehreek i Insaaf (PTI) government has had a few hallmark policies and talking points. As the anti-corruption party, from the...

Is the mini-budget a ruse?

Measures announced in the mini-budget, the confusing stance regarding approaching the IMF could weigh heavily on the government's ability to tackle the issues threatening the economy

Sindh Bank and Summit Bank are merging. Who is the real buyer?

Allegations of money laundering and illicit payoffs continue to haunt this transaction, suggesting there may be more than a simple bank merger going on

How investor cash is changing the face of Pakistan’s diagnostic labs

From global private equity to domestic healthcare companies, laboratories in Pakistan are attracting investment and getting technological upgrades

Big Business and the saviour of the last resort

When was the last time you saw a conglomerate advertising not its consumer-facing or even industrial products but itself – its own...

Foodpanda, after the highs, hitting the proverbial trough

In what seems like an almost unbelievable scenario, over the last few months foodpanda has witnessed a 70% decline in orders. According...

This 18-year-old wants to put your own personal safety in the palm of your hands

What would you do if you are walking down the street and saw a fight break out? For 18-year-old high school student...

50 reasons to keep your faith in Pakistan

Though it is a moot point what our political, socio-economic conditions should ideally have been today, had the road not been uphill...

E-commerce: Where does Pakistan stand?

Pundits predict hitting $1 billion mark by 2020 In today’s digital world where the West is positioned firmly in the e-commerce market,...

Middle market banks continue aggressive expansion spree

Gone are the days when the middle market banks competed for the scraps from the Big Five banks’ table: they now aggressively...