Shortsighted moves on trade

There is absolutely no scenario in which Pakistan evolves from being the low-income country it is today to becoming a high-income or even a...

The opportunity of dead capital

Economics has become a science of the loudmouth with numbers. Economists come on TV to show off that they have numbers and predictions. They...

Why can’t we compete in global markets?

Why are Pakistani businesses unable to compete in the global markets? What is it that inhibits them from breaking through overseas? As our exports...

The wrong kind of governing

You can always trust the government of Pakistan to take a look at a problem created by the private sector in the country and...

Is the modern professional too busy to exercise?

A friend of mine, who is several years younger, went for a regular medical check-up recently. He was told that he had...

Where are the opportunities for the poor?

Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced the Ehsas program for poverty alleviation — an admirable step. But more than government aid the...

The most worrying chart (Editor’s Note)

There is one chart that gives us a heart attack every time we look at it: one that shows Pakistan’s average income...

“No, I don’t see myself in your seat in 5 years time”

Growing up in the 70s, whenever we were asked what we would like to do as an adult, the very obvious response would be...

The strange tale of a Sindhi folk song and CPEC

“Ho Jamalo, Wa Wah Jamalo” are words that have been ringing in my ears for over three decades.  But it was only last week...

Taking the menace of gas theft head on

UFG is theft of natural gas that makes up a whopping 51 per cent of the total gas lost

Budget – Not all is doom and gloom

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s PTI led government has announced a tough budget to arrest the alarming build up in public debt over the last...

Disrupt or Be Disrupted

The human mind is trained to visualise linear developments and finds it difficult to estimate exponential possibilities which emanate from technology. Such disruptions are...

Islamabad blues: why capital calling is bad business

Has anyone ever taken the 7 am PIA flight from Karachi to Islamabad? If you have, you would see a line of businesspeople and...

Why are we subsidizing car-use?

When I write about going high, everyone responds, “what about parking?” My response “we don’t need parking!” is met with shock. We are making cities...

Ego and insecurity (Editor’s Note)

Being the best and being good enough are not the same thing, a distinction that the students, faculty, and alumni of the Lahore University...

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