What is the reality of Pakistan’s defense budget?

There are many myths that surround the defense budget. This is the reality

DISCOS – Is there a way out of the existential quagmire?

The current discussion on economic issues in government circles as well as business networks seems to be focused upon the host of...

Stability and reform: Navigating financial challenges in Pakistan’s power sector

Pakistan's power sector is at a critical crossroads, facing significant financial challenges that threaten its stability and sustainability. Changing policies and statements...

The bitter aftertaste of FED on Pakistan’s juice industry

In face of the need to broaden our tax net, the government imposed a flat 20% Federal Excise Duty (FED) on fruit...

Unlocking foundational revenue

I often explain the idea of a three tiered federation as a three storied structure. Just as a structure would not be...

Let’s take a hard look at Net Metering

The Government of Pakistan had to face tremendous backlash lately regarding imposing a fixed tax on solar panels. On its part, the...

Why have MNCs left Pakistan? And what will it take for the Saudis, Chinese and the others to stay?

As I look at the business headlines these days, they are full of potential investors from countries like Saudi Arabia and UAE...

Managing Exits; How to Fire an Employee

This off-limits subject is critical and needs to be well-understood by leaders everywhere

Value Trapped!

Will high inflation turn the tables in favour of local brands?

The SIFC and the Dar problem

Pakistan has just had a close brush with Dar, but it seems that the worst is over. While Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif...

Board composition – do you have the right people for your business?

Most medium to large-scale businesses need to think deeply about the different types of talent required for their boards

If the economy has any chance of surviving, the political instability must end

The first indications that a hung parliament will cause economic tremors in Pakistan have become apparent. An announcement from the IMF made...

A policy abyss

Pakistan is stuck in a low-growth trap. The population is growing at a rate of 2.5 percent per annum, while economic growth...

Dime-store Democracy

There is an election around the corner we hear. This Thursday all of the country’s registered voters will have the opportunity to...

Manifesto season?

With a fortnight left for the polls, two major parties come up with manifestoes