Should we have a Planning Commission?

Kh Asif with his caustic remark “if here had been a Planning commission then, Taj Mahal would not be built!’ I am...

Reform! What, why and for who?

Pakistan was made with a commitment to democracy and development but soon after the founding generation succumbed to greed and politically expediency...

What makes Pakistan plump for IMF time and time again?

Pakistan has been approaching International Monitoring Fund (IMF), intermittently, since 1988. The last programme was successfully completed during the period 2013-16. However,...

Coping with the ‘overvalued’ exchange rate dilemma

Exchange rate management is considered as one of the most critical aspects of economic policymaking, particularly in countries that are vulnerable to...

Gaslight at the end of PSX tunnel

The week ending on October 14 had been precarious for the PSX and investors as political tensions gave the market a good...

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...

“Lahore L’hore ay” – but is Lahori culture good for business?

 Having spent my childhood in Lahore but worked most of my life at corporations based in Karachi, a return to the city...

An annoying blend of oddities!

Commercial business activity, encompassing all economic and monetary pursuits, from delivering a newspaper to managing a multimillion rupee company in Pakistan, is...

The State Bank’s silent payments revolution

How the SBP's latest circular could have far-reaching consequences for the state of digital Pakistan

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...

Our unsavoury grocery trip

I remember my mother used to say, “Eat a good meal first and then go to the grocery store.” I learnt the...

The trader’s dilemma

The trading community and the government came to some semblance of an agreement on tax issues recently, after months of simmering tensions...

The Return of the Stay at Home Mom!

  While all the other little girls played with Barbies and doll houses, this peculiar one dreamt of the stars and the galaxy...

Pakistan looking into the sun

Pakistan entered the realms of solar power generation as late as in the year 2012, a very delayed development for a country...

Renewed beginnings

The 2013 National Power Policy was basically two-pronged: eliminate an average power shortfall of 5,000MW and make sure it’s done with tangible...