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Are we truly on a sustainable path?

We now have the Shehbaz Sharif government claiming that an imminent default has been averted, the IMF is almost on board, friendly donor countries are once again turning sympathetic and the economy has finally been put in the right direction! While reserving any comments on the middle two claims, the first and last are statements that one has heard…

IPEF: A new framework

Contemporarily, an economic initiative, namely the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), was launched by United States President Joe Biden on May 23, 2022 in Tokyo just a day before the convening of the fourth summit of the Quad countries. The trip and the announcement come as part of a recent push by the administration to further shape its Asia…

On the turning away

Mukhtaran Bibi. Dr. Shazia Khalid. Kainat Soomro. Samia Sarwar. Khadija Saddiqi. Quratulain Baloch Annie. Asma Aziz. Arooj and Aneesa Abbas. Sajida Tasneem. Countless others who have been kept anonymous for the sake of protection. Domestic abuse, rape and honour killings are rampant in Pakistan while accountability and justice remain to be ideals…

Past in Perspective

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. –Thomas Aquinas The Wilhelm Gustloff ship was named after a Nazi leader who was assassinated in Switzerland in 1936. By 1937, Adolf Hitler launched a 684-foot-long ship that weighted 25,000 tones. It was when the Soviets were approaching that Operation…

Cracks In The Coalition

It is easier to unite under a coalition when a common enemy and a common goal of power can be seen over the horizon. However, when that common enemy or goal fades away, and material financial and influential decisions are required to be made, these unwilling alliances can be all too brittle. Such is the case with the government coalition. A…

Controlling Information

Claiming that ‘false narratives’ are being propagated to the world, the Indian government blocked various Pakistani twitter accounts of embassies in several locations. This decision follows a pattern—Radio Pakistan’s account was also blocked, along with several YouTube channels. There is no stronger indication of a country living under tyrannical…

IMF Deal Agreement

On Tuesday, it was reported that Pakistan has received a Memorandum of Economic and Finance Policy (MEFP) from the IMF for the seventh and eighth reviews of its International Monetary Fund bailout programme. The MEFP is a key step to indicate that the two parties have reached an agreement and also contains certain prior actions that would be…

Tax on iPhone 14

Apple, one of the most famous electronic brand is now launching a new product, iPhone 14 which appears to be having a huge tax, especially in Pakistan. iPhone 14 would be even more expensive than the other Apple phones. It is said that Apple iPhone 14 expected pricing starts from PKR Rupees more than 2 lakhs without tax and the tax would be…

Austerity measures

The exponential surge in essential commodities and fuel prices, mainly driven by the global economic meltdown, is predicted to stay here for at least a few months. The public outcry and protests against the fuel prices hike, calling for the reversal of the decision, are understandable; however, they have negligible chances of forcing the…

Kashmir Council is a Toothless body

What was the objective of forming the Kashmir Council, we must first review the Council of Occupied Kashmir? In 1934, Maharaja of Kashmir Hari Singh founded the Legislative Council which was adopted in 1957 by the Puppet Law of Occupied Kashmir and the Indian Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council Act. The Council consists of…

Double taxes

Taking double taxes by the government is the result of inflation in the country. The materials are being exported and imported as well sold have a lot of taxes. According to the current situation, educational institutions are taking taxes for giving admissions and on such educational materials to be provided to students. On the other hand, a rising…

Economic situation in Turbat

Turbat is the second largest city of Balochistan. Iran’s border is adjacent to the city. Most goods and even electricity are imported from Iran. For the people living in Turbat, import business from Iran is one of the major sources of earnings. Currently, along with the worsening situation of inflation in other parts of the country, the prices of…

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