IMF programmes typically suffer from design deficiencies.
The prime minister took arguably the most difficult decision of his career.
The evolution and vector of economic crises are fairly ‘typical’.
The budget is part of a policy response to a difficult situation.
A recursive history of economic boom and bust — and lessons unlearnt.
Half-baked economic beliefs continue to pervade the discourse.
Inept economic management could amplify US pressure.
Economic policy has been misguided and damaging since 2013.
It’s a sad reflection on us when we lionise corrupt leaders.
Debate regarding the rupee is ignoring two 800-pound gorillas in the room.
Finally, Pakistan has a tryst with rule of law.
Is a caring, responsive state too distant a dream?
Inequality has broader dimensions beyond wealth or income.
Some bold thinking is required on the economic policy front
The Survey will give an indication whether the govt has been successful in shifting the economy into a higher gear.
Budget-making in Pakistan lacks transparency, accountability and participation.
Changing policymakers’ mindset is part of the challenge.
A structured and formal process is needed to ‘negotiate’ reforms within the polity.
Two key concerns have been allayed by greater disclosure.
An obsession with the economy is undermining democracy.