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Khurram Husain

Adjustment and its discontents

Adjustment and its discontents

Every government faces a steep political price for undertaking economic adjustment, but each responds differently to it. Updated Oct 18, 2018 08:08am
The power of necessity

The power of necessity

The lesson is simple: be careful what you say today because you might have to eat your words tomorrow. Published Oct 11, 2018 07:15am

Pivotal week draws to fiery close

KARACHI: As the economic story of PTI unfolds, this week will stand out as a pivotal moment when the government... Updated Oct 07, 2018 08:50am
Between rhetoric and reality

Between rhetoric and reality

The real barbs will fly when the measures outlined in the finance act need to be supplemented further. Updated Oct 04, 2018 10:31am
Reforms and reformers

Reforms and reformers

For more than 10 years, we have seen these tactics being used. Few are more skilled at them than Wapda or its progeny. Updated Sep 27, 2018 07:43am
Stabilisation begins

Stabilisation begins

PTI is having a difficult time pulling itself together around a vision for reform or change. Updated Sep 20, 2018 01:16pm
Reckoning time

Reckoning time

Harnessing animal instincts for policy purposes is deadly stuff. Updated Sep 13, 2018 11:21am
The new Camelot

The new Camelot

It's too early for results, but high time we had visible indications of where the Camelot intends to steer the country. Updated Sep 06, 2018 09:45am
Between hope and hype

Between hope and hype

Give them a chance, say some. Fair enough. But how much time do they need to find their feet? Published Aug 30, 2018 06:58am
The big trade-off

The big trade-off

How do you suspend the rules? Successive governments have done this by placing pliant individuals in key leadership ... Published Aug 16, 2018 07:24am
A modest proposal

A modest proposal

Every government manages to do only one big thing in its tenure. Updated Aug 09, 2018 08:06am
IMF and CPEC debts

IMF and CPEC debts

Could the Fund really ask the new government to first obtain the approval of the opposition parties in parliament... Updated Aug 02, 2018 08:07am
The agenda

The agenda

The economy will press down upon the new dispensation with great urgency. Published Jul 26, 2018 05:57am
Sliding external sector

Sliding external sector

How sustainable is the brief moment of respite that appeared to be opening up before us? Updated Jul 19, 2018 08:13am
Donating for dams

Donating for dams

Public finance is not a joke, the state cannot be run like a charity... Updated Jul 12, 2018 08:50am
Shopping for dollars

Shopping for dollars

An IMF programme, if it should come to that, could complicate the implementation of CPEC. Updated Jul 05, 2018 11:09am
Lessons of Hambantota

Lessons of Hambantota

The numbers of the Sri Lanka story are far larger in Pakistan. Updated Jun 28, 2018 08:21am
What awaits the next setup

What awaits the next setup

From stabilisation of the external sector to securing a bailout loan, some complex tasks await the next regime. Updated Jun 21, 2018 11:10am