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Khurram Husain

Politics of adjustment

Politics of adjustment

Once in an IMF programme, the government will have to wade deep into it, and own the process. Updated Apr 18, 2019 08:20am
Managing a slowing economy

Managing a slowing economy

The data is not the only indication that the present state of difficulties is set to continue for at least another year. Updated Apr 11, 2019 08:34am

RISKY BUSINESS

The water and power development authority’s seismic design parameters indicate they may be woefully inadequate Updated Apr 07, 2019 03:28pm
Emotion and economic policy

Emotion and economic policy

It's during periods of adjustment that the populace is called upon to make large sacrifices because of higher inflation. Updated Apr 04, 2019 06:27pm
False starts, faltering economy

False starts, faltering economy

There are numerous other places where the finance minister was trying to manufacture optimism using the same data Published Mar 28, 2019 07:21am
Building a new order

Building a new order

In one area after another, we are seeing a magic-bullet approach to tackling chronic and intractable problems. Updated Mar 14, 2019 10:00am
Gaps and deficits

Gaps and deficits

Some work is being done, but it appears to be haphazard and driven by contingency. Updated Mar 10, 2019 11:01am
De-escalate now

De-escalate now

Continued escalation means making a point beyond demonstration of capability. Updated Mar 01, 2019 09:36am
Fiscal blowout in the making

Fiscal blowout in the making

Compared to the first half period last year, this year we have what is known as a primary deficit. Updated Feb 21, 2019 09:04am
Khan’s mettle

Khan’s mettle

The period of indecision and vacillation has to end and a period of decisive policy action has to begin. Updated Feb 14, 2019 09:23am
Tightening screws

Tightening screws

How did expenditure growth stay the same despite a sharp reduction in development expenditure in September mini budget? Updated Jan 31, 2019 08:22am
Beyond tweaks and turns

Beyond tweaks and turns

So long as the trade deficit remains in place Pakistan will never be able to afford economic growth. Updated Jan 24, 2019 08:24am
Moved by the numbers

Moved by the numbers

The fall in the trade numbers is once again coming in the midst of an epic contraction of the economy. Updated Jan 17, 2019 10:04am
Debating debt

Debating debt

This is not the only time basic numerical literacy is required before launching an analytical ship into unknown waters. Updated Jan 10, 2019 08:10am
Year of the fog

Year of the fog

The year will be remembered as the year Dar’s growth rates unravelled. Updated Jan 21, 2019 11:08pm
Here come the absurdities

Here come the absurdities

Are we now moving back to an era of high subsidies in order to promote growth? Updated Jan 03, 2019 02:57pm
Warning: learning curve ahead

Warning: learning curve ahead

JIT reports have been received with scepticism by courts but to lay people the schemes described are simple. Updated Apr 08, 2019 01:49pm