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On the IMF bailout package for Pakistan

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 23, 2013. Islamabad – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan agreement might not be a bad deal for Pakistan but the federal government must introduce fiscal discipline and reduce indirect taxation for any meaningful economic gains in the future. These […]

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Twin city residents looking for solar options

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 21, 2013. Islamabad – On the shop front of Hussain Electronics, an old electronics shop on College Road in Rawalpindi, a handwritten notice is taped to a 2.5-by-5 feet solar panel. In Urdu, the notice explains to prospective buyers the […]

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Development allocations for the Twin Cities mostly for existing projects

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jun 13, 2013. Islamabad – The government has allocated Rs28.9 billion for development projects in the twin cities in the Public Sector Development Programme 2013-14, but less than one-fifth of the allocations went to new schemes. Only Rs4.8 billion were allocated […]

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SECP outsources archiving service to third-party private company

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 25, 2013. Islamabad- In November 2011, The Express Tribune reported that 400 “highly classified” files were stolen from the petroleum ministry over a period of six months. Theft is not the only danger to precious official documents. Intentional tampering of […]

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LEDs more expensive in Pak markets despite better energy efficiency

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 18, 2013. Islamabad – At Rawalpindi’s College Road market, Malik Zafar sells LEDs for lighting purposes. There is some demand for the LED bulbs and lights, but it is lowered by price. “People are not buying these lights as much as […]

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Strong institutions needed for robust economic growth

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 22, 2013. Islamabad – Strong public institutions, better research and policies that explore the potential of ignored commodities such as dairy products and horticulture could help improve Pakistan’s agriculture growth. These were the thoughts expressed by John Mellor, an American economist […]

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Pakistan’s dismal economic growth to continue

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Dec 29, 2012. Islamabad – Pakistan’s current dismal economic growth and its worsening fiscal conditions are likely to persist in 2013, leaving the country at the mercy of international lenders. Ashfaq Hasan Khan, dean of the National University of Sciences & […]

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Solar power in Rural Sindh

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Dec 26, 2012. Islamabad – There are no transmission lines or power grids near Ameer’s village. But two years ago, his coastal community of 23 households near the Arabian Sea got electricity for the first time. It arrived in the form […]

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Efficient power cables at HESCO

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Dec 25, 2012. Hyderabad – Iqbal Majeed, the office secretary at Hyderabad’s Memon Cooperative Housing Society, repeated the same phrase several times in just a few minutes of conversation. “We are extremely comfortable now,” Majeed said. He is referring to the resolution […]

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Jhimpir’s Wind Farms

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Dec 24, 2012. Jhimpir/Karachi – Driving from Karachi to the Nooriabad Industrial Area, it is hard not to notice a constant feature to the left side of the Super Highway. Transmission lines sag between evenly spaced towers along the road for several […]

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