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Before the Petrol Crisis Hit

The past few days in Pakistan have been all about the shortage of petrol reserves and the resulting fuel crisis especially in the Punjab. But at the start of the month (and the new year for that matter), the government had actually decided to raise the sales tax on all petroleum products because of low […]

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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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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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Brazil’s Zero Hunger Programme could be a model for Pakistan

Islamabad – Pakistan could not have asked for help from a better source when it comes to food security and poverty alleviation in the country. In 2003, Brazil came up with a “Zero Hunger Programme” to tackle the severe malnutrition and food insecurity its citizens faced due to demand side issues such as poverty and income […]

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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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Nonprofits key segment of US economy

An edited version of this article was first published in the Knoxville News Sentinel on May 20, 2012. With nearly 1.5 million nonprofit organizations across the nation, the sector has become an important part of the U.S. economy.   Nonprofits accounted for 9 percent of all wages and salaries in 2009, according to the Urban […]

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