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Amnesty, the scheme for now

Amnesty, the scheme for now

The latest amnesty scheme has only one purpose — the economy has a huge hole in its trade and current accounts that has to be plugged somehow If past is any guide, the ordinances promulgated on April 8, 2018 to give effect to the latest edition of a long list of tax amnesties should meet the same fate – failure. ... Read More »

The Human Cost of Climate Change

The Human Cost of Climate Change

Home is a place of stability and security. It is a place where families come together to work towards and celebrate mutual prosperity. But as the human and economic toll of climate change continues to rise, we face legitimate risk of this sense of home being uprooted. Last year, devastating floods in South Asia took over 1,200 lives and affected ... Read More »

Economic crisis management

Economic crisis management

DO forgive the people of this country if they cannot make sense of our present economic predicament. On one hand, they are told repeatedly (and correctly) that the economy has started reaping the benefits of CPEC — the ‘game changer’ — in the form of significantly reduced load-shedding, an upturn in investment and a not unimpressive recovery in economic growth. ... Read More »

A Warming World Creates Desperate People

A Warming World Creates Desperate People

Last year I traveled to southern Guatemala, the source of one of the largest migrations of unauthorized immigrants to the United States in recent years. It’s clear why people are leaving: Guatemala is a country rife with political conflict, endemic racism against indigenous people, poverty and, increasingly, gang violence. But there’s another, lesser-known dimension to this migration. Drought and rising ... Read More »

FATF: one shade of grey; 50 explanations & excuses

FATF: one shade of grey; 50 explanations & excuses

As the interim finance minister and her team left for Paris to present Pakistan’s case before the FATF plenary, the bank accounts of a notorious fourth scheduler were being unfrozen and he was otherwise preparing to join mainstream political processes. Months of hard work on the part of Pakistan’s government and banking institutions, as well as legitimate non-state actors, have ... Read More »

Need for a fresh ‘political’ contract in Pakistan

Need for a fresh ‘political’ contract in Pakistan

As another democratic transition is under way, it is necessary to remind ourselves of the reversal of the usual civil-military leadership, where the military establishment was on the defensive in 2007 and people had an elevated level of belief in civilian governance, hopes have dimmed as of today. There are clear signs of political alienation. The country’s political leadership not ... Read More »

What’s next for the SCO

What’s next for the SCO

The 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit has brought Pakistan much closer to China and Russia as it seeks regional security and cement economic linkages with SCO members. By joining the SCO as a full member state, Pakistan has done exactly what Confucius famously advised: “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust ... Read More »

10 Herculean FATF tasks for Pakistan

Amnesty, the scheme for now

ISLAMABAD: The global watchdog body on terror financing has formally included Pakistan on Friday on its grey list by setting new Herculean tasks ahead for Islamabad to implement in coming months. Accepting Pakistan plan in a week-long meeting, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in its Paris meeting decided that Pakistan in June 2018 made a high-level political commitment to ... Read More »

Economic challenges for the new government

Vagaries of Consciousness Nation’s coffers would be nearly empty by the time the new government starts While election frenzy is griping the country, few indications are available if the political parties are abreast of the challenges they would be facing if they get a chance to form the government, and what policies they plan to adopt to deal with them. ... Read More »