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The Balochistan conundrum
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The Balochistan conundrum

The Balochistan Assembly through a unanimously adopted resolution has recently called upon the federal government to ensure that interests and rights of the people of the province are adequately protected while reaching any agreement with Saudi Arabia on
Published 13 Mar, 2019 12:00am
Agriculture: to do more with less
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Agriculture: to do more with less

Pakistan is a low income developing country. Agriculture is the most important sector of the country meeting food and fibre requirements of the fast growing population. Although the rate of population increase has considerably slowed down from over 3 perc
Published 06 Mar, 2019 12:00am
Coping with the cyber world
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Coping with the cyber world

Globalisation had turned the world into a village, but without disrupting the physical borders of nation states. However, what is happening now, as the world is on the threshold of cyberspace, is something that is likely to greatly dilute the physical bor
Published 20 Feb, 2019 12:00am
World Bank under Malpass?
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World Bank under Malpass?

At a time when there is growing clamor, especially from developing countries for both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to be headed by persons belonging to the countries of the emerging economies, the US President Donald Trump has used h
Published 13 Feb, 2019 12:00am
Economy: some home truths
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Economy: some home truths

Pakistan has seemingly overcome its energy crisis as generation has increased from 22, 812 megawatts in 2013 to 29, 573 megawatts in 2018. In addition, energy projects with a cumulative capacity of 17,045 megawatts are in the pipeline, as part of the Chin
Published 06 Feb, 2019 12:00am
Economy in ZAB era
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Economy in ZAB era

Most of the literature generated so far discussing the state of the economy during Prime Minister Zulfikhar Ali Bhutto's rule (1972-77) were authored either by economists with socialist orientation or by the champions of free market economy. The set of li
Published 30 Jan, 2019 12:00am
AI brings down AML cost
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AI brings down AML cost

The cost of fighting financial crime is said to be enormous. In the US alone, the cost of anti-money laundering ("AML") compliance is estimated at $23.5 billion per year. European banks come closer with $20 billion spent annually.
Published 23 Jan, 2019 12:00am
Planning for the 'real' Pakistan
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Planning for the 'real' Pakistan

Did we ever try to find out the reasons why the very first five-year plan authored by Pakistan succeeded in South Korea but failed miserably in Pakistan? There is, of course, no authentic work identifying the reasons that actually contributed to the plan'
Published 16 Jan, 2019 12:00am
If wishes were horses...
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If wishes were horses...

After having recorded a growth rate of six percent in 2017-18 Pakistan's industrial sector suddenly went into reverse gear in the first six months of the current financial year. More intriguing is the fact that as opposed the current miserable situation t
Published 09 Jan, 2019 12:00am
Drycleaners in the neighbourhood
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Drycleaners in the neighbourhood

Over the last decade or so, a new money laundering hub has sprung up in our neighbourhood - in slow-motion, seemingly without causing any major worldwide financial disruption. Dubai is secretive and cash friendly. But its luxury hotels, skyscrapers and ma
Published 02 Jan, 2019 12:00am