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Syed Bakhtiyar Kazmi


Coasian bargaining

ARTICLE: Dear Readers, Eid Mubarak!

And the return of the lockdown!

Notwithstanding that the Government's strategy...

Published 01 Aug, 2020 01:12am


ARTICLE: On a roll here - actually followed the plan and read, or at least tried to read the "Report on the Power...

Published 25 Jul, 2020 02:49am

More sour than sweet

ARTICLE: The good news is that I finally got around to reading the "Report of The Commission of Inquiry constituted...

Published 18 Jul, 2020 02:47am

Economy - the least problem

ARTICLE: This column, for the last couple of weeks or more, has been building arguments to support the view that the...

Updated 11 Jul, 2020 03:11am

So many keys

ARTICLE: To say that economic growth has been the most vexing problem for our national leadership for the last three...

Published 04 Jul, 2020 03:02am

Before the key

ARTICLE: Our quest for the key to economic growth continues.

Albeit, this time around we need to be a lot more...

Published 27 Jun, 2020 02:55am

Not easy

ARTICLE: The days for being imaginative are upon us; after all Budgets and economic reviews in a developing nation,...

Published 20 Jun, 2020 04:13am


ARTICLE: The key to economic growth is definitely not free market capitalism; as they say, the proof of the pudding...

Published 14 Jun, 2020 03:09am

Two horses

ARTICLE: This week we continue where we left of last week: the tale of two horses. Those who missed out on the...

Updated 14 Jun, 2020 01:29am

A tale of two horses

Unfortunately, the exact quote, which by the way succinctly brings out the message, cannot be published - blame it on the censor board. Be that as it may, the more refined version comes out thusly: you cannot ride two horses with one behind.

Published 30 May, 2020 12:06am

What's up?

WhatsApp is a pun on What's Up, in case you didn't get it yet - actually, that was a sudden but rational guess made whilst dreaming up the title for today's write up; now it is knowledge confirmed from WhatsApp web page. Cool!

Published 23 May, 2020 12:06am

The value of life

If you party for four days, strict abstinence for the remaining three days will probably not get you off the hook. In substance, you have a lockdown or you don't - the virus is not going to take "off days" whilst its hosts go on a shopping spree, so this

Published 16 May, 2020 12:07am

Free market tanks

"A quarter of French adults smoke. Many people were surprised, therefore, when researchers reported late in April that only 5% of 482 Covid-19 patients who came to the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris between February 28th and April 9th were daily smok

Published 09 May, 2020 12:06am

Nine lives

Ramazan Mubarak, Dear Readers. As the nation continues to battle it out with the coronavirus, the experts warn that the Virus War will be entering a critical phase by the time this article is published. May Allah SWT protect our nation and give strength a

Published 02 May, 2020 12:08am

Free cheese in a mouse trap

Sitting down to write this week's column, I am rather confused; are we or are we not in a lockdown. Whilst the Islamabad city administration has been performing admirably in an extremely challenging time, the current extension order is a complicated, if n

Published 25 Apr, 2020 06:43am

Revenge of the fallen

As the country gets ravaged by the Virus Wars, with the situation getting worse day by day, let us start once again with a prayer that Allah SWT alleviates the hardship of our beloved nation soon.

Published 18 Apr, 2020 12:00am

The right incentives

Nowadays, sitting down to write a column, the beginning inevitably is a prayer that by the time it gets published we have won the Virus Wars; a developing country like Pakistan cannot withstand any kind of war for long. And we are probably reaching our li

Published 11 Apr, 2020 12:00am

Time to rise

That the country is on economic roller coaster is perhaps an understatement.

Published 04 Apr, 2020 12:00am


Praying that by the time this article gets published, miraculously, the world has found a cure for the corona virus, and/or Pakistan has been able to control the epidemic.

Published 28 Mar, 2020 12:00am

No debt fictional world

Imagination precedes invention - sure there have been accidental discoveries, but even in such cases, ultimately, someone was pursuing their imagination, albeit for some other objective.

Published 19 Mar, 2020 12:00am