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Waqar Masood Khan

A fiscal quagmire: genesis
Opinion

A fiscal quagmire: genesis

In the last article, many readers felt that there was no explanation as to how we came to this pass and what ...
Published 25 May, 2022 04:40am
A fiscal quagmire?
Opinion

A fiscal quagmire?

A few days ago, Ministry of Finance released the details of fiscal operations covering three quarters Jul-Mar...
Published 11 May, 2022 04:58am
Tentative start
Opinion

Tentative start

The new government has undoubtedly inherited a turbulent economy. The woes are not due only to political ...
Updated 29 Apr, 2022 01:41pm
Need for averting recession
Print

Need for averting recession

A number of developments could be read as emerging signs of a recession in the economy. It is quite discouraging to note that the nature of our economic challenge is transforming from an overheated economy to a slowing economy; the excess demand has turne
Published 06 Sep, 2019 12:00am
Need for averting recession
Print

Need for averting recession

A number of developments could be read as emerging signs of a recession in the economy. It is quite discouraging to note that the nature of our economic challenge is transforming from an overheated economy to a slowing economy; the excess demand has turne
Published 06 Sep, 2019 12:00am
Depressing FY2018-19
Markets

Depressing FY2018-19

Just when one thought the FY2018-19 had ended and the focus should exclusively turn to the new year, some new information about its performance emerges that pales all previous shocks. The fiscal operations data released by the Ministry of Finance a few da
Published 30 Aug, 2019 12:00am
Depressing FY2018-19
Markets

Depressing FY2018-19

Just when one thought the FY2018-19 had ended and the focus should exclusively turn to the new year, some new information about its performance emerges that pales all previous shocks. The fiscal operations data released by the Ministry of Finance a few da
Published 30 Aug, 2019 12:00am
Depressing FY2018-19
Markets

Depressing FY2018-19

Just when one thought the FY2018-19 had ended and the focus should exclusively turn to the new year, some new information about its performance emerges that pales all previous shocks. The fiscal operations data released by the Ministry of Finance a few da
Published 30 Aug, 2019 12:00am
Mixed developments
Print

Mixed developments

With the publication of the LSM data for the month of June the full picture of the last year's performance has emerged. The production has declined by 3.64% during FY19, which is the poorest showing in last 10 years. All major sub-sectors like automobiles
Published 23 Aug, 2019 12:00am
Mixed developments
Print

Mixed developments

With the publication of the LSM data for the month of June the full picture of the last year's performance has emerged. The production has declined by 3.64% during FY19, which is the poorest showing in last 10 years. All major sub-sectors like automobiles
Published 23 Aug, 2019 12:00am
Debt situation
Markets

Debt situation

Recently, the central bank has published the data on federal government debt. This is a fairly grim reading. The federal government debt stock rose from Rs 24.2 trillion as on 3-6-2018 to Rs 31.8 trillion as on 30-6-2019, showing an increase of a staggeri
Published 16 Aug, 2019 12:00am
Debt situation
Markets

Debt situation

Recently, the central bank has published the data on federal government debt. This is a fairly grim reading. The federal government debt stock rose from Rs 24.2 trillion as on 3-6-2018 to Rs 31.8 trillion as on 30-6-2019, showing an increase of a staggeri
Published 16 Aug, 2019 12:00am
Import compression
Markets

Import compression

A major aim of economic policy announced by the new government was to put a break on imports as they were the primary source of unprecedentedly high trade deficit of $37.6 billion in 2017-18. The current account deficit, at nearly $20 billion, was the hig
Published 09 Aug, 2019 12:00am
Import compression
Markets

Import compression

A major aim of economic policy announced by the new government was to put a break on imports as they were the primary source of unprecedentedly high trade deficit of $37.6 billion in 2017-18. The current account deficit, at nearly $20 billion, was the hig
Published 09 Aug, 2019 12:00am
Import compression
Markets

Import compression

A major aim of economic policy announced by the new government was to put a break on imports as they were the primary source of unprecedentedly high trade deficit of $37.6 billion in 2017-18. The current account deficit, at nearly $20 billion, was the hig
Published 09 Aug, 2019 12:00am
Off to a slow start - II
Print

Off to a slow start - II

The preliminary results for the month of July indicate that FBR has collected Rs 278 billion. Last year the collection was Rs 251 billion. This shows a growth rate of 10.8%. How to assess whether this is a good collection performance that would meet the a
Published 02 Aug, 2019 12:00am
Off to a slow start - II
Print

Off to a slow start - II

The preliminary results for the month of July indicate that FBR has collected Rs 278 billion. Last year the collection was Rs 251 billion. This shows a growth rate of 10.8%. How to assess whether this is a good collection performance that would meet the a
Published 02 Aug, 2019 12:00am
Off to a slow start
Print

Off to a slow start

Even though the FY2018-19 is now history, its full details are continuing to trickle down, and some of these have major implications for the new fiscal year. In this article we would review these new details and find out how they would affect the outcomes
Published 26 Jul, 2019 12:00am
Off to a slow start
Print

Off to a slow start

Even though the FY2018-19 is now history, its full details are continuing to trickle down, and some of these have major implications for the new fiscal year. In this article we would review these new details and find out how they would affect the outcomes
Published 26 Jul, 2019 12:00am
Inflation and future outlook
Markets

Inflation and future outlook

The new inflation number has surprised all economic analysts. Against an inflation of 9.1% in May (YoY), and on the face of significant increase in petroleum price and depreciation of rupee during June, the consensus forecast for June inflation was 9.5%.
Published 05 Jul, 2019 12:00am