Tough road ahead for incumbent finance minister

March 31, 2021 (MLN): Another year, another finance minister to manage the economy. The PTI government has so far appointed three finance ministers in the country since winning the 2018 General Elections. Prime Minister Imran

On Senate elections: a big upset?

March 4, 2021 (MLN): In Pakistan, one can almost always count on cricket and politics to deliver on drama. Look at Lahore Qalandars — the side infamous for losing in the Pakistan Super League is

Pakistan’s vaccine drive: Long way to go

March 02, 2021 (MLN): In a country of over 200 million people, mass vaccination campaigns are bound to be tricky. In Pakistan, the situation is even more challenging as the country has already failed at

Easing the regulatory bottlenecks for startups

February 14, 2021 (MLN): For the longest time, Pakistani startups, particularly fintechs, had been complaining about the regulatory landscape. The entire financial services industry – starting from the private players up to the very top,

All talk and no action: Pakistan’s case at the FATF

February 11, 2021 (MLN): Three days ago on February 8, Hong Kong police made its largest-ever drugs bust. The police seized 682kg of Ketamine worth HK$437 million (US$56m) disguised inside the packaging of Macaroni. The

MG Opinion: Why is Pakistan’s cotton crop falling?

February 9, 2020 (MLN): Pakistan’s cotton crop is in doldrums. From producing record 14 million bales in 2014-15, fourth highest production in the world, the country’s cotton output has plummeted to record lows at just

Foreign investment into Pakistan beyond the PR

December 15, 2020 (MLN): If you keep repeating the same thing over and over again, it eventually becomes true. Well, at least in your own imagination. This is quite applicable to Pakistan’s economy, where the

MG Opinion – The Cartels among Us

Over the past five years, antitrust regulation has come to take the centre stage in the world of business and policy. And behind that monumental shift is a woman – Margrethe Vestager, the Director General

MG Opinion – The Cartels among Us

Over the past five years, antitrust regulation has come to take the centre stage in the world of business and policy. And behind that monumental shift is a woman – Margrethe Vestager, the Director General

Future of Textiles – Uncertainly positive

November 16, 2020 (MLN): While the broader world faces grim economic prospects due to coronavirus, Pakistan’s textile exporters are having their day. Proceeds from the sector clocked in at $1.190 billion during September, bringing it

Future of Textiles – Uncertainly positive

November 16, 2020 (MLN): While the broader world faces grim economic prospects due to coronavirus, Pakistan’s textile exporters are having their day. Proceeds from the sector clocked in at $1.190 billion during September, bringing it

Inflation and SBP: Bringing knife to a gun fight

November 9, 2020 (MLN): It’s usually in Macroeconomics 101 that freshmen students learn about central banks’ mandate of maintaining price level stability, which they often do through the interest rate channel that in turn affects

Inflation and SBP: Bringing knife to a gun fight

November 9, 2020 (MLN): It’s usually in Macroeconomics 101 that freshmen students learn about central banks’ mandate of maintaining price level stability, which they often do through the interest rate channel that in turn affects

Tough road ahead for incumbent finance minister

March 31, 2021 (MLN): Another year, another finance minister to manage the economy. The PTI government has so far appointed three finance ministers in the country since winning the 2018 General Elections. Prime Minister Imran

On Senate elections: a big upset?

March 4, 2021 (MLN): In Pakistan, one can almost always count on cricket and politics to deliver on drama. Look at Lahore Qalandars — the side infamous for losing in the Pakistan Super League is

Pakistan’s vaccine drive: Long way to go

March 02, 2021 (MLN): In a country of over 200 million people, mass vaccination campaigns are bound to be tricky. In Pakistan, the situation is even more challenging as the country has already failed at

Easing the regulatory bottlenecks for startups

February 14, 2021 (MLN): For the longest time, Pakistani startups, particularly fintechs, had been complaining about the regulatory landscape. The entire financial services industry – starting from the private players up to the very top,

All talk and no action: Pakistan’s case at the FATF

February 11, 2021 (MLN): Three days ago on February 8, Hong Kong police made its largest-ever drugs bust. The police seized 682kg of Ketamine worth HK$437 million (US$56m) disguised inside the packaging of Macaroni. The

MG Opinion: Why is Pakistan’s cotton crop falling?

February 9, 2020 (MLN): Pakistan’s cotton crop is in doldrums. From producing record 14 million bales in 2014-15, fourth highest production in the world, the country’s cotton output has plummeted to record lows at just

Foreign investment into Pakistan beyond the PR

December 15, 2020 (MLN): If you keep repeating the same thing over and over again, it eventually becomes true. Well, at least in your own imagination. This is quite applicable to Pakistan’s economy, where the

MG Opinion – The Cartels among Us

Over the past five years, antitrust regulation has come to take the centre stage in the world of business and policy. And behind that monumental shift is a woman – Margrethe Vestager, the Director General

MG Opinion – The Cartels among Us

Over the past five years, antitrust regulation has come to take the centre stage in the world of business and policy. And behind that monumental shift is a woman – Margrethe Vestager, the Director General

Future of Textiles – Uncertainly positive

November 16, 2020 (MLN): While the broader world faces grim economic prospects due to coronavirus, Pakistan’s textile exporters are having their day. Proceeds from the sector clocked in at $1.190 billion during September, bringing it

Future of Textiles – Uncertainly positive

November 16, 2020 (MLN): While the broader world faces grim economic prospects due to coronavirus, Pakistan’s textile exporters are having their day. Proceeds from the sector clocked in at $1.190 billion during September, bringing it

Inflation and SBP: Bringing knife to a gun fight

November 9, 2020 (MLN): It’s usually in Macroeconomics 101 that freshmen students learn about central banks’ mandate of maintaining price level stability, which they often do through the interest rate channel that in turn affects

Inflation and SBP: Bringing knife to a gun fight

November 9, 2020 (MLN): It’s usually in Macroeconomics 101 that freshmen students learn about central banks’ mandate of maintaining price level stability, which they often do through the interest rate channel that in turn affects