Say No To Loans

November 16, 2017

Rethinking Budget

November 17, 2017

Modern day slavery

March 29, 2019

A starving family writes to a bank

A starving family writes to a bank   Dear Bank Manager, Many thanks for the 5.3 billion dollar loan.   One small step for a bank, a […]
March 29, 2019

Conference beggars

Conference Beggars Governance , or lack of it is often a major space filler in conversations  across Pakistani drawing rooms.  It was therefore interesting to hear […]
March 29, 2019

Deweaponise the parliament

Deweaponise the Parliament Naeem Sadiq  &  Nazim F Haji Bleeding from a thousand small wounds, the state in Pakistan appears to be receding, relinquishing and disappearing […]
March 29, 2019

Garbage collection and foreign loans

  Our dependency syndrome In 2016, a   Chinese company was awarded a contract for garbage collection in the districts South and East of Karachi at the […]
March 29, 2019

Loans make beggars

Loans make beggars     “bus ke leta hun har mahiney qaraz, or rehti hey sood ki takrar Meri tankha men  ik tihai ka ho gia […]
March 29, 2019

Modern slavery for Daily Time

  Modern Slavery “Rags make paper, paper makes money, money makes banks,  banks make loans, loans make beggars, beggars make rags.” ~ Anon.    Psychologist Martin Seligman’s theory […]
March 29, 2019

The 350 milian dollar access to ustice loan

$350 million ‘Access to Justice’  Loan The compulsive obsession for beggary has taught us many smart tricks. We now have the skills to invent such appealing […]
March 29, 2019

The lie loan linkage

The loan lie linkage     By now the loan lie linkage is a familiar pattern.  You tell lies to take loans.  You take loans and […]
March 29, 2019

The right to refuse

The right to refuse   Begging, as a profession  could well compete with many others considered oldest on the list, with very similar characteristics.  The first […]
March 29, 2019

Will we refuse to elect the ‘loan takers’ in 2007

 Will we refuse to elect the ‘loan takers’ in 2007   “The progress here has been superficial … absolute poverty and absolute wealth in Pakistan … […]
March 29, 2019

will some one write off my loans

    Will some one please write off my loans?     I have suffered from severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, since my application for writing off […]
June 24, 2019

The Equadorian remedy

The Ecuadorian remedy  AMONG other recommendations, an earlier article (‘Stabilising external finances’, Dawn,) had suggested that: “the government should establish a high-level Debt Audit Committee, following Ecuador’s […]
February 26, 2020

Where the money goes

IT has been a tumultuous month at the World Bank. The bank’s armies of analysts and economists routinely produce research on topics ranging from best practices […]
August 1, 2020

A ‘ Thank you’ Letter

A ‘Thank You’ letter.    Dear Bill and Melinda, Thank you for your philanthropic support to many global causes and events. I did not realize the […]
August 26, 2020

Lessons from Turkey

​Lessons from Turkey   Past glory can be  a great opiate. Loved by Pakistanis, many otherwise excellent Turkish TV serials provide a fair amount of this substance.  […]