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.  […]
April 8, 2021

Uplifting the poor

Uplifting the poor naeem sadiq It is noble and inspiring for Pakistan to speak of the ideals of the state of Medina and to champion the […]
July 29, 2021

An open letter to Chairman FBR

Dear Chairman FBR, You are the head of  perhaps the only tax collection organisation in the world, whose principal aims appear to be the following: To […]
October 3, 2021

How not to collect tax

How not to collect tax  By its inability to collect taxes, FBR single-handedly acts as the biggest roadblock to Pakistan’s progress. Any country where less […]