Monthly Archives: April 2018


ALI SUKHANVER Carelessness and negligence are the basic ingredients of a road accident whereas fate and luck also play an important role in occurrence of it. In the first week of this April, a US embassy vehicle ran over a motorcycle at the intersection of Margalla Road and 7th Avenue […]

Highlights of Pakistan Budget 2018-19

  Following are the salient features of National Budget 2017-18, announced by Minister for Finance, Miftah Ismail in the National Assembly on Friday: total outlay of Rs 5.26 trillion as against Rs4.75 trillion for the outgoing year.    According to the budget estimates, the target of tax collection for the next […]

A layperson’s guide to the federal budget 2018-19

By Mustafa Nazir Ahmed As finance minister, presents the federal budget 2018-19, which will be the last of the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, it is high time to make an attempt at uncovering the story hidden behind the numbers. The idea is to enable the reader to: (a) […]

Pakistan Economic Survey 2017-18 Highlights

Pakistan’s economy will grow 5.8 percent this fiscal year, the fastest pace in 13 years, the country’s de facto finance minister, Miftah Ismail, said on Thursday, a day before he announces the 2018/2019 budget. Pakistan’s economy has seen growth accelerate in recent years but it has not been without problems. […]


ALI SUKHANVER It is the climax of enmity with Pakistan that the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina succeeded in getting approval of a draconian law, the DSA, by her cabinet. The Digital Security Act is in fact a set of punishments which would be used to bring the opposition […]


By Muhammad Javed The Talk Shows covering the recent rape and killing of a 7-years innocent girl in Kasur, disclosed that there had been eleven similar ugly cases relating to children in the city.  The shows also mentioned about some report revealing that during the last 3 years, reportedly 11,000 children […]


ALI SUKHANVER This spring proved the beginning of a new tale of distress and grief for the low-caste Hindus of India. According to the details narrated by the Washington Post, “Caste prejudice is endemic in Hindu-majority India, even though the constitution outlaws the practice and has made it a crime […]

Pakistan rupee under pressure روپے کی قدر میں کمی

گزشتہ پانچ سالوں میں پاکستان نے  بہت زیادہ غیر ملکی قرضے لۓ ہیں لیکن ان کو معاشی ترقی کے لۓ استعمال نہیں کيا جا سکا بلکہ اس دوران برآمدات ميں بھی تیزی سے کمی آئ ہے۔ ہماری معاشی صورتحال کافی خراب ہے اور آنے والے دنوں میں روپے کی قدر […]

Pakistan tax reforms and amnesty scheme 2018

 Quick summary of the most important changes made under the announced package. CNIC numbers will be used as National Taxation Numbers (NTN) to monitor tax compliance. No taxes for people with annual income below PKR 1.2 million. Maximum of 15% taxes on annual income above PKR 4.8 million. Minimal penalties […]