Growing millions

By Zubeida Mustafa Published in Dawn on November 03, 2023 ONE of the major factors contributing to the environment crisis in Pakistan is the unbridled population growth rate. Environmentalists generally focus more on issues such as climate change and global warming caused by carbon emissions, which are the result of industrialisation, deforestation and water mismanagement. It must, […]

A grim future

By Tania Saeed Published in Dawn on November 02, 2023 THE recent decision of the interim government to deport all ‘illegal immigrants’ from Pakistan after Nov 1 has created a humanitarian crisis for refugees and asylum seekers, in particular for Afghan refugees. Going by UN figures, nearly 1.3 million Afghan refugees with Proof of Registration (PoR) cards,[…]



Interest cost absorbs entire income

By Shahbaz Rana Published in The Express Tribune on November 01, 2023 ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Dr Shamshad Akhtar, on Tuesday, identified the increasing cost of interest payments as a “primary concern” for fiscal stability. During the first quarter of the current fiscal year, debt servicing consumed almost the entire net federal income of Rs1.4 trillion. In her[…]