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House in order – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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Public procurement: The federal government and the four provincial governments collectively buy goods and services around Rs10 trillion a year every year. That converts...

Tsunami – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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The PTI versus the opposition. The PTI versus the establishment. The PTI versus the Election Commission of Pakistan. The PTI versus Biden. The PTI...

The falling rupee – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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Background: Between May and September the rupee fell from Rs152-to-a-dollar to Rs173-to-a-dollar. That’s a wholesome Rs21 fall in 123 days. That steep a fall...

Whole-of-nation – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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Five Eyes – an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US – are watching. Five Eyes has put Pakistan...

Alarm bells – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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Background: In 1947, a US dollar was worth Rs3.31. Fast forward. During the PPP’s five years in government, the rupee lost 20 percent of...

Value of a currency – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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2008-2013: On February 18, 2008, the PPP led by Asif Ali Zardari won 116 seats in the National Assembly. On March 25, Yousaf...

Afghanistan calculus – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan used to raise $2.8 billion in domestic revenues per year and spent $11.4 billion per year. Of the $11.4...

Three years – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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Pre-election: the PTI had the best manifesto; 61 pages, 639 sentences and 14,640 words. ‘The Road to Naya Pakistan’ was thorough, focused and...

New Afghanistan – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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Education: In 2001, primary school student enrollment in Afghanistan stood at 773,623. It has now grown to over 7 million. In 2001, total student...

Food insecurity – Dr Farrukh Saleem

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I was shocked to read the ‘International Food Security Assessment 2021-31’ by the United States Department of Agriculture. I was shocked to find...