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Taxes, social services, gender & equality – Dr Ikramul Haq

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The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), today launched the Women’s Economic Empowerment Activity (WEEA). This five-year initiative...

FBR: A house in shambles – Dr Ikramul Haq

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The Business Recorder on 12 August 2011, under the title, FBR: A divided house , published an article, some excerpts of which need to...

IMF’s programmes & tax reforms – Dr Ikramul Haq

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According to a press report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is looking forward to continuing discussions with the Pakistani authorities on the set of...

Inflation is taxation without legislation – Dr Ikramul Haq

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“Inflation is taxation without legislation—Milton Friedman—Editorial of November 11, 2009, in Wall Street Journal, titled, Taxation without Legislation The budget for the fiscal year 2020-21...

Phony wars – Dr Ikramul Haq

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June 26 marks the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The theme for 2021 is ‘Share facts on drugs, save lives’. According...

Not a people’s budget – Dr Ikramul Haq

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Fixing of unachievable tax target for the FBR represents continuation of past legacies that relied on ill-directed, illogical, regressive and unfair taxes. Such skewered...

Provinces and unconstitutional taxation – Dr Ikramul Haq

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Any provincial assembly that imposes legislation that includes levy of any tax or duty — yielding extra-territorial impact and involving entities operating on trans-provincial...

When will Pakistan have a pro-people budget? – Dr Ikramul Haq

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A student recently asked me to outline an ideal people-friendly budget. My answer was and remains this: it should boast long-term vision for growth...

Pakistan, the IMF and debtocracy – Dr Ikramul Haq

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All indicators show that our successive governments, including the incumbent one, due to imprudent economic and tax policies, have pushed Pakistan into chronic, unremitting,...

Averting fiscal disaster – Dr Ikramul Haq

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The coalition government of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is facing fiscal disaster as evident from Summary of Consolidated Federal and Provincial Fiscal Operations,...