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Dr Farrukh Saleem
Dr Farrukh Saleem

The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad.

  • July 26, 2020

    Restructuring NAB

    The World Bank and the IMF define corruption as “the abuse of public office for private gains”. Dr Robert Klitgaard, the established guru of...

  • July 19, 2020

    The KE journey

    September 1913: The Karachi Electric Supply Company was formed to meet the electricity needs of Karachi, a growing port city. In 1952, the...

  • July 12, 2020

    Four new records

    Record-breaking increase in public debt and liabilities. On the 18th of August 2018, Imran Khan took the oath of the prime ministerial office. As of...

  • July 05, 2020

    The oil blowup

    In June, there were around 220,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Pakistan. No one is driving around much. Public transportation is not...

  • June 28, 2020

    Defence budget - Part II

    Why are ‘military pensions’ of Rs359 billion not included in the ‘defence budget’? Answer: Generally accepted accounting principles are a...

  • June 23, 2020

    Defence budget

    Myth number 1: The defence budget eats up the lion’s share of our total budgetary expenses. Not true. In Budget 2020-21, ‘Defense Affairs and...

  • June 14, 2020

    Bloodbath

    There’s a bloodbath going on in our so-called Public Sector Enterprises . PSEs are taking on additional debt of around Rs700 billion a year. The...