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Beg, borrow, repeat: Pakistan’s IMF addiction continues even as its finance minister leaves

Pakistan’s military-driven economic decision-making is based on ‘Jazba’ and 'Chanda'.
Asad Umar

Pakistan finance minister resigns amid final talks with IMF over bailout package

Pakistan finance minister Asad Umar resigns after being offered energy portfolio as part of cabinet reshuffle. Negotiations with IMF and FATF now at risk.
FATF

India to lobby for Pakistan’s blacklisting by anti-terror finance watchdog

Pakistan is currently placed on the FATF’s grey list. It can be put on the black list if it fails to meet certain conditions by September.
Pakistan finance minister Asad Umar

Didn’t cut Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mention from Pak finance minister’s interview, says BBC

Here’s what’s happening across the border: US to ensure Pak doesn't use IMF bailout to repay Chinese debt, and Voice of America’s Urdu and Pashto websites blocked in Pakistan.
Pak PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan’s Instagram page is world’s second most active government-run account, says BCW

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Pakistan assures help in advancing Afghan peace process after Trump’s request; Finance minister says country's economic crisis is over.
Arnold Schwarzenegger with Pak official

Arnold Schwarzenegger has promised to visit Pakistan, says official

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Imran Khan says Pakistan Army has supported all his decisions so far; China welcomes opening of the Kartarpur Corridor.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

Pakistan PM Imran Khan condemns ‘killings’ in Kashmir, harps on UN resolutions

Here’s what’s happening across the border: PPP co-chairman Zardari is ready to talk to Nawaz Sharif, and newspapers editors object to new media legislation.
Tehmina Durrani

Pakistani writer Tehmina Durrani is distressed by husband Shehbaz Sharif’s jail conditions

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Pakistan has no qualms about sharing loan details with IMF; leaders pay homage to human rights defender Asma Jahangir.
Pakistan finance minister Asad Umar

Pakistan to seek IMF bailout as forex reserves fall dangerously

Pakistan’s forex reserves have plunged 40% in 2018 to lowest in almost 4 years. It’s running twin current-account and budget deficits of more than 5% of GDP.
Asad Umar

Pakistan’s new finance minister isn’t afraid of taking risks

People who know Asad Umar say he's brilliant, has a good team and is the right man to fix the problems Pakistan faces.

On Camera

Congress headquarters

One in three people at Congress rallies may not have voted for the party: Lokniti-CSDS

Survey data from BJP and Congress rallies during 2019 election suggest that huge crowds are deceiving and don’t translate into votes in favour.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

The Mandal-Mandir era is over, make way for Modi

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.