Farhan Zaheer

Farhan Zaheer

A reporter on the business desk of The Express Tribune.

Living under constant fear of the Taliban

A few days ago, I decided to wait outside in a rickshaw we had hired while my friend popped into a shop. I noticed the rickshaw driver was in his early teens, so I asked him curiously, “Do you go to school?” He replied in the negative and then went on to tell me his story almost as if he was waiting for someone to ask. He said, “I used to go to school, but I only finished primary education. My studies came to a halt five years back when the Taliban destroyed my school.” He went on to describe how the army initiated a ...

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Sindh Culture Day: Balancing the past and the future

While it was heartening to see jubilant celebrations of Sindh Culture Day on December 4, a single decision by the Government of Sindh dented the celebrations in an irreparable manner. One would agree with the decision to officially celebrate the day, but announcing a public holiday thereafter seemed a step too far. It is a question we should at least ask ourselves. As far as Karachi is concerned, Sindh Culture Day will undoubtedly help foster closer ties between the different ethnic groups living in this economic powerhouse of a city. I do not think anyone who lives in Karachi will ...

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Why oppose the RGST?

Why is the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) such a headache for so many and why does the government keep insisting that it is ‘necessary for the country’? More than anybody else, people should listen to what economic experts say about RGST first. Talk to any analyst and expert on the economy of Pakistan and they will support the RGST being implemented. They do this because it will help increase tax collection and make a dent in the untaxed sectors of the country’s economy. Pakistan with just a nine per cent of tax-to-GDP ratio tops the list of countries with the ...

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