September 2023

Ministry of Taxation?

According to the statistics agency, Pakistan’s annual inflation rate increased to 37.97% in May, breaking a previous record for the country.

The bureau’s declaration exacerbates the country’s economic predicament as key bailout negotiations with the IMF continue to stall, and the possibililty of sovereign default grows.

Relying upon taxes and levies as a mere source of immediate revenue generation is workable and easily available in such depressed economic conditions. Our Ministry of Finance must be renamed the Ministry of Taxation, to be very honest. Such blind imposition of random taxes on every soul of this country for the much-needed financial and economic growth stands no reason whatsoever as numerous avenues to generate sizable foreign exchange and revenues are still untapped.

Well Played, Stuart Broad!

Stuart Broad, England bowler, has recently announced his retirement from international cricket after this summer’s Ashes. The 37-year-old, who recently passed 600 wickets in Test cricket, announced his retirement after day three of the fifth Ashes Test between England and Australia at The Kia Oval.

Truly a representative of the gentleman’s game, the cricket journey of Stuart Broad exemplified his evolution from a defensive opener to an attacking bowler. Instead of being derailed like the Rawalpindi Express after a fiery stint in a few games, Stuart Broad served as a formidable inspiration to young cricketers who want to take their game to the highest level with persistence, determination, and hard work.

It’s No Joke

There should be a red line for those, particularly in the electronic media, who think everything can be aired and every word or slang expression can be used on television. The comedy talk show “Hasna Mana Hai”, hosted by Tabish Ahmed Hashmi, seems to have crossed all the ethical limits and indecency. Targeting the young audience in particular, the talk show, aired on Geo TV in late hours, is just crap. The language is quite suggestive in the name of comedy, and the show organizers seem to have lost their minds, as well as all the boundaries of ethics and moral values. One wonders what kind of people are running Pakistan’s electronic media and are producing filth in the guise of comedy shows. Indeed, it’s no joke.