Worsening Economic Condition of Pakistan by Aitzaz Ahmed Khan

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The worsening condition of Pakistan’s economy is a clear manifestation of the contradictions inherent in the capitalist mode of production. The country is plagued by a fiscal crisis, mounting foreign debt, a large trade deficit, an energy crisis, and a low tax-to-GDP ratio, all of which are symptoms of the systemic failures of capitalism.

The persistent fiscal deficit and rising public debt are the result of the government’s inability to control its spending, and the increasing power of finance capital. The high fiscal deficit and mounting debt put pressure on the value of the Pakistani Rupee, which is a clear indication of the exploitation and domination of the working class by the capitalist class.

The large trade deficit is a clear manifestation of the lack of competitiveness in the country’s manufacturing sector, which is unable to compete with low-cost producers in other countries. The trade deficit is also a result of the country’s dependency on imported oil, which highlights the power of the fossil fuel industry and the need for a transition to a renewable energy system.

The energy crisis, which has led to frequent power cuts and shortages, is a clear manifestation of the failure of the capitalist mode of production to meet the basic needs of the population. The energy crisis is the result of a lack of investment in the power sector, corruption, and mismanagement, which are all symptoms of the systemic failures of capitalism.

The low tax-to-GDP ratio is a clear indication of widespread tax evasion, corruption, and the lack of political will to implement reforms in the tax system. The low tax-to-GDP ratio is a result of the power of the capitalist class, who are able to evade taxes and accumulate wealth, while the working class is burdened with the consequences of the fiscal deficit and mounting debt.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated these economic challenges, leading to a decline in economic activity and a rise in unemployment. The pandemic has highlighted the need for a more robust healthcare system, and the government needs to focus on strengthening the country’s health system, to better respond to future health crises.

In conclusion, the worsening condition of Pakistan’s economy is a clear manifestation of the contradictions inherent in the capitalist mode of production. The country is facing a range of economic, financial, and structural problems, all of which are symptoms of the systemic failures of capitalism.

The government needs to take bold and decisive action to address these challenges, by implementing structural reforms, improving the ease of doing business, and engaging with the international community.

The working class must come together to challenge the power of the capitalist class and build a new, socialist system that meets the needs of all people.

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