The endless rounds of prime ministerial elections are no longer funny. The economy, which was already suffering from various ailments, has become its worst victim. The parties that have subverted democratic processes and procedures at the drop of a hat, are saying that the caretaker government does not have a moral authority to present a full-fledged budget. We are not amused. The absence of full budget is taking all kinds of negative tolls. The government is losing money, imports are taking southward-turn, even domestic manufacturing has been hit. Businessmen and investors are in utter confusion as tax and other financial policies could not be announced. In this edition’s cover story, we have chosen to highlight the consequences of political obstacles holding back the economy.