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Politicians by inheritance

A politician is generally defined as a person who is ‘professionally’ involved in politics, especially as a holder of an elected office. However, almost all dictionaries also give the following…

A velvet glove

THESE days, the memories of 2006-07 seem rather vivid. Those days of upheaval were, to quote Dickens, “the best of times” and “the worst of times”. Marked by great violence…

No justice, no peace

A FRIEND reminded me on Sunday morning that our friendship has been going strong for 40 years. Not a mean feat for two single women who haven’t lived in the…

Approaching a dead end

FRENCH writer Georges Bernanos once said: “The worst, the most corrupting of lies are problems poorly stated.” His observation applies well to the ongoing war of words between the government…

Myth of trichotomy of powers

On my first day of law school in September 2004, the professor for Public Law informed us that there are three pillars of government: executive; legislature and judiciary. And that,…

Censoring freedoms

THERE seems to be no respite from state censorship. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked TikTok — a video-sharing app most popular among young people, which has been downloaded 43…

Back to the suo motu

The chief justice of Pakistan took suo-motu cognizance of the PTI regime’s response to Covid-19; critical remarks against Health Adviser to the PM Dr Zafar Mirza ran on a loop…

Opposition disarray, government’s challenges

One month after the July 25, 2018 elections, the process of governments' formation, cabinet postings, etc, is still playing out. Above this fray, the election for president looms, having exposed…