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Communication and Covid

The Covid-19 pandemic might not alter the existing power status-quo in a fundamental way. It, nonetheless, did end up highlighting global neglect of non-traditional security threats.  The pandemic revealed –…

Foreign Office needs reform

NO institution can perform effectively unless it is able to adapt to changes around it, leverage the opportunities offered by a globalised world and learn new skills to deal with…

Climate challenge

This Christmas will not be the same. The best gift the world is anticipating this year is from the scientific research community – the Covid-19 vaccine. Next year, perhaps, will…

Pakistan in 2020 – Part I

When I think of the daily circus that is the evening TV political talk show circuit, only a fraction of their airtime is dedicated to issues that have any lasting…

Communication or confusion?

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed our individual, societal and state level capacity gaps like never before. A cross-cutting gap has been with respect to communication, the single most important factor,…

Arts or science?

ADD ‘or commerce?’ to the question in the title. With the examination season in full swing, to be followed by college admissions a few months later, this is naturally the…

Crunch time for universities

AS Pakistan’s economy heads south, some in higher education are panicking. Cutbacks for scientific equipment, reduction in travel grants for conferences abroad, fewer government overseas scholarships, and elimination of research…

The right to food

ONCE tattered, the now freshly paved paths leading to Lahore’s ritzy Emporium Mall also give easy access to fellow Pakistanis from 700 dusty, dilapidated homes. Residents of this basti, in…

The Nutrition Emergency

The nutrition emergency

Nutrition remains one of the least-talked-about sectors in Pakistan, even though it has the most debilitating impact on poverty and the quality of life. The nutrition debate has been submerged…

Why The PTI Must Win

Why the PTI must win

Let’s start with the easiest argument. We gave Zardari’s PPP five years and then Sharif’s PML-N another five. We are already in the pits. How will giving Imran a chance…