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Senseless punishment

Corporal punishment is regularly used to discipline children in Pakistan. The latest report by Zindagi Trust reveals some shocking stats: about 75 per cent of schools including public, private, and…

Corporal punishment as culture

IN February 2021, a landmark bill to ban corporal punishment in all educational and childcare settings was moved in the National Assembly by MNA Mehnaz Akber Aziz and passed with cross-party support.…

The five capital curses

THE smell of rot in the state can be detected from a long distance. The communication gap between Pakistani rulers and the ruled continues to widen. The former claim the…

Violent capitals

PROMPTED by the escalation of brutal rape cases, Rahul Gandhi described India as ‘the rape capital of the world’. This may not be statistically accurate but as a political observation,…

Gluttons For Punishment

Gluttons for punishment

It was sad to witness the humiliation of Pakistan’s adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, by his Indian hosts and the Afghan president in Amritsar. Mr Aziz is one of…

A Capital Storm

A capital storm

A near-perfect storm is now swirling around capital punishment in Pakistan where a seven-year old moratorium has recently been lifted in the wake of the Peshawar tragedy. The EU is…

Crimea And Punishment

Crimea and punishment

NATO’S warning last Sunday that Russian troops were massing on Ukraine’s eastern border was followed by Kiev’s announcement of impending conflict, even as it ordered the withdrawal of its forces…

Road to progress

Pakistan today faces the gravest crisis in its history after its dismemberment in 1971. Its foreign reserves are down to $5.8 billion, which include deposits worth $5 billion from Saudi…

The only way forward

The main reasons for the impending economic default that Pakistan faces today are our lack of focus on judicial reforms, education, science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a tragic…

Innovation for prosperity – Part II

The manufacture and export of innovative high-tech products must serve as the key pillar of our economic growth. There are huge opportunities available in almost every sector. Let us consider…