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Christians & caste

CHRISTMAS is hardly a big occasion in Pakistan. More than two million Pakistani Christians celebrate it guardedly, with few from the Muslim majority joining them. Government officials issue cut-and-paste statements…

Moral panic and social change

LAST week in an interview to a private TV channel, the prime minister made several remarks about what he believed were indicators of moral degradation in Pakistani society, and the underlying reason…

Updating Christian Personal Law

Updating Christian personal law

In 2016 a Christian man, Ameen Masih, wanted to divorce his wife. However, much to his dismay he found out that he could not do so under the 1869 Divorce…

Benefits of social cohesion

SOCIAL indicators have gained significance as critical variables, used to measure sociopolitical strength and the well-being of societies and communities. While academic and research efforts, mainly in developed nations, are…

The Potential Power Of Social Media

The potential power of social media

The writer is a freelance columnist and former newspaper editor. The swift action taken by Punjab Police at the giant Hafeez Centre Plaza, Lahore’s largest IT market, from where dozens…

Social Capital

Social capital

Capital within the capitalist mode of production has historically been counter-posed to labour. In a situation where the labouring class does not own any productive assets, workers are faced with…

On The Christian Protests

On the Christian protests

The Christians of Punjab have finally stood up and the rest of us are afraid. After suicide bombings at two churches in Youhanabad on March 15 which luckily ‘only’ killed…

German budget row prises open debt brake debate

Germany’s budget crisis has given new momentum to reforming self-imposed borrowing limits even among the opposition conservatives, as hunger for sorely needed investment trumps an earlier political obsession with fiscal…