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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…

Can’t take them on

One of the most dreadful periods I have lived through, as a citizen and as a journalist, was in the aftermath of the assassination of Salmaan Taseer in the first…

A question of national identity and pride

A passport serves as a symbol of a nation’s global standing and the level of respect it commands in the international community. It is a key document that facilitates travel…

Modi’s election playbook

In the evolving theatre of politics, narratives often take centre stage. When skillfully crafted and effectively delivered, they have the potential to have a profound impact on people, yielding results…

At last…

KING Charles III and I have waited 70 years for this. The last coronation he and I saw was that of his mo66ther Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953.…

War, media and the West

The Russia-Ukraine conflict has re-emerged as ‘the war of this century’ after the Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen wars. But this one differs from all the previous wars. The recent…

An inclusive Pakistan

On August 14, the entire nation will celebrate the diamond jubilee (75th anniversary) of the creation of Pakistan. Under the direction of Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf, four-day diamond…

Remembering Al-Farabi

Remembering great minds who contributed to the flourishing of civilisations is a commendable activity. It reminds us how hundreds of years ago, those who sought knowledge travelled across countries despite…

Promoting Gandhara

Today, on February 4, the people of Sri Lanka are celebrating their 74th Independence Day to commemorate their freedom and sovereignty from British imperialism. The 5,000-year-old ancient island is also…