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Polarization and threat to society

Long hauls often necessitate one to walk around inside the aircraft. I often stand peering through the tiny window on the emergency door, looking down at the passing ‘Lilliputian’ landscape…

A democratic and inclusive Afghanistan

Millions of Afghans face the spectre of hunger and starvation. The recent devastating earthquake is likely to complicate the situation, pushing more Afghans below the poverty line, adding to the…

‘Good Society’

It now looks almost certain that the next general elections would be held by August 2018. The incumbent federal and provincial governments, therefore, have just about five months to complete…

The Social Democratic Model

The social democratic model

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is clearly on a mission to revive the party in Punjab, and especially in Lahore. For the first time in recent times, he tried to…

The Civil Society’s Concerns

The civil society’s concerns

Responding to the enormity of crises faced by state and society, leading civil society activists and mainstream and left-oriented activists and intellectuals have come up with an alternative progressive democratic…

Faith And Civil Society

Faith and civil society

In my previous article in these pages (July 8, 2019), I discussed the paradox of collective freedom in faith-based communities. The article led to a heated debate around the existential…

Needed: A Democratic World Order

Needed: a democratic world order

Although many critics believe that the two terrible world wars that killed more than eight million people in the world were waged to capture markets and colonies, the West claims…

Spare democratic norms

WHOEVER counselled the federal cavaliers to drop their campaign to destabilise the Sindh government has done well by the country’s democracy that still needs oxygen to breathe. There is no…

Democratic deficit in global financial system

The government believes that Pakistani nationals having more than 152,500 offshore bank accounts could have stashed away a hefty sum of $11 billion, half of which is presumed to have…

Pakistan’s unfinished democratic revolution

Two weeks after the July 25, 2018 polls, the dust seems finally to be settling on one of the most controversial elections in Pakistan's history. Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)…