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Pandemic planning

WE finally have confirmation: at the time of writing, there are at least four confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Pakistan. One of the patients travelled to Iran and was exhibiting symptoms…

Local planning

ALL reforms are local and must be contextualised. Oft-quoted in the literature on local-level reforms, Micklethwait and Wooldridge point out that “the state is an incredibly blunt instrument; it gets…

Girls In The Classroom

Girls in the classroom

The PTI government has thankfully completed its first 100 days in office amid the commotion of lofty claims, the search for a way out of the woods, and an oscillation…

A Time Bomb Of Illiteracy

A time bomb of illiteracy

Undergoing a protracted politico-economic conflict with Islamabad, Balochistan is a ticking time bomb of multiple social disasters. With immense strategic importance, abundance of natural resources, an over 700km long coastline…

The realities of life

We are once again caught in a situation where politics in Pakistan revolves largely around the issue of corruption and accusations made by the PTI against its political opponents. Recently,…

A tale of two siblings

Monday on October 31, 2022, Chandrasakeran, the Chairman of Tata Sons of India, announced the following: “It is truly a historic day. Today we mark the beginning of full-scale aircraft…

Investing in midwives

Pakistan observed the International Day of the Midwife on May 5, which also marked the 100th anniversary of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) that together with the UNFPA and…

Pakistan’s generational shift

Last year saw the publication of ‘Womansplaining – Navigating Activism, Politics and Modernity in Pakistan,’ a book edited by Federal Minister Sherry Rehman to which I was able to contribute…

Elevated whimsy

An elevated expressway has been planned from the middle of the city of Lahore to ease the exit from the center of the city, thus joining the Ravi toll plaza.…