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PM Khan Vs Gen Ziaul Haq

PM Khan vs Gen Ziaul Haq

The big fear in the first half of 2018 was that there would be no election. Somehow, someone, somewhere would find an excuse to delay the election. The conduct of…

Gen Zia All By Himself

Gen Zia all by himself

In this country of many dictators Gen Ziaul Haq truly stands out, all by himself, without the associates who had helped him perpetuate his rule. During his time Zia was…

The Zia Generation

The Zia generation

When I insist before my students that they are part of the ‘Zia generation’, some of them cringe. But it is true. Ours is a country in which the vast…

Nawaz’s 9-point agenda

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader, three times elected and convicted former prime minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, has been granted a temporary suspension of sentence in Al-Azizia…

Climate through a gender lens

The alarming reality of climate change has managed to get through to a large swathe of the population, with its implications on human health emerging as a prime concern. Yet,…

Human rights on the agenda

There are hundreds of political parties in Pakistan and dozens of them are active, but not many have human rights as a major agenda point on their manifestos. It should…

Confused agendas

The amount of confusion surrounding what the PTI and Imran Khan are precisely standing for continues to envelop the political thinking of the country. There is one point of view…

Deepening the Zia dictatorship

In my last article, ‘Remembering 1977’ (Aug 29), I highlighted how the year 1977 became a turning point in Pakistan’s history. Within 40 days after his military coup on July…

General’s ‘general law’ vs ‘special law’

The Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 was promulgated by General Pervez Musharraf, through a Presidential Ordinance on September 13, 2001, repealing the Income Tax Ordinance, 1979, which was also introduced by…

Imran Khan vs Ziaul Haq?

Some of the more effusive opponents of the current regime are prone to exaggeration. A most amusing bit of hyperventilation is when some claim with great confidence that the current…