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Own Goals And Self-inflicted Gunshot Wounds

Own goals and self-inflicted gunshot wounds

The Punjab government’s handling of the young doctors’ agitation defies understanding. What could have been settled in a trice – provided there was no surfeit of untreated iron (sariya) in…

Saving precious lives

Violent crimes are increasing in the city at an alarming rate. Every day newspaper readers are confronted with headlines of someone shot here or worse still, a bloodbath there in…

Preventing suicide

IN a significant stride towards mental health reform, Pakistan decriminalised attempted suicide (later challenged in the Federal Sharia Court) by repealing Section 325 of the Pakistan Penal Code, a change…

Altar of apathy

Dr Aftab Ahmad from Kanganpur was a self-made person. Doing odd jobs, he earned his MEd from Allama Iqbal Open University, MPhil from Government College University Lahore and PhD in…

Killing fields

Authoritarianism breeds violence, and revels in its use as a weapon of fear, division, and terror. The Republican Party in its white supremacy incarnation now holds firm to an absolutist…

Demystifying the cult leader

The political echo chamber is abuzz with the word ‘cult’. A cult leader is a person of tremendous charisma who can make inroads into the hearts and minds of his…

Before Gorbachev : Part – II

In the USSR, the 1980s began with big news. The Soviet armies had entered Afghanistan in the last week of 1979 on the pretext of a request by the new…

Back where we started from

It has been twenty years since Afghanistan was attacked by the US and its allied forces to eliminate the Taliban. An estimated 170,000 people died – including 2,460 US service…

Gun violence

The US has the most guns per capita and the weakest gun control laws of any developed country. It is estimated that at least a third of American adults own…